What’s Best: A family beach with many facets big dunes, a marsh trail, and waves that duel with cliffs and rocky islands. Dogs say “woof yes!”


Parking: From Hwy. 1 between Pt. Reyes Station and Olema, turn west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue through Inverness and veer right on Pierce Point Rd. Continue some 5 ml. to trailhead parking on left, about 2 ml. beyond Abbotts Lagoon. Agency: Point Reyes National Seashore

The trail from roadside parking goes along a stream through Kehoe Marsh, reaching the beach dunes at a small lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for birds flitting about, and for rabbits and bobcats, uneasy bedfellows who may venture down to the fresh water from the coastal scrub hillsides. Cresting the beach dune, you can go right on Kehoe Beach toward Elephant Rock, the landmark offshore of McClures Beach. But high surf, rocks, and an intervening point usually will prevent you from going much farther than .75-mile in that direction. Be Aware: Swimming is dangerous here.

Going left, or south, on Kehoe Beach you can walk all day. One worthy destination is the Great Beach at Abbotts Lagoon, TH77, which is about 2.25 miles away. Set your sights on the major hill rising out of the dunes that you can see from the beginning of the hike. Southern Kehoe is a deep beach, with a high-water mark scattered with driftwood, boat parts, and possibly anything else that floats. After passing Abbotts Lagoon, the next trail inland is another 2 miles, at North Beach. Note: Campfires are allowed by permit on Kehoe, adding atmosphere to a family picnic on blustery days. Dogs are welcomed.

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