Two whales in the ocean.

May in Point Reyes

Whale Migration

Pacific Gray Whales are migrating north in May, from their warm protected nursery grounds in Baja to their hunting grounds in Alaska. They are closest to short on their northern migration, and accompanied by their calf. This is the time of year they are easiest to spot.

Harbor Seals 

Silvery speckled Harbor Seals are pupping in May. You can spot them sunning themselves en masse at Point Reyes Headland, and on pocket beaches along the coast. 

Western Snowy Plovers

The breeding season for Snowy Plovers in Point Reyes goes from March-September. Please be extra careful not to disturb their nesting grounds. You can learn more about Snowy Plovers and the ongoing conservation efforts in Point Reyes here.

Spring Wildflowers

May is the peak of Point Reyes wildflower season. Enjoy the abundant display, but please don’t disturb or pick the flowers — they are protected by law.

Open Studios

Point Reyes is well known for its thriving arts community. Every Memorial Day Weekend, local artists open their studios to the public. You can find the list of artists and current route map here

Mother’s Day

Treat your mom to a day out in Point Reyes! A hike, a walk on the beach, some fresh air and amazing views. Brunch and cocktails or oysters by the bay — it’s easy to find something that suits your mother perfectly. 

May Featured Hike

Bear Valley-Glen-Coast Loop

Map of hiking area in Point Reyes.

May’s featured hike takes you through Douglas fir forest to an ocean lookout where you may be able to spot Pacific Gray whales migrating north from their birthing grounds this time of year. Keep an eye out for cows and calves close to shore. 

Hike Details

9.8 miles
You can also bike part of this route

For complete details on this hike, a detailed map, lots of trail photos — plus plants and animals you’ll spot on this trail, go to:

https://www.pointreyesnature.com/glen-trail

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. 

Find the latest information on current conditions at Point Reyes here.

Things to do and eat in Point Reyes: May

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