Scenic path winds to dune-backed beach.
A mostly flat path, a little more than 2 miles round-trip, winds from the Abbotts Lagoon parking lot to a dune-backed Pacific Ocean beach and back. Amid this lush environment you’ll come across yellow bush lupine and other flora, along with quail, wild rabbits, and grazing dairy cows. In fall, migratory shorebirds increase the already formidable avian population, and from March through September the endangered western snowy plover nests along the coast here.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Why locals love it: Lush flora; native and migratory birds; setting.
Cut to the chase: Less than a half-mile from the parking lot a bench near the lagoon’s southern edge provides a serene perspective.
Reward yourself: The salt sea air at Abbotts may well put you in the mood for a bivalve or two at the Saltwater Oyster Depot, 6 miles away in Inverness. Or head into Point Reyes Station (10.5 miles) for more choices, including Cowgirl Creamery’s Cantina and Side Street Kitchen.
Abbotts Lagoon, part of Point Reyes National Seashore (admission free), is off Pierce Point Road about 3.5 miles northwest of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. From U.S. 101 heading north from Sausalito, take Exit 450B toward San Anselmo and follow Sir Francis Drake for 32 miles to Pierce Point Road.
Pierce Point Rd., Inverness 94937
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This story first appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2020.