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Stories and Tips Point Reyes National Seashore

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Tule Elk preserve

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

These magnificent animals were nearly extinct 140 years ago, but were reintroduced to the park in 1978. The herds have done so well, they’ve had to resort to birth control shots! The Tule Elk Preserve is in the far north part of the park –…Read More


Visiting Johnson's Oyster Farm

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

A short, narrow, rough dirt road leads south to Drake’s Estero from Sir Francis Drake Blvd a little more than halfway on the trip from the Bear Valley Visitor’s Center to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. At the end of the road is special treat -…Read More


Bear Valley Visitor’s Center

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

This is a terrific starting point to learn about Point Reyes’ activities, history, and geology. Dioramas provide information about the plants and animals here. Reservations and permits for camping can be obtained here. The staff here are knowledgable about all aspects of the park. Trail…Read More


Harbor seals and sea lions

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

Harbor seal and sea lion sightings at Point Reyes are quite common, but since other, more unique animals are here (elk, whales, elephant seals), I consider it an added bonus, rather than a top-notch attraction. The two best spots I’ve found are the Sea Lion…Read More


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Elephant Seal viewing

Written by spuguru on 31 Dec, 2000

Elephant seal breeding season runs December through March. About 1500-2000 elephant seals will be at Point Reyes at the peak. Late January onward is prime viewing time, as mothers arrive and pups are born - we saw one that was only hours old! There are…Read More


Hiking to Alamere Falls

Written by spuguru on 31 Dec, 2000

Hike overview This moderate hike totals just under 4 miles each direction, starting at the Palomarin parking lot at the southern tip of Point Reyes. Most of the "Coast Trail" consists of gentle slopes with little shade. The falls are small (at least in…Read More


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Point Reyes Ranching - milking the past

Written by gosusan on 17 Oct, 2001

After searching for all the large mammals that one can see at Point Reyes, Elephant Seals, Sea Lions (each with their own lookout) Tule Elk and even the occasional whale, do not overlook a very common habitant here, Bos taurus. Point Reyes has a…Read More


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Cows at the seashore??

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

Weird, but true. Much of Point Reyes used to be cattle grazing land for dairy farms. A handful of historic ranches still remain on Sir Francis Drake Hwy and Pierce Point Rd. As you drive along, you’ll marvel at the juxtaposition of looking at wild…Read More


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For more to do (and to eat and sleep...)

Written by gosusan on 18 Oct, 2001

For more activities in the area (including Kayaking) please see my journal on Inverness entitled "Civilization on Tomales Bay." Inverness is the closest town to Point Reyes, and I've added some accomodation and meal entries as well. Admittedly, these selections are on…Read More


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Gray whales and the Point Reyes Light

Written by spuguru on 02 Jan, 2001

Gray whales migrate extremely close to the headlands of Point Reyes from December through May. Viewing from Point Reyes is free and unintrusive to the whales (as opposed to boat viewing) and you may be as close as a hundred feet from these massive mammals…Read More


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