Arch Rock Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Arch Rock Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Point Reyes Station, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until July.

8.8 miles 686 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Arch Rock Trail is 9 mile out and back near Point Reyes Station. The Arch Rock Trail is the Bear Creek trail and Coastal trail combined. The trail is well marked and easily navigated. The trail is heavily used and has many alternative routes. It can be damp and muddy in the winter. 4.5 Mile hike/walk. Great for mountain biking. Relatively flat. Well marked trails with trail heads and milage on signs. Busy on the weekend. Light during the week. Pack a lunch and water.

14 days ago

Long flat walk to pretty spot on the beach.

19 days ago

Beautiful trail, modest elevation, mostly shaded. Waterfalls, streams, and a beautiful ocean view at the end. Go to the bathroom at the visitor center at the beginning of the trail because the flushless toilets are pretty gross. Arch Rock has collapsed so let's start a contest to rename the trail.

Nice long hike. Trail is relatively flat and most of it shaded. Great views of the coast once you reach the end of the trail. Watch out for the horses and the piles they leave.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is great, well maintained and shaded most of the way. Too bad the Arch Rock itself has collapsed. But there's always an option to go a little ways along the Coast Trail and down to the beach. Overall - good hiking trail.

hiking
2 months ago

The land bridge that formed the Arch Rock has collapsed and the pathway heading out to the point has been covered with limbs to discourage people from heading out there, which also happens to be the only way I know of to get to the beach below the cliffs. The hike is along a well traveled and well maintained trail, with a restroom (non-running water type) and a few garbage and recycling bins located at the top of the hill. The trails are all well marked and there is even a bicycle rack at the bottom of the Bear Valley Trail.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Very wide, great training trail

hiking
2 months ago

Did the hike along with some connecting trails several times a few years ago. Pretty much a flat hike and only rated moderate due to length. One of the prettier busiest hikes around. You never know what language you're going to hear on this trail. The other trails in the system especially those along the coast are even better but this is the route to get to them.

3 months ago

Ok

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

pretty nice. the trail is actually a gravel road for the first 3.5 miles. I did 9.3 miles at an average of 3.38 mph. I deleted by accident and hope I can recover it on my pc. a very easy walking trail that winds through a very thick forest loaded with massive Douglas Fir trees that reach 100+ feet.
walked all the way to the coast but could not get there due to trail closures. I had to take a pic of the Pacific Ocean from 3/10 of a mile away.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike. We did it in December after a rain. Easy hiking on wide gravely fire road. Fern, canopy trees , babbling brook, cool but not cold, perfect for hiking. Great time!

hiking
1 year ago

Went with my wife last weekend. The trail is large enough to walk four abreast in most areas, and is pretty well maintained. It is under the cover of trees and very lush with beautiful ferns and still some running water that runs parallel to the trail. A couple sections are muddy but did not pose a problem. Overall this is a wonderful experience and I can't wait to hike on to Wildcat Camp next time.

Note: While it is true that the .2 mile trail section to Arch Rock is closed, you can instead continue on to the Coast Trail and get a good view of Arch Rock and the ocean, including some whale watching.

hiking
1 year ago

Due to the arch falling, you can no longer go down that far.

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike. BUT NOTE:
"A portion of the Arch Rock overlook collapsed on Saturday, March 21, 2015, killing one person and injuring another. The area leading up to Arch Rock is closed for your safety. The land may still be unstable and further collapse or erosion could occur. New hazardous conditions on Arch Rock were reported to the park on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Fissures along the top of Arch Rock had weakened the cliff. Bluffs along the California coast are inherently unstable. They are prone to crumbling and sliding. It is very dangerous to climb or walk along the edge of cliffs. Be aware of falling rocks if walking near the base of a rock face."
http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/hiking_guide.htm#archrockcollapse

hiking
1 year ago

Busy and muddy trail but easy enough the whole family liked it. Took us 4 hours to go out and back. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 years ago

I highly recommend this hike to everyone who loves ocean views

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Was so tired at the end of the hike but was worth it! A lot of shade cover from the trees. hiking next to a creek most of the way. The trail is all maintained. There is a bathroom roughly 1.5miles into the hike. The view from The cliff side (top of Arch rock) is fantastic. picnic or rest just relax and enjoy the view! The trail down to the beach and the arch is rough, not maintained and dangerous, watch your step. Over awesome trail. just bring plenty of water and snacks or lunch so you don't tire out.

2 years ago

Super hike with a fantastic destination ... Magical walk thru a misty forest opening up to the ocean on top of the Arch Rock. Moderate climb down to the beach and under the ArchRock, but so worth the work! Watch out for the tide!!! Windy and cool at the beach. About 9miles round trip but mostly flat. Deer, sea lion.....BIRDS!

2 years ago

Great hike! Fairly flat with a couple small rolling hills. Lots of traffic, can hike or bike most of the way. Gorgeous view at the end and you can take the side trails at the end down the ravine to the beach at low tide. A new favorite of me and my wife.