Nicasio Reservoir, California 94946, USA
Point Reyes Nicasio LoopStart the day off right in Point Reyes Station with coffee and a scone at the Bovine Bakery. There's loads of bicycle parking in the park to the right of the bakery and cyclists come in from every direction, to fuel up at this same intersection.
From Bovine, head to the traffic light with Highway 1/ Point Reyes Petaluma Rd and turn right. There's a short climb up and out of town. You'll then take another right to stay on Point Reyes Petaluma Rd while Highway 1 goes left.
Eventually you'll come to a small bridge and Stop sign, where you'll turn left to head towards the Nicasio Reservoir. The views you'll see on this stretch are something out of Ireland or the Scottish Highlands. Soon you'll turn right at Nicasio Valley Rd and head towards the small town of Nicasio. If you need to hit a restroom or fill up your water bottle, you have a few spots to choose from next to the little league field.
Keep following Nicasio Valley Rd (as Lucas Valley Rd breaks off to the left), until you hit the large four way intersection with Sir Francis Drake Blvd and turn right. You'll follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd through Lagunitas and the magical section of Redwood trees in the Samuel P Taylor State Park. The quieter option to head back in to Point Reyes is to turn right in to Platform Bridge Rd. It will soon end at a T-intersection where you'll turn left to see Point Reyes Petaluma Rd again. You'll take that all the way back in to town.