Hiking at Point Reyes, California

Point Reyes, California ‘

On our trip to San Francisco, we took a hiking day trip up to Point Reyes.

After an hour drive, we pulled into Point Reyes Station which displayed a typical small one road town. Staple stores can be found, along with our breakfast destination the Station House Cafe.

We arrived close to opening at 8AM to a light crowd and we were handed their extensive breakfast menu. My brother got the huevos rancheros, Kevin for the french toast, and I got the station house breakfast with a griddled blueberry muffin. Everything (and I mean everything) was so delicious- the perfect start for a day of hiking! I would never think to grill a muffin and now that I have, I do not want muffins any other way. We would easily return to this place in the future if our travel put us back in the Point Reyes area.

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We continued driving until we got tot the entrance of the Point Reyes National Park at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. We knew there was good hiking out here and being close to the coast, we were hoping for some ocean views as well.

It was the perfect day for hiking and with full stomachs, we made our way on the trail to Sky marked on the map. Kevin had read there was a gorgeous view at the top so we gradually made our way up.

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The hike was not challenging but parts were definitely steeper than others. As we closed in on the top, our excited grew and then overwhelmed with disappointment when this was out view:

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Where was the ocean view??? As we analyzed the map, we were hoping to be higher in elevation to be able to see father since we only hiked halfway between the Visitor Center and the ocean. Oh well! We unfortunately did not have enough time to venture the second half of the mountain to the ocean (for another trip!) as we had reservations to get to with Hog Oyster Island!

After lunch and with day light still left, we decided on our drive back to stop by the Point Reyes Beach. Since hiking would take too long, we drove to the beach and spent time with the Pacific Ocean (freezing by the way!). After some time on the beach, we made our way back to the city.

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May sure to leave plenty of time to complete the hike Point Reyes National Park if you intend on making it to the ocean view. The trail we intended on completing was the Sky-Bear Valley Loop clocking in at 17 km. Highly recommend this day trip when staying in the San Francisco area!

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