Limantour Spit

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain64ft
Trailhead Elevation20ft
Elevation Min/Max16/27ft
Elevation Start/End20/20ft

Limantour Spit

Limantour Spit is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is a mile long and begins at 20 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 64 feet.

Limantour Spit Professional Reviews and Guides

"Limantour Spit is an easy but invigorating walk along the dunes between Limantour Estero and Beach. On clear days you’ll have stunning views north of Chimney Rock and Drakes Head, and south along the coast and up Inverness Ridge. Look for shorebirds in the estero and harbor seals on the spit."

"This refreshing hike along the dunes and beach provides good views, lots of birds and a reminder of the historic struggle to create a park."

"This is one of the most easily accessed trails for a coastal experience in Point Reyes. This hike is a triple-header showcasing Point Reyes National Seashore’s phenomenal Limantour Beach, pristine sand dunes, and awe-inspiring estuary. Point Reyes National Seashore’s 71,000-acre park is steeped in history beginning with the geological forces that shaped the land millions of years ago.

Movement of the tectonic plates along the San Andreas Fault has shifted the Point Reyes Peninsula northward from the southernmost Sierra Nevada in the Tehachapi Mountains 350
miles south. The most recent dramatic surge occurred during the 1906 earthquake. The jolt moved Point Reyes 20 feet northwestward. There’s an Earthquake Trail near the Bear Valley Visitor Center on the way to Limantour Beach."

"A simple stroll down Limantour Beach follows the curve of Drakes Bay to reach Coast Camp. At low tide, you can explore Sculptured and Secret beaches beyond."

Limantour Spit Reviews

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This is a nice easy coastal walk, I guess you could say. We camped at Coast Camp and hiked this trail out to the cars. So why the lower rating? Crowds. There were lots of people in this so-called-wilderness.

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco 94123-0022; (415) 561-4700 or (415) 426-5240;
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Oct 2018