Bass Lake and Wildcat Beach

  • Wildcat Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.


Dogs No

Bird Watching


11 (miles)


Out & Back

~1500 (+)  (Elev. Δ - ft)


Bass Lake and Wildcat Beach is a difficult hike in Point Reyes National Seashore near the San Francisco Bay area. Hikers can expect spectacular ocean views along this wonderful trail. During the summer, look for salmonberries and thimbleberries. If feel like it, take a dip in Bass Lake, which is a popular swimming spot. Heads up, poison oak is very common along this trail, so keep an eye peeled. Remember, leaves of three, let it be. This hike starts at the end of Mesa Road, a 35-minute drive south of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is only backcountry camping available in Point Reyes, but there are plenty of other car friendly campground in the surrounding area.

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Contact: Point Reyes National Seashore 1 Bear Valley Road Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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