Amazing opportunities for pleasant strolls and challenging hikes are everywhere if you know where to look….and luckily we do!
Blue Waters has set up tours from 3-10 miles, and will take you to locations that range from ridgeline hikes with sweeping views to beautiful low tide beach hikes under the bluffs. We have public tours scheduled every month, and private tours can be set up any day with advance notice. All of our tours are led by local naturalists with medical training and a wide range of knowledge about our flora, fauna, local history, and much more.
We are very lucky to have the wonderful naturalist Fiona O’Kelly signed on to lead all of our scheduled hikes from January to March 2018. Bay Area native Fiona O’Kelly has always known that she wanted to spend her days in the wilds of the world, and has spent the last two decades sharing her love of Northern California’s varied habitats with people of all ages as a career outdoor educator and naturalist. She has lived in Point Reyes since 2003, during which she worked as a naturalist for Point Reyes Summer Camp exploring the woods, creeks, marshes and bluffs of Point Reyes National Seashore. Fiona is a Certified California Naturalist with a B.A in Environmental Studies and a Biology minor from Sonoma State, and works seasonally as an Interpretive Park Guide for Point Reyes National Seashore.
Saturday, January 13th 2018
A fantastic loop hike starting at one the most beautiful beaches in the National Seashore. We will explore the sandy beaches of Limantour Beach and then travel through a network of trails that should allow us a viewing of some of the diverse flora and fauna of our area.
Meet at the Limantour Beach Parking Lot (the largest and farthest north parking lot) where there are bathrooms but no water. This fairly easy loop walk is 6 miles with very little uphill, but we will be walking on sand for a small portion which can be harder. Five hours including a snack break. Bring a snack and water.
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Tomales Point is the perfect place to explore with expansive views and a wide array of wildlife! Your hike will start at the Historic Pierce Point Ranch, and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay, and Tomales Bay. The trail bisects this dramatic coastal point, and allows many opportunities to view the herd of Tule Elk that call this ridge their home. (Tule Elk are one of 2 subspecies of elk native to California, and were relocated to the point after almost going extinct)
Meet at the Tomales Point Trailhead (at the Pierce Point Ranch) where there are bathrooms nearby but no water. This is an out and back hike which will cover roughly 5 miles, and can be one of the best wildlife viewing hikes in our area. Four hours. Bring a snack and water.
This is a half day tour so we will not reach the end of Tomales Point.
Saturday, February 10th 2018
A superb loop hike in the central part of the National Seashore that will take you from the beautiful lower slopes of the Inverness Ridge to the multi-hued bluffs of Sculptured Beach and back. We will marvel at “hanging gardens” that are fed by seep springs, look for free ranging Tule Elk, and explore the many wonders of the intertidal zone.
Meet at the Laguna Trailhead (just past the hostel) where there are bathrooms but no water. This is a fairly easy loop walk of 5 miles with the only uphill of note at the start and less than a mile long. Five hours including a snack break. Bring a snack and water.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
This out and back hike is relatively easy and provides a fantastic experience for all types of hikers. This trail will take you through an old Christmas tree farm that provides bird watching opportunities, an then on to Home Bay. Once there you will have a chance of seeing bat rays, leopard sharks, a wide range of water birds, and much more! From there we will keep our eyes open for harbor seals on the water, as well as Tule Elk in the hills as we take in the views of the Estero.
Meet at the Estero Trailhead where there are bathrooms but no water. Four hours including a snack/ lunch break. Bring a lunch and water.
|Itinerary:||We will meet at the predetermined trail head to organize gear as well as go over the general plan, and safety procedures for the day. Then we will hit the trail and explore an amazing section of trail with your friendly and knowledgeable guide.|
|Equipment:||Our guides will bring a first aid kit, extra water, and a waterproof backpack.|
|What to Bring:||Come prepared for variable weather. Bring clothes that reflect your degree of sensitivity to heat or cold.
* Sun screen & lip balm
* Hat with sun visor
* Wool or fleece hat (for cold days)
* 1 liter (minimum) water bottle
* Sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support
* Waterproof jacket
* Wool, capilene, poly pro, or some other synthetic long sleeve, long underwear shirt that will keep you warm when it is wet. (Cotton or cotton blend clothing retains water and will keep you cold if it becomes wet.)
*Backpack (day pack or small backpack work best)
* Change of clothes for after the tour
* High energy snack or a light lunch
|Release Form:||You will receive a link to your release of liability and assumption of risk form with your confirmation email after you have booked. Please send the link to all members of your party and have them read and sign the form before your trip.|
Please understand that when a reservation is made with Blue Waters, it is a commitment on our part to hold a spot for you. This often involves considerable work on our part to make sure that the right equipment is ready for you at the right place and time. We can (and often do) turn away others from that particular date (or trip). If you decide to cancel, it can be difficult for us to book someone else on that trip, and in some cases may cause a trip to be cancelled due to the effect on minimum group size requirements. With this in mind we have implemented the following cancellation policy:* Up to 7 days prior to the event: A $5 per person processing fee will be charged for any cancellation on any reservation. Full refunds of any fees paid will be given during this time period, minus the $5 processing fee. There is no charge for rescheduling during this time period.* 7 days prior to the event: Your reservation is considered final, and all fees are due and payable. Unpaid credit card deposits will be charged. After this time no money will be refunded
* Within 7 days and up to 72 hours prior to your event: you may reschedule for an additional 50% payment of the class or trip cost. Upon rescheduling, you will receive a new reservation confirmation.
* Within 72 hours and including the day of the event: all cancellations and no shows will be charged in full with no refunds or reschedules unless due to inclement weather. (see below)
We attempt in all cases to determine prior to your tour launch if weather will impede your trip. However, there are rare occasions where we have hit the trail and weather patterns change suddenly at which time we must return.
In this case the following policies apply and each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.
~~Where tour is cancelled after we already hit the trail and must return patrons can:
Reschedule with a future trip
~~Where tour is cancelled before we have hit the trail patrons can:
Reschedule the same trip on a future date (at no cost)
In the event you choose to cancel you will receive a full refund minus the $5 per person non-refundable deposit that was included in your reservation.