Trails & Oceans Stewardship Day
America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. Point Reyes National Seashore manages more than 100+ miles of trails offering the same benefits and chance to discover, explore and connect with over 80 miles of coastline, the Phillip Burton Wilderness and more!
In effort to help care for our trails, we invite you to join us for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 for trail and ocean stewardship volunteer project on the Estero Trail. Together with the National Park Service's Trail Crew we will be building swing/barb wire ranch fencing to prevent trail erosion and ocean sedimentation. Volunteers will be paired in groups to complete sections of trail under the supervision of the trail crew. The project site requires a one-mile hike in and volunteers must be able to hike up to 3-miles roundtrip on the trail and/or on uneven terrain, and be physically able to lift, bend and dig if necessary. Trail snacks provided from our friends at KIND: Healthy Snacks. Ages 15 and older encouraged with adult present. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers Needed: 25
What to Bring
Please wear layers, including long pants, closed toed shoes and a sunhat and bring a lunch, reusable water bottle, sunscreen, your favorite leather gloves and your enthusiasm! All instruction and safety gear will be provided.
The Estero Trailhead is located off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard as you head out past Inverness, but before the Drakes Estero (site of the former oyster farm). Roughly 3-miles past Inverness you will head up Point Reyes Hill. Once you pass the Mount Vision Road turn off, your next left will the Estero Trail turn off. You will drive a mile up a single lane dirt road to reach the trailhead, please drive slow. If you miss the Estero Trail turn off, and reach the Drakes Estero turn off you need to make a u-turn. Please factor in a 25-minutes drive time from Park Headquarters at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to reach the Estero Trail.
Your Donations at Work
The Estero trail restoration begin in 2014 with funds from Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Trail Trust and donations made through the 2012-13 Point Reyes Trail Challenge. The project will continue through 2016. Stay tuned for updates and additional work days. Thank you for your support!
What is National Trails Day?
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. National Trails Day® evolved during the late ‘80s and ‘90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America’s National Trails System, transforming it from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the NTD moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System
Learn more about camping, hiking and trails in the park, find resources for your next hiking trip or download a park trail map.You can also pick up additional topo maps and guidebooks in our bookstores located in park visitor centers, where your purchases help fund park projects and education programs in the park. Or take a Field Institute class with some of our award-winning naturalists and get out on the trail! Members recieve discounts, donate today!
For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer, event partner or event sponsor, please contact Jessica Taylor at (415) 663.1200 x304.