Earthquake Trail

Earthquake Fence
The actual earthquake induced gap is under the trees to the right. The light blue poles lined up mark the actual location of the San Andreas fault.
User: Austin Explorer - 8/15/2014

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 0.79 Mile  Elapsed Time: 37 minutes


Point Reyes lies at the boundary between the North American and Pacific plates, so of course we had to hike the interpretive trail that details the area's geologic history.

The trail itself is ADA compliant, paved and mostly flat.

It's suitable for all ages.  Actually, even the interpretive signs are tailored for all ages.  Every display comes in an adult and kid version, each customized for different levels of understanding.

The highlight of the trail is the earthquake fence.  The 1906 earthquake that leveled large parts of San Francisco left a startling bit of evidence here as well.  A fence line that had been a continuous straight line was cut in two with both halves separating by 16 feet.  Portions of the fence was left to illustrate the radical changes in terrain that can occur when earthquakes occur.

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Earthquake Fence