Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes: Kehoe Beach Trailhead, San Francisco: Marin Headlands - Mt Tamalpais - Point Reyes, California
Kehoe Beach - 1.2 miles
Point Reyes: Kehoe Beach Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||1.2 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||52' - 0'|
|Elevation Change:||-52' net elevation loss (+98' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Kehoe Beach - 1.2 Miles Round-Trip
Kehoe Beach is located .6 miles from Pierce Point Road in Point Reyes National Seashore. It spans miles of pristine coastline framed by steep bluffs and lengthy sand dunes. The quick hike in passes through a biologically rich valley that sees prolific spring blooms. Inland hills above drain into a coastal thatch grass marsh that supports a wide range of plants and wildlife.
Note that dogs are allowed on a 6' leash north of where the trail meets the beach. Dogs are not permitted south of this point, as this area is protected habitat for the endangered snowy plover:
The trail glides down the north side of a wide marsh-valley, passes through an old wooden gate and continues on a rolling dune-like path to the beach.
Densely vegetated hillsides above hide deer, elk, quail, rabbit and coyote; the marshland beside you deters mammals but attracts many birds. In the spring bush lupine envelops the area with eye-popping pastels.
The trail crests a steep dune (.55 miles) and dips to Kehoe Beach (.6 miles). Sea stacks are located just north of this entry point, and sand dunes stretch to the south. Travel is restricted in this fragile ecosystem, however visitors may enjoy them from a close distance on the beach.
Interactive GPS Topo MapKey GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84
- N38 09.165 W122 56.345 — 0.0 miles : Kehoe Beach Trailhead
- N38 09.328 W122 56.936 — 0.6 miles : Kehoe Beach
- Surfing, swimming and wading are not advised. Strong undertow, currents and Sneaker Waves - large coastal waves that form in a wave train without warning - are common at Kehoe Beach.
- Great White Sharks are known to swim in waters off Kehoe Beach.
Rules and Regulations
- Wood fires are allowed on Kehoe Beach, below the high tide line, 30' or more from vegetation and other flammable material.
- Mussel Quarantine at Kehoe Beach May 1st - October 31st issued by The California State Board of Health. Dates and quarantine parameters may change. Check with Park Officials for current conditions.
- Mussels may contain poison and pose additional unspecified health hazards. Dark parts of mussels are unfit for human consumption. Do not eat or feed to pets.
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Rd.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Visitor Information: 415.464.5100 x2 or 415.663.8522 x2
Headquarters: 415.464.5100 x 1
Volunteer Information: 415.464.5145
Education Programs: 415.464.5139
Special Use Permits: 415.464.5111