San Francisco: Estero Trail

Look for heron and sandpiper in the estuaries of Point Reyes National Seashore on this rolling 7.4-mile hike.
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Look for heron and sandpiper in the estuaries of Point Reyes National Seashore on this rolling 7.4-mile hike.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.1

Waypoints

EST001

Location: 38.0814094543457, -122.914093017578

Trail starts at NW end of parking lot; veer L to avoid mud up trail

EST002

Location: 38.0695610046387, -122.917587280273

Wooden bridge; ideal spot to view seabirds

EST003

Location: 38.0641708374023, -122.919097900391

R @ 3-way

EST004

Location: 38.0626678466797, -122.919883728027

R around fence

EST005

Location: 38.0590705871582, -122.920639038086

Stream crosses trail; best water source

EST006

Location: 38.0586318969727, -122.923042297363

R around fence

EST007

Location: 38.0569267272949, -122.924377441406

Straight @ 3-way onto Sunset Beach Trail

EST008

Location: 38.0507965087891, -122.933433532715

R around fence; keep an eye out for cows

EST009

Location: 38.0507698059082, -122.933700561523

View of estuary; at low tide, look for seals or sea lions on flats

EST010

Location: 38.0439529418945, -122.932464599609

Detour: Bear R @ spur trail over tidal flat to Drakes Estero shoreline and a view of the Pacific; continue straight

EST011

Location: 38.0434837341309, -122.931632995605

Trail ends; turn around