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Wondering if anyone is familiar with this place. Thinking of going in either early October or late December. We have a time share in Napa, which is about 1.5 hrs away (easy day trip).

The obvious things there are the lighthouse and the sea lions. From the map it appears most of the park is hiking trails. Any must-sees/must-dos? It seems clear one cannot do it all in a day (or two, or three). Moderate hikes are OK, but we will have 1poorMIL with us so we don't want to get too extreme.

TIA,
1poorguy
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When we lived in the Bay Area we must have spent at least ten long weekends there and other shorter periods. It was our favorite getaway.

The hikes we did had strenuous parts, so probably not appropriate for MIL. If you ever have some time on your own, the walk down (and then up) the hundreds of steps to the lighthouse is good. As is the hike out to the tip of the peninsula. Other hikes combine woods and ocean/beach vistas, but I don't remember the names since it's been 13 years since the last time we were there.

On one especially interesting stay, we found ourselves in a B&B in Point Reyes Station owned by Ann Dick, widow of author Philip K. Dick (Bladerunner, Total Recall, others). We slept in the very house where he had written some of my favorite books.

--fleg
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Don't know if this will help jog your memory...

http://www.nps.gov/common/commonspot/customcf/apps/maps/show...

:-)
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It' will be a nice day trip, there's a fairly new Visitor's Center, the Rangers will let you know what's up... If you were up for a BBQ, grab a sack at the local Oyster Company, head for Heart's Desire beach, and have at 'em.. Else there's a few restaurants in Pt Reyes Station, or further up, Nick's Cove... But in the park, bring what you need, no food facilities.. Many trails, but to tell the truth, we've not done them ourselves other than short hikes around the Visitor Center ot out to the lighthouse...

Marin Headlands, or the Marine Mammal Center a bit South may be of interest, depending on the weather...

Up the coast, Bodega Bay, Sonoma Coast Beaches, Fort Ross (weekends)a nicely restored Russian Fort from their days in the area.. In fact in September, a bunch of Russian Craftsmen are installing a wooden windmill their Village built and gave to Fort Ross, so there are various events in September, October..

Best Dungeness Crab, Bodega Bays Crab Shack (closed Wednesdays) on the road to Bodega Head...

On future trips you might consider staying at either Bodega Bay or further up at Gualala or home rentals at the Sea Ranch... Easy day trips to Mendocino, as well as lots of nice bluff trails, beaches... Use any agency in Gualala...

Enjoy Napa! But don't miss our Sonoma County Wines either..

weco
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Don't know if this will help jog your memory...

http://www.nps.gov/common/commonspot/customcf/apps/maps/show......


It does help some.

The drive out to the lighthouse, even if you don't make the climb down to it, is well worth it. Beautiful mix of scenery along the way.

The walk out to Tomales Point is very nice, but not suitable for MIL. Drakes and Limantour Beaches are lovely, as are the two Point Reyes Beaches, but IIRC there may be short but somewhat steep trails to get down to the sand. Ask at the visitor center.

We've hiked many of the trails shown as dashed lines inside the green part of the map but I couldn't tell you which ones now. Again, ask which might accommodate MIL, as some definitely won't. There was a big fire in 1995, so you can check out the new growth in the areas affected.

Phoenix is going to seem even browner and drier when you get home from Point Reyes.

--fleg
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It's been a long time for me too, but I remember Point Reyes as very beautiful, a particularly fine stretch of California coastline. Great walks on rocky headlands, beaches, and in a forest. Good displays about the 1906 earthquake--the San Andreas fault runs right along the park and there's a place where you can see how far the land slipped--20 feet IIRC. There was a herd of tule elk. Driving out to the point and looking back at the sweep of beach is stunning. Lots of photo ops. It can be windy out on the point.
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