Sunsets

Sunset Beach is located west of Drakes Head, just inside the mouth of Drakes Estero. This unique place where estuary meets ocean marks one of the richest intertidal zones in Point Reyes National Seashore. Sunset Beach is thin and rocky, but celebrated for its tide pools and views of the inner bay, Limantour Spit, and surrounding bluffs. Visitors will enjoy a varied 8.9mile round trip trek through rolling headlands to the beach, with excellent land and marine wildlife viewing opportunities.

Chimney Rock caps the easternmost extension of the Point Reyes Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets Drakes Bay. The headland is renowned for spring wildflowers, elephant seal colonies and seasonal whale watching. Clear days afford sweeping views of Drakes Beach, Drakes Estero, Limantour Beach and the Farallon Islands. Those who venture along the 1.8mile round trip trail will enjoy sensational views across the entire Point Reyes Peninsula, and glimpses of secluded beaches and coves below. Look for elephant seals, raptors, various seabirds and deer. A diverting alternative trail traces the cliff's edge back to the main trail's approximate midpoint.

McClures Beach is the northernmost accessible beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, an idyllic crescent framed by towering bluffs and pounding waves. Distance from the main visitor center keeps crowds to a minimum in this tranquil corner of the Park. Swimming, wading and surfing are not permitted at McClures Beach due to strong surf and active White Shark populations just off shore. Hazards notwithstanding this is arguably one of Point Reyes' most compelling beaches for its size, scenery and location.