To take in more of the seashore’s majesty, consider dramatic Alamere Falls, a rushing ribbon of water that cascades over a 30-foot cliff and down onto the sands of Wildcat Beach. Located in the Phillip Burton Wilderness Area—a rich landscape filled with forested ridges, coastal grasslands, sandy dunes, and rugged shoreline—the hike to the falls is a strenuous 13-mile round-trip trek, so pack plenty of snacks and water. Park rangers request that you stay on the designated main trail (eroding cliffs and poisonous oak abound), and be respectful of wildlife by leaving no trace (drones are prohibited).
The national park is also home to a diverse ecosystem including the protected tule elk, often spotted lazily grazing among the bovine, and northern elephant seals, which belly up to area beaches throughout the year. Visitors can view a colony of the massive pinnipeds from a distance at Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock. From December to March, however, the greatest number of elephant seals can be found across the headlands during their birthing and mating seasons.
For more information on what to do and see in Point Reyes National Seashore, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Bear Valley Visitors Center where they can learn more about the history, culture, ecosystem, and landscape of the park.