About Arch Rock Beach in Point Reyes Station, California
Arch Rock Beach is below the Arch Rock Overlook in Point Reyes National Seashore. In March of 2015 the arch collapsed and took the middle part of the overlook down with it. Unfortunately, there were two people above the arch when it fell and one of them died from injuries sustained in the 70 foot fall. The overlook trail was on a narrow fin of rock that stuck out into the surf. The overlook is now closed as the portion that still remains could collapse too. A small rock arch still remains at this site. Coast Creek drains down to the beach between the overlook and a spot called Millers Point. This area on the bluff is accessed via the Bear Valley Trail, a popular route for hiking. Mountain bikes are allowed on all but the last mile of this trail. Unfortunately Arch Rock Beach is not accessible from the overlook area. To reach Arch Rock Beach you must first hike to Kelham Beach and then walk south on the beach for about a half-mile. It’s best to do this hike and visit the arch at low tide otherwise it might not be safe (if accessible at all). The trail to Kelham Beach and the Bear Valley Trail both start at the Bear Valley Visitor Center near Olema, CA.
- 1 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
- Park Name
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- National Park
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed on beach
- Free parking at the trailhead
- Hiking, Mountain Biking, Beachcombing
- Rock Arch, Trails
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