Point Reyes Complete Guide: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Google eBook)

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Wilderness Press, Oct 9, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 249 pages
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Only 30 miles from San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore attracts admirers year-round to its forests, wetlands, and beaches. Visitors come to this tranquil place to hike, camp, backpack, bike, kayak, horseback ride, picnic, fish, and nature-watch. This invaluable resource gives detailed information on the trails, roads, camps, and and beaches within the Seashore, plus surrounding parks and preserves. Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area has much more than coverage of all the popular recreational activities and hiking trails.
  

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This absolutely, hands down the best guide to the Point Reyes National Seashore. There are hundreds of hiking trails throughout the area and without this indispensable guide it would be extremely difficult to determine the terrain and difficulty of a particular trail. Trails can range from easy to strenuous which is always good information to have prior to a day of hiking. The book has maps, excellent descriptions as well as clear and concise directions on how to get to each trailhead. If you're a hiker, this is definitely the Point Reyes bible. 

Contents

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE HIGHWAY TRAILS AND BEACHES
145
Point Reyes Drakes Beach and Estero Areas
146
Drive to Point Reyes Hill and Mt Vision
148
Estero Trail to Drakes Head
149
Bull Point Trail
151
DRAKES BEACH
152
POINT REYES BEACH NORTH AND SOUTH
156
CHIMNEY ROCK TRAILHEAD
157

CLIMATE
21
PLANT COMMUNITIES
23
ANIMALS
32
THE VISION FIRE
40
Human History
43
EARLY EUROPEANS
44
THE MISSIONS
46
THE DAIRY EMPIRE
47
NEW OWNERS
48
CREATION OF THE NATIONAL SEASHORE
49
LAND AROUND THE PARK
52
Visiting Point Reyes and the Surrounding Area
55
HAZARDS AND SAFETY ADVICE
57
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
60
BIKING
61
KAYAKING
63
BOATIN CAMPING
66
HORSEBACK RIDING
68
FISHING AND CLAMMING
72
CAMPING
73
BIRDING
75
TIDEPOOLING
77
WILDFLOWER VIEWING
79
LOCAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
88
LODGING
94
Point Reyes Trails and Beaches
95
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE PARK
96
CAMPING AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
97
VISITOR REGULATIONS AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
100
BEAR VALLEY TRAILS AND BEACHES
101
Bear Valley and Five Brooks Areas
102
INTERPRETIVE TRAILS
104
Bear Valley Trail to Divide Meadow and Arch Rock
107
Bear Valley to Mt Wittenberg
110
Bear Valley to Meadow to Old Pine Baldy or the Coast
111
Bear Valley to the Coast via Mt Wittenberg and the Woodward Valley trails
113
Bear Valley to the Coast via the Glen Trail
116
Rift Zone Trail
118
LIMANTOUR ROAD TRAILS AND BEACHES
120
Limantour and Inverness Areas
122
SKY TRAILHEAD
124
Woodward Valley Trail to the Coast return on the Fire Lane Trail
125
Coastal View Loop on the Bayview Laguna and Fire Lane trails
128
To Limantour Beach via the Laguna and Fire Lane trails
130
BAYVIEW TRAILHEAD
131
Bayview Trail through Muddy Hollow to the Laguna Trail
132
Inverness Ridge to Bucklin Trail and return on the Bayview Trail
134
MUDDY HOLLOW TRAILHEAD
137
LAGUNA TRAILHEAD
138
LagunaFire LaneCoast Trail Loop
139
LIMANTOUR BEACH AND TRAILHEAD
140
Beach Walk to Coast Camp
142
Limantour Spit Trail
144
Chimney Rock Trail
159
THE LIGHTHOUSE
160
PIERCE POINT ROAD TRAILS AND BEACHES
164
Tomales Point and Pierce Point Road Areas
166
Abbotts Lagoon Trail
168
KEHOE BEACH
169
Kehoe Beach to Abbotts Lagoon
171
MCCLURES BEACH
172
Tomales Point Trail
174
UPPER PIERCE POINT RANCH
175
FIVE BROOKS TRAILS AND BEACHES
178
Firtop via Greenpicker and Stewart trails
179
Palomarin Olema Valley and Five Brooks Trailheads
180
Valley to Ridge Loop on Greenpicker Ridge Bolema Olema Valley trails
182
Stewart Trail to Wildcat Camp
183
Wildcat Camp and Beach via the Greenpicker Trail
185
Shuttle Trip to Palomarin
187
Shuttle Trip to Arch Rock via the Greenpicker and Coast trails return through Bear Valley
188
PALOMARIN TRAILS AND BEACHES
191
PALOMARIN BEACH
192
Coast and Ridge Loop
195
BACKPACKING
197
BACKPACKING CAMPS
199
TRIP SUGGESTIONS
202
Wildcat and Coast camps
203
Sky and Coast camps
204
Glen and Wildcat camps from Five Brooks
205
The Circuit
206
Excursions in the Point Reyes Area
207
WEST SHORE BEACHES
209
PICNICKING
210
JepsonJohnstone Loop
211
Hearts Desire Beach to Shell Beach
212
EAST SHORE BEACH
213
GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
215
Bolinas Ridge and Olema Valley
216
Bolinas Ridge and Olema Valley Loop
218
Tomales Bay Trail
219
AUDUBON CANYON RANCH BOLINAS LAGOON PRESERVE
221
Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Preserve
222
BIRDS OF THE BOLINAS LAGOON PRESERVE
223
OTHER AUDUBON CANYON RANCH PRESERVES
224
SAMUEL P TAYLOR STATE PARK
225
Samuel P Taylor State Park
226
CAMPING
227
PICNICKING
228
Cross Marin Trail
230
Stairstep Falls
231
References and Selected Readings
235
Index
237
MAP INDEX
249
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About the author (2013)

Jessica Lage is a Bay Area native. Her expertise about local trails is gleaned from years of packing down dirt.

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