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Earthquake Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore Photo Gallery


Earthquake Trail

Earthquake Trail

©2008 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
At Point Reyes National Seashore, you can walk right on top of the infamous San Andreas Fault. One easy place to locate it is on the short Earthquake Trail, which leads from the parking lot near the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the spot shown above. Just before the big quake that shook San Francisco in April, 1906, this fence was continuous. Afterward, it had moved to where you see it now, a distance of about 20 feet.

More gradual movement along the fault moves the Point Reyes peninsula a little further north each year, separating it further from the Tehachapi Mountains (now 310 miles away) where it was once attached.

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