|A perennial favorite among Northern California trail riders, Point Reyes National Seashore offers over 60,000 acres of great and diverse riding. Take the ride over to remote WildCat beach for a lope in the surf. Or head out through an Angus cattle ranch to the Park center for a self guided tour of the Morgan Horse Farm, a federally operated Morgan breeding project for park ranger remounts. 70 miles of trails feature tide pools, rugged coastal bluffs, shady forest glens and lots of wildlife, including whale watching.
Point Reyes has a variety of well maintained trials, ranging from comfortable wide roads to narrow, challenging trails perfect for endurance conditioning. Spectacular scenery and varied terrain provide constant stimulation. Stewarts Horse Camp (415) 663-1362) has trailer parking and overnight horse-camping with water spigots, posts for picket lines, fire pits, picnic tables and Hot Showers. For the more daring, there are a variety of wilderness campgrounds a good ride into the park. Horses are available for renting and guided tours at Five Brooks Stables (415) 663-1510) and Bear Valley Stables (415) 663-1570). Nearby Point Reyes Station is a quaint, artistic town with restaurants, feed stores and a great tack shop. Pick up some fresh oysters or a steak, some local cheese and a good bottle of California wine for a barbecue after your hard day of riding.The Morgan Horse Farm, Point Reyes
Point Reyes is popular with all outdoor enthusiasts and can be crowded, especially on weekends. Several trails are consequently closed to horse traffic except on weekdays. Check at the Visitor's Center for trail closures and wilderness camp availability (415) 663-1092). Reservations for wilderness campsites should be made well in advance. Stewarts Horse Camp itself can be crowded and dusty, occasionally hosting large groups of riders. No dogs are allowed in Stewarts Horse Camp. Be prepared for the rugged chaparral closely lining some trails, and for wind and fog, especially in summer. Though beach riding is one of the Park's chief assets, the closest beach open to horses is a minimum of 2 hours riding into the Park.
Point Reyes is on the coast of Marin County on Highway 1, about 12 miles west of Petaluma. From San Rafael/Hwy 101, take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to Olema, a scenic 20 mile drive. Turn left on Hwy 1 to Stewarts Horse camp or the Five Brooks Trail head. Alternately, take Point Reyes/Petaluma Road out of Petaluma and swing by Point Reyes Station fIrst for groceries and feed before heading south on Hwy 1.
Trail maps are available from the Visitor's Center and Stewart Horse Camp. For a preview, click either of these 2 links:
Point Reyes National Seashore
Five Brooks Stables
Point Reyes Country Inn & Stables
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