Point Reyes Shipwreck

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Visited: January 1, 2016 

Description: One of the many shipwrecks that can be visited along the Point Reyes coastline

Length: .10 miles roundtrip

Duration: 15 minutes or more

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Dirt Trail

Parking: Lot, right behind the Inverness Store

Pets: Dog-friendly

Best time to go: Anytime but sunset might be the prettiest

Bring: Camera

Point Reyes Shipwreck was partially damaged by a fire on February 25, 2016. The stern of the boat was completely destroyed after a two hour battle. There were talks about the possibility of removing the shipwreck completely so if this landmark is on your bucket list, try to visit it soon!

Point Reyes has always been a major shipping route. These waters were extremely dangerous, even for the most experienced mariners. It’s strong currents, fierce winds and unnavigable fog were the ferocious foe of many sailors of the past. At least 50 ships have lost the battle with these treacherous waters.

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Get a closer look at the shipwrecks here

As for the infamous shipwreck located in Inverness of Point Reyes, you’ll see that it’s in pretty good shape for having survived the “dangerous conditions”. That’s because the ship suffered a grounding more than a wreck. It’s also located in Tomales Bay, not the Pacific Ocean. Which is the reason why the ship still exists.

After arriving at the Inverness Store parking lot, you can already see the shipwreck from a distance. We made our way over and were greeted with slushy mud and a little body of water that prevented us from getting closer to the ship…


With HikeSnobs ingenuity, we were able to MacGyver our way over the mud and water without getting dirty or wet. If only we remembered to take a picture of our strategy. We’re still newbies at this blogging thing.

When you visit the ship, the stern will not look like this anymore due to the fire.


We took all precautions when climbing the ship. Slow and steady steps…


With the fire damage, you should take even more precaution when walking around the boat (if even possible).


Obligatory girl group picture! ✌️👭👭

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It’s unclear how much longer people will be able to access the shipwreck. If you’re in the area, make the quick stop and check out this iconic site before its too late.

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Be careful where you step. The floor could give in at any moment. With the recent fire, it might not even be possible to climb aboard

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Leave us a message below!

3 thoughts on “Point Reyes Shipwreck

  1. Amazing.

    If you ever have the opportunity to visit Sandy Hook, NJ (part of Gateway Nat’l Recreational Area), you should hike through the old military facilities that dot the shore – ammunition blocks, caissons, decrepit and vandalized interiors shielded from the strong seaside sun.

    You’ve got an awesome blog, and thanks for stopping by to visit my blog , Side/Dishes. Please feel free to follow along if you’re so inclined. 🙂

    Jim 🙂


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