13-Feb-2005 -- 38 N – 123 W
Point Reyes National Sea Shore, California, USA
Visit Date: February 13, 2005
This is a very special confluence point – it is located right at the heart of Point Reyes National Sea Shore.
In fact, Point Reyes was our favorite weekend outdoor playground when we used to live in San Francisco. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a CP was located there when I started to research for a CP to visit during my trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The previous visitors gave enough details where the exact location of this CP is, such that I did not need a map, and only turned on the GPS when I was about 3.5 km from the CP.
I did not use the road for "authorized vehicle only" as previous hunters did. Instead I parked the car on the main road about 420 meters across the valley from CP. The short hike required going down the valley, and went under a barbed wire fence next to the creek at the bottom before climbing up to the CP. I encountered many cows during the short hike, and some behaved very nervous. I was grateful that they were all dairy cows and no bull present. I had a red sweat shirt on, and wonder if that made them uneasy.
This particular CP is on the property of the historic Ranch "A" of Point Reyes, which was established in 1859 and is still fully operational (photos 2 & 7). The entire Point Reyes area was the first agriculture establishment of California. The land was subdivided by the original owner and designated from A to Z.
Currently, the land belongs to the National Park Service, and all farms [are] still leased to private parties for dairy farming. Because it is all public land, we all can pass through the land, hence no need to worry about trespassing for line hunting.
This CP is located about 500 meters from the nearest beach, and a little over 1 km from two of the most visited spots of Point Reyes – the light house, and the Chimney Rock where elephant seals hang out.
Given the richness of Point Reyes National Sea Shore, and the wonderful drive getting there, I recommend fellow line hunters to pay a visit to this point if you are visiting the Bay area. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the point by taking the scenic costal highway 1. Turn off at Inverness and follow the sign to the Light House [which will] bring you within 300 meters to the Point Reyes CP.
I saw two whales at the light house. Before I left the park, I stopped by the Johnson Oyster farm by the Drakes Bay bought two dozen oysters – another special treat other than the great landscape.
On the way out, a herd of large elk ran across the road that was quite a sight. At the entrance of the Point Reyes Reserve, there is a sign posted "Hunting Prohibited" (photo 9). I am sure that "Line Hunting" is exempted.
Rating of this Hunt:
Degree of Challenge: 2 – 400 meters from a highway and crossing a field with nervous cows and cow pies. (Scale: 1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over.)
Scenery: 4– Rolling hills with views of ocean in two directions. (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away.)
Culture-social factors: 4– Within national park land and part of earliest farm settlements in California (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating.)