Drakes Head
9.0 miles     900 ft
4 Aug 2013
Summary

A pleasant walk along Home Bay in Point Reyes. Plus a trip to awesome views of Limantour Spit from Drakes Head.

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Many many maps by National Park Service: Good quality maps showing various trails in different parts of Point Reyes.

» Tom Harrison Trail Map: High quality contoured map showing various trails and mileages for different sections.

Route

To Drakes Head (4.5 miles): From Estero Trailhead, follow Estero Trail (2.5 miles) to reach an intersection with Sunset Beach Trail. Turn left no Estero Trail (0.7 miles) → right on Drakes Head Trail (1.3 miles) to reach Drakes Head. In August 2013, the signs along the last two miles were sketchy. The trail was visible but faint at many places. However, we never felt lost. The views of Limantour Spit from Drakes Head are just superb! One of the best views in bay area, California.

To Estero Trailhead (4.5 miles): Retrace your steps from Drakes Head back to Estero Trailhead.

Notes: All in all, a pleasant hike in overcast conditions. Almost all the trails are in the open, so avoid summers. Views from Drakes Head are superb! In August 2013, we ran into many clusters of cows along the trail. Along the hike, views of Home Bay, Drakes Estero and Estero de Limantour are great!

Trailhead

Location: Estero Trailhead along Home Ranch Road, Inverness, CA 94937 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: August 2013)

Capacity: About 20 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 38.081562     Longitude: -122.914026

Estero Trail to Sunset Beach

Full photo album — 4 August 2013

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Drakes Head and Sunset Beach.
Drakes Head

Full photo album — 4 August 2013

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Drakes Head and Sunset Beach.
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