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How To Explore Point Reyes National Seashore With Your Dog

written by ParoChak February 29, 2016

Point Reyes National Seashore, part of the conservation effort by the U.S. National Parks Service, is about an hour and a half drive north from San Francisco and is a nature lover/hiker/photographer/wilderness lover’s paradise all rolled in one. Home to more than 1500 species of flora and fauna, cattle ranches, pristine sand beaches, idyllic countryside contrasting with roaring ocean waves crashing against the rocks and sanctuary to mating marine mammals, this seashore extending all the way from Drake’s beach in the south to Tomales Bay in the north is a must visit if you are in the Bay Area. Being a protected coast-land, there are several rules and restrictions one needs to abide by for individual safety and that of the environment and dogs are prohibited from entering most places, except Kehoe beach trail. There are several closures and detours year round to regulate traffic, so your best bet to have an enjoyable experience while respecting Mother Nature is by visiting the website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being sanctuary to many indigenous plants and animals who call Pt. Reyes their home, it is but natural that this area is heavily restricted to visitors with pets since dogs are viewed as natural predators by many species. Plus it is never a good idea to venture into a cattle ranch, with protective mother cows, with a dog. As a result, almost all the trails and beaches are off limits to dogs barring a few. For more information and how to access them, read the excellent info page on pets at Pt. Reyes, here. I have always wanted to visit this part of the Bay Area due to its pristine beauty and despite most parts being off-limits owing to bringing a pet (no complaining here, I completely understand and support the conservation laws sanctioned by our beautiful state), we drove up to Tomales Bay to enjoy nature’s beauty with Babu and made it a point to visit Kehoe beach.

 

 

 

 

We spent the last weekend at Pt. Reyes with Babu and stayed overnight at the Inverness Inns (a series of beautiful cottages on a sprawling property adjacent to the beautiful Tomales Bay) which are very dog friendly and charge a small fee ($ 20) for staying with a pet. Although the cottage grounds are dog-friendly (dogs have to be on leash), we headed off to Kehoe beach, one of the three beaches where on-leash dogs are allowed by land. There is a beautiful, narrow trail leading to the beach from the main road with cows grazing on a cattle ranch in the distance. Read my ultimate guide to Pt. Reyes for more ideas on how to explore this beautiful part of California.

We walked down the trail all the way to the breathtakingly beautiful beach which was pretty empty at that time of the day (late afternoon). The waves were strong and noisy as they repeatedly hurled themselves on the big, black rocks scattered on the sandy shores. The shoreline, far away, seemed to be enveloped by a mist due to the incessant crashing of the waves. Babu was on leash at the beach most of the times, till we found a rock to rest on and take in the salty air. We left just before sundown, as the hunger pangs crept in and said adieu to Kehoe Beach, with a promise of returning soon. One more gem of a place to take your best friend to at Point Reyes, do not give Kehoe beach and trail a miss!

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12 comments

Debbie July 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Oooooh… trails and nature and beaches and views and wildlife all rolled into one!!! I’m jealous. What a gorgeous place. Love the pictures too!

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Sherri July 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

I’m always jealous how dog friendly California is – in Ontario, Canada there are so many rules. Then again, Canada loves rules. Beautiful beach, though I would need places to run the dog leash free. He’s terrible on a leash, but pretty good off. I hiked with him recently on a very crowded trail and he stuck right by me. Someone said, ‘wow, that’s a good dog.” I said, “he’s doing a good imitation of one.”

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ParoChak July 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Hi Sherri, yes although we are lucky in some ways,California still does not allow dogs on many beaches. So yes that kind of sucks. There is no better sight than seeing pups play leash free 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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The Island Cats July 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

What a beautiful area! And how nice that it is dog friendly. Of course, my cats think the beach is the biggest litter box in the world. 😉 ~Island Cat Mom

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The Dash Kitten Crew July 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

What a lot of pictures! Wow, This looks an amazing place for a walk (with our without a dog!!)

You should put all the pictures in a slideshow and I can sit here in wintery New Zealand with a hot coffee and just enjoy!!

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Jana Rade July 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

It’s funny … Jasmine LOVED water. Puddles, streams, lakes, ponds … but when we took her to a big lake, she hated it. She just couldn’t get over the waves! LOL Of course, were we to go there more often she’d get used to it but there was no good reason to do that.

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Lola The Rescued Cat July 13, 2017 at 12:35 am

What a beautiful beach! Your photos are just stunning. I’m glad you all had a great time.

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Ruth Epstein July 13, 2017 at 1:29 am

It is one beach I have not yet done with Layla because I cannot drive, but I have heard so much about it and it is on my to do list with a friend of mine and his dog soon. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures and post

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Sarcastic Dog July 13, 2017 at 3:53 am

What a gorgeous place to be able to visit! It’s great that they allow dogs on some of the trails. It’s hard to strike a balance between access and conservation and it looks like Point Reyes National Seashore has found such a balance. Beautiful!

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Tenacious Little Terrier July 13, 2017 at 4:05 am

That is a gorgeous place to walk. I understand why dogs have to be on leash. Cattle with calves would not be a good combination with curious dogs!

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Beth July 13, 2017 at 4:53 am

What a beautiful place to visit. I’m glad that dogs are allowed. Hopefully, people respect the leash law and clean up after their pets, so that it remains pet friendly!

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Sweet Purrfections July 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

What a beautiful location! It’s nice you found some areas you could take your dog with you. I know it’s frustrating when you can’t take your dog everywhere with you, but I guess people have their reasons for restrictions.

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