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Point Reyes

A Classic Bike Loop: Point Reyes Station and the Marin Coast

The counter-clockwise 56-mile loop up to Point Reyes Station takes in a wide variety of the roads and scenery that makes Marin such a special place to spin. There are a few challenging climbs in the 3,800 feet of elevation gain and you’ll have a number of excellent opportunities for pace-lining should you make this a group ride. Expect bucolic scenery and spectacular vistas.

Escape From SF: Elephant Sea Cave

Heading to the Unknown Coast in Point Reyes National Seashore, we made our way over to Elephant Sea Cave—a short but slow and difficult scramble south of rocky McClures Beach—named after nearby Elephant Rock, shaped like, well, an elephant. 

Escape from SF: Tule Elk Reserve in Point Reyes

For this week's "Escape from SF," we ventured out to the Tule Elk Reserve in the Point Reyes National Seashore to observe the fall mating season and the explosion of majestic elk. 

Escape From SF: Alamere Falls

We escaped to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes on Wildcat Beach for a day of hiking, tide pooling, waterfall gazing, and, most of all, an escape from San Francisco.

Point Reyes' Hike-In Campgrounds

Rugged headlands, brushy hillsides, piney ridges, and pocket beaches—Point Reyes is a soul-soothing stretch of California coast that's less than half a gas tank from San Francisco. And when the day-tripping tourists leave, you've got it virtually to yourself. Accessible only by a 2- to 5-mile walk, Point Reyes' hike-in campgrounds are the best way to experience the Bay's favorite coastal wilderness wonderland. Grab one by reserving ahead or sacrificing some sleep (see below). Coast Campground is only a 1- to 2-minute walk from sublime Santa Maria beach, which is nearly vacant toward the end of the day.

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