Snowy plovers on the beach at sunset.

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.

Learn more about elephant seals in Point Reyes.

Bird Migration

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.

Snowy Plovers

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

Terrain map of Bolinas Ridge Hike.
March’s featured hike features expansive views of Tomales Bay, Inverness Ridge, rolling green pasture, grazing cows, stands of redwood and Douglas fir trees.

Hike Details

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:

https://www.pointreyesnature.com/bolinas-ridge-trail-north

Current Conditions

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. 

You can find the latest information on current conditions at Point Reyes here.

Things To Do & Eat In Point Reyes: March

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Stay In Point Reyes

Tomales bay and the Point Reyes Shipwreck.

Cottages on the Bay

Two elegant, dog friendly waterfront vacation cottages on Tomales Bay. Fully equipped one bedroom cottages in Inverness with large decks and amazing views.

Inn entrance with swing and French doors.

Osprey Peak Bed & Breakfast

Inverness bed & breakfast in the Inverness Ridge treetops. Built in the style of a Japanese farmhouse, owners David and Nancy keep the décor and…

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

Olema Cottages

Tons of privacy and space, these gorgeous cottages are close to everything you love about Pt Reyes. A top choice for a comfortable, extended retreat…

Bed with views of trees and sky out of windows.

Point Reyes Station Inn B&B

A romantic dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast Inn walking distance to downtown Point Reyes Station, featuring a lush garden courtyard, private balconies and in-room fireplaces.