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San Jose, California
July 26, 2014
Point Reyes National Seashore - Estero Trail
Marin County
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Point Reyes National Seashore - Estero Trail
July 26, 2014


Drake's Estero is believed to be the location where in 1579 on his global circumnavigation, the English explorer Sir Francis Drake grounded his ship, The Golden Hinde, to make repairs. Today many of the geologic features in the Point Reyes area bear his name.


The views of the Estero change constantly with the rising and falling of the tides. We may have the calm mirror like waters of high tide, reflecting the cliffs and blue sky, or we may have the mud flats and a maze of channels revealed only at low tide.


Walking the Walk

We will hike the Estero Trail to Drakes Head, a bluff overlooking Limantour Beach and Drakes Bay. From this vantage point we should spot leopard sharks and bat rays in the shallow waters below. Along the way we will pass through a pine forest where Great Egrets nest in the treetops. We emerge from the forest, cross a tidal estuary and then walk through the open spaces from one finger of the Estero to another. We are likely to see many other species of birds, such as white pelicans and osprey.

Level: 3       Miles: 9.8       Elevation: 700 ft       Host: Troy & Amy



DRIVE TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes. Take 880 north to 580 west. Once across the San Rafael bridge exit on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd for 22 miles and turn right on Hwy 1. Go 2 miles and turn left on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue another 8.5 miles and turn left at the sign for Estero Trail. Parking is at the end of the road.


Parking is free


Know Before You Go:


Note: Much of this hike, including our meeting spot, has no shade. Sun screen and/or protective clothing are suggested. Also, the Point Reyes area is notorious for being foggy and much cooler than other bay area locations in the summer. Layered clothing is recommended.