Bolinas Ridge Trail is a 22.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Point Reyes Station, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike The Bolinas ridge form Olema to Bolinas Lagoon. The Trail Parallels Olema Creek and the San Andreas Fault. Excellent Birding opportunities are along the way.
We hiked the Bolinas Ridge Trail from Olema to the Coastal Trail down in to Stinson Beach via the fire road trail in August 2016. It was a 22 mile day (we didn't have a car so walked from the B&B we stayed in and also to the hotel in Stinson) but it was absolutely beautiful. From the rolling hills with cows lounging to the almost rain forest like atmosphere with moss covered rocks it was worth every step. We saw 8 other people the entire time we were on the trail so it was very peaceful. It was foggy most of the day but when that fog would clear the views were amazing. Beautiful hike!
This is one of my favorite biking trails. For years I have been coming here every few months. Rolling hills, ocean views, redwood forests, and lots of cattle what more could you ask for to feel removed from the city and renewed / in and out 22 miles complete in 3 hours.
Pretty views of the rolling hills on your way out to Point Reyes and the shoreline! Easy hike down a Fire Trail that is not heavily hiked. While this is a dog friendly trail and many dogs were off leash, this is a messy trail if your dog enjoys rolling in (or eating) piles of cow pies and horse poop! Trail is not accessible for those with disabilities but is otherwise a very easy hike. Several bikers were along this route, but plenty of space to share the trail.
Did the Shafter Grade first and it was just as brutal as the elevation profile suggests. Once at the top, we realized that we were on a closed trail though there were no signs at the bottom of the trail to indicate this. The Bolinas Ridge trail was beautiful, with views of the nearby ridges, valley and Tomales Bay. It is a very easy stretch of trail bit there is little shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and water. The Jewell trail is a mellower decline to the Cross Marin trail which has paved or trail options. Went on a Thursday and saw 5 people on the entire loop. Keep this in mind if you are going alone.
I have biked this trail often usually from the Bolinas-Fairfax road and Ridge road intersection and one or twice from Sir Francis Drake. It is mostly shaded with some views and moves along the top of the ridge with frequent ups and downs. It can be challenging especially in winter when it can be muddy, but over all I have had some great rides with very little traffic if any and parking at both trail heads. I have also brought my dog several times for the workout as they are permitted.