{tomales bay} 4 beaches hike

March 4, 2017

California, Northern California in particular, just has so many state parks everywhere it’s hard to keep track of them. I envy the people who work in the parks department because they probably have some way to keep all the parks organized in their head, plus extra reason to visit them all. Recently, I had a chance to visit Tomales Bay State Park in Marin County (north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge).

Tomales Bay is located is a sliver of water north of Point Reyes National Seashore so there are tons of beaches in the area. When looking for the best hikes in the area, I came across one that visits four beaches so, of course, I thought this would be a pretty awesome hike. I pretty much followed Gurmeet Manku’s 10.7-mile Four Beaches hike. It was neat to be able to see all the different beaches along the route. Since it’s been raining so much here in California, it was super green everywhere with mushrooms sprouting all over the place … super neat to see! Here’s a summary of the route edited from the site:

To Hearts Desire Beach (5.0 miles): From the parking lot at the end of Camino Del Mar, follow Johnstone Trail to reach an intersection with Jepson Trail. Turn right on Johnstone Trail to reach Hearts Desire Beach. Continue walking along the beach to reach Indian Beach.

Indian Beach (1.3 miles): When the tide is low, you may walk an additional 1.3 miles round-trip along the rocky shoreline of Indian Beach, which lies to the west of Hearts Desire Beach. The beach has Miwok settlements.

To Camino del Mar (4.4 miles): From Indian Beach, retrace your steps along the beach to reach Hearts Desire Beach parking lot. Then follow Jepson Trail to reach an intersection with Johnstone Trail. Follow Johnstone Trail to Shell Beach. Continue along Johnstone Trail to reach the parking lot at Camino Del Mar.

A multi-beach photo adventure:

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2 Responses to “{tomales bay} 4 beaches hike”

  1. BeeHappee said

    Such incredible beauty in that part of the world and so nice to see it breathing alive after the rains.

  2. annalice said

    so lush!!

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