Family Weekender: San Francisco
Sure, you know about Point Reyes and its busy (albeit beautiful) trails, but have you ever been to the beautiful (never busy) Palomarin Trailhead? Located at the southern end of the Coastal Trail, Palomarin delivers hikers into the heart of Point Reyes' little-known lake district, where swimming is safer than in the Pacific's unruly surf.
The path hugs the bluff above the ocean at first, then winds inland through rolling hills to a junction with the Lake Ranch Trail (stay left at the fork). It's 2.6 miles from the trailhead to Bass Lake, with Pelican and Crystal Lakes just a stone's throw away. Pack a picnic and plan on spending some quality swim time at the lakes. The calm water means parents can relax while kids play (unless you think the rope swing looks too good to miss). The beach is another 2.5 miles farther at Wildcat Camp.
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