Point Reyes National Seashore

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Trail Distance: 1.2 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min
Elevation Gain: 85 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Point Reyes National Seashore is a gorgeous outdoor paradise featuring trails and beaches. Unfurtanately, dogs are not allowed on many trails or areas of Point Reyes. Kehoe Beach is one of the exceptions where leashed dogs are allowed to explore its clean sand and interesting rock formations. To get to Kehoe Beach, you must hike the dog-friendly 1.25 mile Kehoe Beach Trail in from the road, where there is free roadside parking. You may occasionally share this out-and-back trail with other hikers and walkers, bicyclists and trail runners, so be sure to stay to the right when someone approaches.

The trailhead for the Kehoe Beach Trail is off Pierce Point Road, and there you'll find a portable toilet but no water source or waste station, so be sure to bring clean up bags and bottles of water for you and the fur-buddy. There is no shelter from the sun here, so a hat might be a good addition, and definitely some sunscreen. And remember that pooches can get sunburnt too!

After walking from the trailhead, you'll begin to notice grass-covered dunes near the beach, pawrfect for a hide-away or play with Fido. If it's spring, the wildflowers along the trail will astound you. Salmonberry bushes wear shocking pink flowers on their branches along with orange-red berries, lupine and blooming mustard plants abound, and the intense red of California poppies appears on the low grassy hills along the trail. 

At the end of the trail is a lone bench that tempts you to sit and breathe in the ocean. Many birds live in the dunes, and  omnipresent seagulls may dive-bomb if they think you have food to share. Because the trail follows the course of a small stream, a small freshwater lagoon sits near the bluff where the stream exits and is home to  waterfowl, brush rabbits, bobcats and even mountain lions. And cows.

While this is a popular trail for those who know about it, those numbers are small. The end result is a quiet, secluded walk among furbulous views and a gorrrgeous beach to relax on. What could be better?

Trail Features
Muddy, Beach, River, Easy Incline, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Please note that the beach south of the trail is not open to dogs. Cows may cross your path from time to time, so keep Fido tightly leashed and wait for the cattle to move on at their own pace before passing. Very little of the beach will remain during high tide, so be sure to check tide tables before you visit and stay off the beach if the tide has started to come in as it can trap you and your pup against the bluffs.
Address
5550 Pierce Point Rd
Inverness, CA 94937
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
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Address
5550 Pierce Point Rd
Inverness, CA 94937
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours