Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Pierce Ranch and McClures Beach
Point Reyes National Seashore California


When Point Reyes National Seashore was established it was decided to keep most of the dairies in operation as historically significant features of the landscape. The Pierce Ranch, one of the oldest and largest, was an exception, its grazing lands became the elk refuge and the buildings are maintained as historical exhibits.

When I was growing up in the East Bay our favorite beach was all the way up here at the end of the Point Reyes peninsula - McClures Beach. I think it is still worth the drive. In addition to the dramatic setting and big waves, don't miss the huge green sea anenomes in the surge channel that cuts into the rocks at the far end.



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The historic Pierce Ranch at the Tomales Point trailhead is now an historical exhibit. Though much of the peninsula continues to be utilized for milk production, this area is now designated as a tule elk refuge.

(April 5, 2009)


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The old dairy barn at Pierce Ranch near McClures Beach.

(April 5, 2009)


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On the bluffs above McLures Beach. A short steep trail leads down to the sand.

(April 5, 2009)


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