What’s Best: A sky-high look at all the beaches and hiking routes of the north Point Reyes Peninsula, fit together in one panorama; or a roll down Inverness Ridge on a bicycle.

Parking: From Hwy. 1 between Pt. Reyes Station and Olema, turn west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue through Inverness and veer left toward the lighthouse, past Pierce Point Rd. In less than 1 ml, go left on Mt. Vision Rd. Continue up 4 ml. to parking at top.

Agency: Point Reyes National Seashore


Tomales Bay near Inverness Limantour Beach

You can drive to the 1,282-foot summit of aptly named Mt. Vision, a place to see where you’ve been and where you’d like to go next. The road up is steep but well-paved. The best vista point is about 2.5 miles from Drake Boulevard, where an outside bend in the road and hillside trail combine for a great lunch spot. On Point Reyes Hill are views of Mt. Tam, Barnabe Peak, and the north Marin hills are added to the seascapes. Walk past the cable gate on the paved road and make the dogleg up. On the summit is a fenced FAA installation. Walk around it to achieve views in all directions.

To descend 1,336 feet to Limantour Beach, on a one-way route, continue south from Point Reyes Hill on the Inverness Ridge Trail. After about 1.5 miles, go right on the Drakes View Trail. After coming down a side-hill for 2 miles, you’ll join the Bayview Trail. After another .5-mile, you get to the Muddy Hollow Trail where you continue to follow the creek, through the willows, alder and other riparian flora for an additional 2 miles, until your westward progress is thwarted by the Pacific Ocean.

Bike: Several gated roads lead up to Mt. Vision and the Inverness Ridge, providing cyclists with long downhill runs for a car-shuttle, or several knarly down-and-up loop rides. For a one-way ticket, ride the Inverness Ridge Road south from Mt. Vision, over Point Reyes Hill, and drop down Limantour Road at Bayview Trailhead. From there you can ride down to Limantour Beach. Or, before reaching the road, hang a left at Drakes View Drive and come up Drakes Summit Road, a loop described in TH68.

For another loop ride, take the road that heads toward the bay from the Mt. Vision parking area. This horsemen’s route connects with Perth Way that you follow down, via Forrest Way, and come out in Inverness at Park Avenue. You then go left on Drake Boulevard for almost .75-mile. Across from the yacht club, turn left on Vision Road. Follow Vision to the top; it is unpaved for a mile near the end. You’ll come out on Mt. Vision Road almost 2 miles down from the summit, where you turn left and ride to the top. This is a 6-mile loop, with 1,300-foot climb.

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