March in Point Reyes
Northern Elephant Seals
Adult seals begin to thin out this month and the pups are left behind. You can see them on the Chimney Rock Trail (1.8 mile round trip walk). A big plus: this trail is usual thick with wildflowers in March and April.
Spring bird migrations include pelagic and Brandt’s cormorants, common murres, pigeon guillemots, loons and surf scoters. They are rare, but sometimes you can spot a tufted puffin in the spring.
Breeding season begins mid-March. Park docents are at nesting sites to monitor and protect breeding areas and educate visitors on the life cycle of this threatened species.
Pacific Gray Whales
A great time to see the northern migration of gray whale females and their calves is in mid-March. They are migrating from their calving areas in the warm waters of Baja back to their feeding grounds in Alaska.
The headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula are prime whale watching spots: Chimney Rock and Point Reyes Lighthouse.
March Featured Hike or Bike
Bolinas Ridge Trail
March’s featured hike features expansive views of Tomales Bay, Inverness Ridge, rolling green pasture, grazing cows, stands of redwood and Douglas fir trees.
12.4 miles round trip (can be shortened), bikes ok, dogs allowed on leash.
For complete details on this hike, plus plants and animals you’ll spot on this trail in March, go to:
Before planning your trip and activities in Point Reyes, it’s important to check for road, trail and beach closures.
Closures can be complete or partial, and can happen for a variety of reasons such as weather or protecting vulnerable wildlife at specific times in their breeding cycles.
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