The Estero trail showcases wildflowers, raptors, waterbirds, seals, sharks and dramatic coastal views. Enjoy this special wild place!
The peak of wildflower bloom is always an excellent time to take a rich, eight-mile walk along the Estero trail to Drake’s Head overlooking Limantour Estero. Pausing to view the diversity of wildflowers and other plants along the trail will give us an opportunity to rest along the way.
Of course, we will also stop to view the many grebes, scoters, shorebirds, and other waterbirds that are migrating and feeding in the rich estuaries. Many land birds will already be in the midst of nesting activity and we will identify them by voice and sight. There may even be a surprise bat ray or leopard shark.
Drakes Estero is the only officially designated marine wilderness on the west coast of the country. Join us for a full day of natural history exploration in a less visited part of Point Reyes National Seashore. Hike meets at the Estero trail parking lot.