Paddle boarders on the beach in Bolinas.

July in Point Reyes

At the start of summer — when San Francisco is fogged in and chilly, and inland areas are scorching hot — Point Reyes and the beaches of West Marin are the perfect getaway.

July in Point Reyes is a magical time. Summer is in full swing, and our mild coastal climate is a haven for hiking, days at the beach, water sports and foodies.

It’s very pleasant here in July. When it’s exceptionally hot inland, the fog is pulled in from the sea in the late afternoon. It’s very dramatic — watching the fingers of fog moving over Inverness Ridge. But unlike San Francisco, the fog doesn’t persist — leaving us with the best summer weather in the Bay Area.

Beaches and trails are busy in the summer months, especially on weekends — making finding a parking spot an issue at some locations. If you’re able to come on weekdays, you’ll find it’s much less crowded.

July Hikes Around Point Reyes

Summer hikes are fabulous around Point Reyes. Just be sure to keep a wary eye out for poison oak on the trails. It looks a lot like blackberry bushes this time of year, and often grows alongside them. 

Roads, trails and beaches are sometimes closed. It’s important to check for any last minute closures before heading out.

Try These Summer Hikes

Sky-Fire Lane-Laguna Trail Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6 mile loop
Highlights: This loop is less crowded in the summer than many of the better known trails. The loop winds through forests and scrubland, taking you through different kinds of terrain and scenery, including a glimpse of the ocean.

Tomales Point Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: Approximately 9.4 miles round trip
Highlights: This trail goes right along the cliffs overlooking the sea on one side, and Tomales Bay on the other. You won’t find more spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay. It’s an excellent trail for wildlife viewing, especially tule elk.

Earthquake Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Highlights: This short, informative trail near the Bear Valley Visitor Center highlights the San Andreas Fault and offers educational displays about the 1906 earthquake. Great for history and geology buffs!

Bear Valley Trail to Coastal Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: Approximately 8.2 miles round trip
Highlights: This trail starts at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and leads through lush forests and meadows to the coast, offering a variety of scenic landscapes.

Land bridge between sea and bay.
Chimney Rock Trail
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Distance: Approximately 1.75 miles round trip
Highlights: You’ll love the stunning coastal views on this trail, where you can spot marine life, including elephant seals.

Abbotts Lagoon Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: Approximately 3 miles round trip
Highlights: This trail is entirely flat, which makes it accessible for all hikers. It’s ideal for birdwatching and offers intimate views of the lagoon, pastures and surrounding dunes. It ends at a pristine, wild beach with powerful waves.

Woodward Valley Trail
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Distance: Approximately 12 miles round trip
Highlights: Are you up for a challenging hike? This trail will take you through diverse ecosystems, including coastal scrub and forested areas, with rewarding ocean views.

What’s Special About Summer in Point Reyes?

Bolinas beach.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July Parade + Tug of War is a much loved annual tradition in Stinson Beach and Bolinas. The event features a lively parade with floats, classic cars, and local organizations. Following the parade, there’s a community picnic, live music, and other activities.

This unique competition takes place as part of the Fourth of July celebrations. Teams of 20 people compete to pull each other across the Bolinas Channel, which separates Bolinas and Stinson Beach. The competition usually takes place around 9am.

Point Reyes Farmers Market in Summer

Farmers’ Market

Experience the vibrant flavors of summer at the Point Reyes Farmers’ Market. This lively local market is a must visit in the summer and takes place every Saturday morning in front of Toby’s Feed barn.

Stock your picnic basket with fresh, organic produce, our award winning local artisanal cheeses, and take home unique handcrafted goods from local vendors. Our Saturday Market is an essential summer stop to enjoy a festive atmosphere with live music and delicious food stalls selling snacks, sweets and meals.

Summer at stinson beach.

Beach Vibes

Everyone’s idea of a day at the beach is different, and West Marin beaches offer a range of experiences in the summer.

July in Stinson Beach is packed and lively, the perfect spot to enjoy a beachy summer holiday vibe. For a more serene beach walk, head to beaches like Limantour, where you can take long relaxing beach walks and spot wildlife.

Or you might try Tomales Bay beaches, like Heart’s Desire or Chicken Ranch — where the tranquil waters attract families, kayakers, swimmer and paddleboarders.

Point Reyes July Event Calendar

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Interior of Farmer's Parlor with bed and wood burning stove.

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