Point Reyes Seashore
The Point Reyes Seashore is the perfect place to experience a Northern California vacation. The Pt. Reyes National Seashore is a 70,000 acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes peninsula in Marin County California just one hour north of San Francisco and one hour from Sonoma wine country. The Point Reyes Seashore peninsula, the northernmost land mass on the Pacific plate, is making its way toward Alaska at the rate of 2 inches per year, at times faster as in 1906 when it jumped 20 feet in an instant. You can take a self-guided walk along the San Andreas Fault to observe the epicenter of this earthquake and learn about the Pt. Reyes Seashore regional geology. The most popular attraction is the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse at the westernmost tip of the Pt. Reyes Seashore peninsula. The scenery is a marvel with the rocks below often full of sea lions and common murres. The Point Reyes Seashore is renowned for numerous long, sandy beaches two of which are perfect for wading and swimming: Limantour and Drake’s Beach. The others are part of the ruggedly beautiful coast along which people come to watch whales, seals, birds and, also, to tide pool and fish. The northernmost part of the Pt. Reyes Seashore is maintained as a preserve for tule elk which are readily seen if you drive out the Pierce Point Rd. to the Pierce Point Ranch which has been preserved as a historical place and interpretive site.
The tule elk is a subspecies of elk that is unique to California. Only a few survived and in 1978 ten of them were transported to the north point of the Point Reyes peninsula, which was set aside as a 2,600 acre reserve for the tule elk. They are a success story and now number 550 and increasing.