Hike Date: March 25, 2012
Distance: ~ 1.5 miles
Trail(s): Indian Beach Nature Trail, Johnstone Trail
Where’s it at? Pt. Reyes National Seashore


A friend and I were in the Point Reyes area awaiting others to stay at the beloved Blackthorne B&B near Inverness, and we had some time to kill. After eating a delicious breakfast at the Pine Cone Cafe and taking a lovely stroll around Point Reyes Station, we had more time to kill. Seeking beach and not wanting to drive all the way into the deeper destinations of Point Reyes National Seashore, we stumbled onto Tomales Bay State Park and decided to pay it a visit for the $8 day use fee.

We hiked what I believe was a short portion of the Indian Beach Nature Trail and continued on along the Johnstone Trail where we visited two separate beaches. Nobody else was around which was nice, a solitude hike does the body and mind wonders. I get the impression that this small state park is more of a water paradise than it is for landlubbers, and expect to next return by kayak looking for a picnic spot.

The trail here is single track and very scenic with moss covered trees offering a canopy almost throughout. A short way along the trail we came to a lawn picnic area which had a restroom. The beaches were very clean and offered a nice view across Tomales Bay and toward Nicasio. Lots of shore birds were having lunch along the beaches.

If you’re looking for a great hike out in this area, it’s hard for me not to recommend heading onward to any of the many great trails in Point Reyes National Seashore, but I can’t complain about this hike which helped us kill some time while in the area.

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