Andrew and I have been wanting to get up to Point Reyes for a long time now and were finally able to make a trip happen this past weekend. It seems far, but really it’s only a little over 3 hours north of us. Saturday morning we rose early (5:30am early) to hit the road and have plenty of time to explore the park. We were on our way to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse when we had to pull over to get up close to the shipwreck along the Tomales Bay.
We continued on to the Point Reyes National Seashore and after 308 steps down we reached the lighthouse where we were met with breathtaking views of the coast.
If you are planning a trip to the Point Reyes Lighthouse it is best to go early as the parking lot fills up with visitors and the stairs become overly crowded. The stairs open at 10am and close at 4:30 so the best time to go is right when it opens, to avoid the crowds. We were there when it opened which was a good time to miss a lot of the tourists, but when we left we were met with heavy traffic moving into the area. We then moved on to the other side of the point at Chimney Rock.
After exploring the Point Reyes National Seashore we decided to head back mid-afternoon to Point Reyes Station for some lunch. There were a number of restaurants with good reviews, but we settled on Cafe Reyes. We ordered what was quite possibly the best salad I have ever had (could’ve been that I was just reallllyy hungry) with tossed greens, vegetables, and Point Reyes bleu cheese and a pizza. It was so delicious after a long half day of exploring.
We did another small hike after lunch before heading to Novato where we were staying for the night. It was hard to leave this beautiful place but I have high hopes of going back soon to do some more hiking. There were so many trails that we had a hard time settling on which ones we wanted to do. We didn’t get to hike along Tomales Bay like we had planned but will save that for a future trip.
The whole Monterey and San Francisco area experienced really warm weather this weekend which made dressing for this trip easy with lighter layers. I would definitely plan on layers when traveling to Point Reyes as it can still be chilly right next to the coast and in some parts it is really windy. While we were both pretty warm, both Andrew and I were wishing we had brought a beanie as our ears were starting to hurt from the wind.