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.
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).
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.