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Abbott's Lagoon
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore

Abbott's Lagoon is proof that good things do come in small packages. A short, easy hike featuring stunning views and wildlife and a simple yet decadent picnic ... c'est romantique. Take in all that Point Reyes has to offer at Abbott's Lagoon.

Pack a picnic beforehand at Point Reyes Station's famous farmer's market or at Cowgirl Creamery to set up the perfect day.

Good for Groups

The hike is flat and very easy. Unfortunately dogs aren't allowed on the Abbott's Lagoon trail (due to the wide variety of wildlife).

Pro Tip

Get all the info you need to plan your hike at the National Park Service website.

Pack a Picnic

"In Point Reyes Station pick up some smooth and rich cheese at Cowgirl Creamery (sample tasting is encouraged!) and get the bread around the corner at Bovine Bakery."


Abbott's Lagoon is comprised of a north wing and a south wing, and the only trail here runs between the wings, then crosses a bridge and heads through the sand to the ocean. For the first 1 mile only the north wing is visible from the trail; views of the south wing are blocked by hills to the south. This is one hike where you may want to wear slip-on shoes or sport sandals. Hiking boots and sand do not mix well.

Lots of poppies grow along the trail in the spring, but also look for the less conspicuous mission bells, Douglas iris, and baby blue-eyes. At 1.05 miles, a bridge crosses over the confluence of the north and south wings of the lagoon. After this, the path (such as it is) crosses through loose sand the final 0.2 mile to the ocean.

1 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1835
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Important Details
Find the Trailhead: from Hwy 1 in Point Reyes Station, follow Sir Francis Drake Hwy west toward the lighthouse. A couple of miles after the town of Inverness, go right onto Pierce Point Rd. Follow this a few miles until you reach the Abbotts Lagoon trailhead on the left.
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