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“Away from the crowds with many options and elk!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-464-5100
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: The 100 square miles of this spectacular coast are home to over 400 species of birds.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Away from the crowds with many options and elk!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

There are too many attractions at Point Reyes and with limited time we decided to drive out to the Elk reserve. The drive itself is scenic and there are interesting vistas along the way, so take your time. The old dairy at the end of the road next to the car park was interesting and is still undergoing restoration. It should be really good in several years. Meanwhile, the short walk of about 1-2 miles towards the Elk Reserve was rewarding with nice views of the seashore, crashing surf on one side and rolling hills with concealed Elk on the other. We knew they were there as evidenced by the many droppings on the trail. We took lots of pictures of the sea and as it was sunset we got some fantastic ones. We had almost given up seeing the Tule Elk when we finally came to a small valley as the path cut inland. There were about 50 animals some distance away and not at all accessible without breaking some of the trail rules, which we did not. However, we saw what we came for and headed back to the car. As we drove out towards the entrance, about half a mile from the dairy, we stopped for a last time to admire the sun as it finally dipped below the horizon.With cameras clicking we felt it was a good successful afternoon. However, glancing on the other side of the road we were surprised to see a group of about 10 elk less that 20 yards off the road. Wow, what a surprise and how nice for them to be there peacefully grazing and posing for the camera!! Definitely recommended for a quiet park visit with a difference.

Visited January 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“An island of beauty in a jam-packed megalopolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Here's what you get. Beaches, redwoods, meadows, streams, estuaries, the Pacific Ocean, trails for hiking, cycling and horses, native elk, views and more. You also get, depending on the season and the weather, lots of people, but nothing compared to other more accessible and famous national parks and their cousins. Nearby are once farm towns ramped up for the tourist trade, beds and breakfasts, and all the usual things you need to survive. Some very good restaurants are close and San Francisco is just a moderate drive away. If you haven't been to Point Reyes, go. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. It isn't the bucolic and almost deserted paradise it was before it became part of the National Seashore, but in an age of crowded and over-used public places, it's still pretty darned great.

Visited January 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Point Reyes - Tomales Point Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This 9.5 mile trail is fantastic, if you have time to spare and are in the mood for a long hike with a lot of ups and downs. From the visitor center, the drive to the trailhead takes a solid 30-40 minutes on a one-lane (each direction) windy road past ranches, cattle and and fields. Once all the way out there, there is NOTHING. If you are hiking for any distance, bring all water, food, gear with you. There is a primitive bathroom at the adjacent trailhead, but really nothing else. This is an out-and-back trail. Just when you crest another hill and think you are at the end ... you are not. Just keep going. And going. Popular trail. I was there on a Sunday in late January 2014, and there were lots of people around. But, it didn't feel too crowded. I saw three different herds of elk, grazing on the surrounding hillsides. The views are ocean and surrounding landscape are really beautiful. The trail itself is well maintained, well trodden and easy to follow, except maybe at the very top/end where there is brush overgrowth and the base turns from compact in a somewhat annoying loose sand/dirt. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a flat trail (I heard someone say that at the visitor center) -- it is NOT. There is very little that is flat. It's either up, or down, or up and down.

Visited January 2014
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Millbrae, California
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“Elephant Seals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

During the mating season, there is a shuttle that will take you to the elephant seal beach where they haul out. There is a platform where the visitors can observe them. It was exciting to see the huge males and the females with their pups. There are docents there to give you more information and answer your questions. Very educational for the kids. And Grownups too. For those of you who can't make it to Ano Nuevo State Beach, this is the next best thing

Visited January 2014
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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“One look & you'll know why JFK loved it here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Amazing views, atmosphere, hiking trails await. This is a wonderfully relaxing area to visit. We spent a week in the area and absolutely loved it.

Visited January 2014
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