Point Reyes National Seashore,
National Park Service, Marin County
This hike to Kehoe Beach is easy enough for almost everyone, but long enough to discourage visitors who prefer to tour Point Reyes exclusively by car.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.2 mile out and back hike is easy, with minimal elevation change.
Under 1 hour.
Wonderful in summer.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit San Anselmo (Sir Francis Drake Boulevard). Drive about 20 miles west on Sir Francis Drake. Turn right onto CA 1, then make the first left onto Bear Valley Road. Drive about 2 miles to the junction with Sir Francis Drake, and turn left. Drive about 5 miles and bear right onto Pierce Point Road. Continue 5.5 miles to side of road parking.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, stores, and restaurants at Point Reyes Station. There are a few stores and restaurants in Inverness, and overnight accommodations are available on the eastern fringes of the park, including a handful of motels in Inverness, and numerous bed and breakfasts just off Sir Francis Drake. Point Reyes has several hike-in campgrounds -- inquire at the Point Reyes Ranger Station in Bear Valley, or read more about the options here. No car camping in the park.
No entrance or parking fees. Side of road parking, with no designated handicapped parking. Pit toilets on site. There's a map under glass at the information signboard, but none to take with you. There is no direct public transportation to this trailhead.
Hikers only. Dogs are permitted on the trail to the beach, and must be on a leash at all times; the leash must be no longer than 6 feet. Due to threatened snowy plover habitat, dogs are not allowed on the beach south of the trail at Kehoe Beach.
The Official Story:
Point Reyes website.
Park headquarters 415-663-1092.
Download the park map pdf from NPS
Other Point Reyes maps from NPS
Point Reyes by Jessica Lage (order this book from Amazon.com) has a good map and descriptions of this trail.
Trail Map of Point Reyes National Seashore, by Tom Harrison (order from Amazon.com) is the best all-purpose map to Point Reyes.
Don and Kay Martin's Point Reyes National Seashore: A Hiking and Nature Guide (order this book from Amazon.com) has a map and description of this hike. Much of the information is duplicated in their Hiking Marin book (order this book from Amazon.com), but the Point Reyes book has some nice extras.
Kehoe Beach in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Kehoe Beach,an easy 0.6
mile walk from roadside parking
at Pierce Point Road, is a perfect excursion for families with small kids
or anyone looking to explore one of Point Reyes's
sandy beaches without a long hike. This hike is enjoyable year round,
but wildflower lovers hunting for blooms in April should definitely add
Kehoe Beach to their short list, for a great display of flowers on a bluff
above the beach.