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Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to The National Sea Shore and the Surrounding Area


Here's your complete resource guide to all facets of Point Reyes and its surroundings, from the National Seashore, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor state parks, Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, to the towns of Bolinas, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness, and Marshall.
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Here's your complete resource guide to all facets of Point Reyes and its surroundings, from the National Seashore, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor state parks, Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, to the towns of Bolinas, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness, and Marshall.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899973500
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 578,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Map: Point Reyes National Seashore and Vicinity II
Map: Routes to Point Reyes National Seashore VIII
Acknowledgments XIII
Chapter 1 Making the Most of Your Point Reyes Experience 1
Point Reyes: A Place Apart 1
Using This Book 3
Map: Map Legend 5
Seasonal Guide 6
Activities and Hikes by Theme and Weather 12
Chapter 2 Natural History 17
Topography 19
Geology 20
Climate 21
Plant Communities 23
Animals 32
The Vision Fire 40
Chapter 3 Human History 43
The First Residents 43
Early Europeans 44
The Missions 46
Mexican Rule and Land Grants 46
The Dairy Empire 47
New Owners 48
Creation of the National Seashore 49
Land Around the Park 52
Chapter 4 Visiting Point Reyes and the Surrounding Area 55
Visitor Information 55
Directions to Point Reyes and Surrounding Area 55
Hazards and Safety Advice 57
Outdoor Activities 60
Hiking 60
Biking 61
Kayaking 63
Boat-in Camping 66
Horseback Riding 68
Beachcombing and Swimming 68
Fishing and Clamming 72
Picnicking 72
Camping 73
Whale-watching 73
Birding 75
Tidepooling 77
Wildflower Viewing 79
Touring the Point Reyes Area 79
Point Reyes Towns 79
Local Food and Agriculture 88
Lodging 91
Chapter 5 Point Reyes Trails and Beaches 95
Visitor Information 95
Directions to Point Reyes 95
Transportation Within the Park 96
Visitor Centers 96
Camping at Point Reyes National Seashore 97
Visitor Regulations at Point Reyes National Searshore 100
Bear Valley Trails and Beaches 101
Bear Valley Visitor Center 101
Map 1 Bear Valley and Five Brooks Areas 102
Interpretive Trails 104
Trip 1 Bear Valley Trail to Divide Meadow and Arch Rock 107
Trip 2 Bear Valley to Mt. Wittenberg 110
Trip 3 Bear Valley to Meadow to Old Pine, Baldy, or the Coast 111
Trip 4 Bear Valley to the Coast via Mt. Wittenberg and the Woodward Valley trails 113
Trip 5 Bear Valley to the Coast via the Glen Trail 116
Trip 6 Rift Zone Trail 118
Limantour Road Trails and Beaches 120
Map 2 Limantour and Inverness Areas 122
Sky Trailhead 124
Trip 7 Mt. Wittenberg via the Horse and Z Ranch trails 124
Trip 8 Woodward Valley Trail to the Coast; return on Fire Lane Trail 125
Trip 9 Coastal View Loop on the Bayview, Laguna, and Fire Lane trails 128
Trip 10 To Limantour Beach via the Laguna and Fire Lane trails 130
Bayview Trailhead 131
Trip 11 Bayview Trail through Muddy Hollow to the Laguna Trail 132
Trip 12 Inverness Ridge to Bucklin Trail and return on the Bayview Trail 134
Muddy Hollow Trailhead 137
Trip 13 Muddy Hollow Road 137
Laguna Trailhead 138
Trip 14 Laguna-Fire Lane-Coast Trail Loop 139
Limantour Beach and Trailhead 140
Trip 15 Beach Walk to Coast Camp 142
Trip 16 Limantour Spit Trail 144
Sir Francis Drake Highway Trails and Beaches 145
Map 3 Point Reyes, Drakes Beach, and Estero Areas 146
Trip 17 Drive to Point Reyes Hill and Mt. Vision 148
Trip 18 Estero Trail to Drakes Head 149
Trip 19 Bull Point Trail 151
Drakes Beach 152
Point Reyes Beach (North and South) 156
Chimney Rock Trailhead 157
Trip 20 Chimney Rock Trail 159
The Lighthouse 160
Pierce Point Road Trails and Beaches 164
Trip 21 Marshall Beach and Lairds Landing trails 164
Map 4 Tomales Point and Pierce Point Road Areas 166
Trip 22 Abbotts Lagoon Trail 168
Kehoe Beach 169
Trip 23 Kehoe Beach to Abbotts Lagoon 171
McClures Beach 172
Trip 24 Tomales Point Trail 174
Upper Pierce Point Ranch 175
Five Brooks Trails and Beaches 178
Trip 25 Firtop via Greenpicker and Stewart trails 179
Map 5 Palomarin, Olema Valley, and Five Brooks trailheads 180
Trip 26 Valley to Ridge Loop on Greenpicker, Ridge, Bolema, Olema Valley trails 182
Trip 27 Stewart Trail to Wildcat Camp 183
Trip 28 Wildcat Camp and Beach via the Greenpicker Trail 185
Trip 29 Shuttle Trip to Palomarin 187
Trip 30 Shuttle Trip to Arch Rock via the Greenpicker and Coast trails; return through Bear Valley 188
Palomarin Trails and Beaches 191
Palomarin Beach 192
Trip 31 Coast Trail to Bass Lake, Alamere Falls, Wildcat Camp 192
Trip 32 Coast and Ridge Loop 195
Backpacking 197
Backpacking Camps 199
Trip Suggestions 202
Backpack 1 Wildcat Camp via the Coast Trail from Palomarin 202
Backpack 2 Coast Camp via the beach from Limantour Trailhead 202
Backpack 3 Coast Camp via the Coast Trail from Laguna Trailhead near Point Reyes hostel 202
Backpack 4 Wildcat and Coast camps 203
Backpack 5 Sky and Coast camps 204
Backpack 6 Glen and Wildcat camps from Bear Valley to Palomarin 204
Backpack 7 Glen and Wildcat camps from Five Brooks 205
Backpack 8 The Circuit 206
Chapter 6 Excursions in the Point Reyes Area 207
Tomales Bay State Park 207
West Shore Beaches 209
Picnicking 210
Hiking 210
Trip 33 Jepson-Johnstone Loop 211
Trip 34 Hearts Desire Beach to Shell Beach 212
East Shore Beach 213
Golden Gate National Recreation Area 215
Trip 35 Bolinas Ridge Trail 215
Map 6 Bolinas Ridge and Olema Valley 216
Trip 36 Bolinas Ridge and Olema Valley Loop 218
Trip 37 Tomales Bay Trail 219
Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Preserve 221
Henderson Overlook 221
Map 7 Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Preserve 222
Birds of the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve 223
Loop Trails 223
History of the Preserve 223
Other Audubon Canyon Ranch Preserves 224
Samuel P. Taylor State Park 225
Map 8 Samuel P. Taylor State Park 226
Camping 227
Picnicking 228
Salmon-viewing Spots 228
Trails 230
Trip 38 Cross Marin Trail 230
Trip 39 Pioneer Nature Trail 230
Trip 40 Stairstep Falls 231
Trip 41 Barnabe Mountain Loop on Bills and Ridge trails 231
References and Selected Readings 235
Index 237
Map Index 249
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