West Marin County Activities and Attractions


You are right in the middle of Mt. Tamalpais and the Golden Gate National Seashore, and a 15 minute drive to Muir Woods. There are some amazing hikes up on Mt. Tam, but be aware, they are steep. You can catch the West Marin Stagecoach out in front of the Stinson Beach Market and ride it up to Pan Toll Station or Bootjack. From there, you can hike around the top of the mountain on numerous trails and then make your way back DOWN to Stinson Beach by way of the Dipsea, the Matt Davis, or the Coastal Trail. Get a map from the local bookstore as it's easy to end up in an unexpected spot that is far from Stinson.

SURF LESSONS AND RENTALS , including wetsuits

2 Mile Surf Shop, Bolinas (Nick is an amazing instructor)  https://www.2milesurf.com/

Livewater Surf Shop, Stinson Beach  https://www.livewatersurfshop.com/

Proof Lab, Mill Valley  http://www.prooflab.com/


Stinson Beach Surf and Kayak, Stinson Beach  http://www.stinsonbeachsurfandkayak.com

Blue Waters Kayak, Pt. Reyes and Tomales Bay  https://www.bluewaterskayaking.com/


The whole area is major flyway so bird watching draws many visitors to the area.

Audobon Canyon Ranch.  Has observational platforms for viewing egret nests.  https://www.egret.org/

Point Reyes Bird Observatory  http://www.pointblue.org/


The Alamere Trail is a local favorite. It's not as steep at the Mt Tam trails, and you don't have to go all the way out to the falls to have a great hike. Along the way there are many coastal viewpoints, and you walk right past Bass lake.


 There are literally hundreds of trails in West Marin with amazing views of the mountain, ocean, and rugged coastline, and expansive beach walks to explore. Favorites near Inverness and Pt. Reyes are the Estero Trail, the Pierce Point Tule Elk preserve, Chimney Rock, and Drakes Beach—where Drake careened his ship centuries ago—and the sand dunes at Abbott's Lagoon. See the Point Reyes National Seashore site for details. Bayside beaches and beach walks are part of the Tomales Bay State Park.


Night kayaking on Tomales Bay. Bioluminescence is present for a couple of months a year (May through November ) when all the variables align: water temperature, air temperature, winds, currents, and tides. When the conditions are right, we are able to see dinoflaggelates, small organisms that “light up” the water a brilliant green when they are displaced. Seen best on moonless nights.   http://pointreyesoutdoors.com/


This farm stand is located just up the road in Bolinas. It's open day and night, 7 days a week, and produce is sold on the honor system. Bountiful, ripe seasonal fruit and vegetables (and flowers) are available at reasonable prices, freshly harvested from the farm. Just weigh and add up the price of your purchase, and leave the money in the cash box. There is also a small art gallery at the farm stand with drawings and paintings by local artists.


Another organic farm in Bolinas, has a stand that operates on Friday afternoons on the Olema road. The selection is smaller than Gospel Flats, but often has more unique offerings.