Bicycle Riding at Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore provides a variety of off-road biking opportunities traversing diverse habitats and terrains. You can explore trails through evergreen forests, coastal scrub, or along estuaries and beach bluffs.

Visitor Centers offer a free map of the park's trails, indicating which trails are designated for bike travel. These maps are also available to download from our Maps page. Point Reyes permits biking only outside of wilderness areas along emergency access/dirt fire roads, paved roads and a few single-track trails.

Carry plenty of water!

Electric bicycles

An electric bicycle (aka e-bike) is a two or three wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.) that provides propulsion assistance. In order to provide for resource protection, minimize conflicts between users groups, and due to the nature of the multi-use routes within the park, e-bike usage is limited to Class I e-bikes where traditional bikes are allowed and as listed below, except as noted (Abbotts Lagoon Trail). Only class I e-bikes are permitted; class II and class III e-bikes are prohibited. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bikes are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.

Yield to all other Users

Horseback riders have right-of-way on the trails with hikers coming second. Bicyclists must yield to both of these trail user groups. Be aware that many horses are easily spooked when approached from behind. Reduce your speed when approaching horses or hikers. When approaching from behind, announce your presence. Stop on the downhill side of the trail while horses pass. The speed limit on all trails, even when headed downhill, is 15 mph. Be courteous. If trails are dry and dusty, slow down even more so as not to leave hikers in a cloud of dust.

Yellow Jackets

In the summer and fall, reports of yellow jacket activity along trails increase. Park staff will post notices at appropriate trail junctions warning hikers of the presence of yellow jacket nests located in close proximity to the trail as nests are discovered and/or reported. Please use an alternate route if you are allergic, want to avoid any risk of yellow jacket stings, or are riding a horse. Please notify park dispatch at 415-464-5170 if you encounter a swarm of yellow jackets along a trail that has yet to be posted. Visit our Your Safety Around Yellow Jackets for more information.

Group Size Limits

The maximum number of bicyclists in any one group is 10. Larger groups of cyclists will have to divide into groups no larger than 10. This size restriction is necessary for the safety of cyclists using public roadways and authorized trails within the Park. These roadways and trails are narrow and winding and will not safely accommodate large numbers of bicyclists.

Trail Hazards

Caution: Loose dirt and gravel cover many of the trails. This slick surface can be difficult to maneuver in and can make for easy slide outs. The loose dirt can also hide potholes. These technical riding surfaces challenge even the most experienced bikers. We recommend always wearing a helmet, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.

Cattle

If you plan to ride your bike on a trail that leads through cattle pasture, please read Understanding Working Rangelands: Sharing Open Space: What to Expect from Grazing Livestock (1,314 KB PDF). By understanding basic cattle behavior, you can give yourself a better chance to predict how cattle are likely to react to your presence and in response to your actions. This will help make your ride through these areas safer and more enjoyable.

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Trails Open to Bicycles

Within Point Reyes National Seashore, bicycles and class I e-bikes are only permitted on the following trails:

  • Sky Trail (from Limantour Road to Sky Camp)
  • Bear Valley Trail (Bear Valley to Glen Junction)
  • Coast Trail (Laguna Road to Coast Camp)
  • Inverness Ridge Trail (Limantour Road to the base of Mt. Vision Road)
  • Marshall Beach Trail
  • Stewart Trail (including Glen Camp Spur Trail from Stewart Trail to Glen Camp)
  • Bull Point Trail
  • Estero Trail from the trailhead to Drakes Head and/or Sunset Beach
  • Olema Valley Trail
  • Abbotts Lagoon to the footbridge (No e-bikes)
  • Lighthouse Service Road from the gate to the Visitor Center
  • Kule Loklo Trail from the visitor center north to Bear Valley Road

Within the north unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, bicycles are permitted on the following trails (listed from north to south):

  • Bolinas Ridge Trail
  • McCurdy Trail
  • Randall Trail
  • Jewell Trail
  • Cross Marin Trail

Trail Guide
Trail Advisories and Closures

Multimedia:

NPSWilderness has produced three videos entitled Wilderness Calling: Point Reyes, Wilderness Motion: Point Reyes, and Wilderness Visions: Point Reyes featuring images and sounds from the Phillip Burton Wilderness within Point Reyes National Seashore, in addition to two videos about NPS wilderness: America's Wilderness and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics which bicyclists and other visitors to Point Reyes may find of interest.

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Last updated: December 16, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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