Drakes View Loop

EASY 2 reviews

Drakes View Loop is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Inverness, CA that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

7.1 miles 1644 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips



A short walk up to the summit of Point Reyes Hill (1336'). This is an excellent location for panoramic views and sunsets. remember to bring your camera.

3 months ago

Not at all what I expected. From the previous review, I was expecting a nice and brisk journey through the Point Reyes National Seashore. What started as a beautiful adventure quickly became a nigtmare about 1 mile into the hike. Trail became non-existent and overrun with brush, thorns and poisen oak. Also, it is basically an uphill battle through this prickly and poisenous jungle. The only redeeming value was the views at the top and breif breaks from the brush where you get to walk through a magical and calm forest. If you dare venture here, where boots, long pants, and I personally recommend a machete. Happy hiking.

3 years ago

Fabulous for a March hike, wild flowers in bloom, especially Douglas Iris, cool day so exposure time on Inverness Ridge felt good. Parked at the end of Mt Vision Rd, (Off Sir Francis Drake Blvd west bound, stay left just past the Duck Cove Marshall Beach Rd turn)....GREAT VIEWS EAST AND WEST, Elephant Hill & St Helena, (E, NE) and Drakes Bay and the Pacific, Limatour Rd to the South.

We stayed on Inverness Ridge for l.4 til Drakes View Trail....thru Pine Tree tunnels, dense new growth since the 1995 fire, emerging at lovely Iris spotted trail & creek, a bridge, a bench with magical note depositary spot;D

Decided to take Bay view back up, as seemed like a bit less altitude lost/regain from heading down to Muddy Hollow & returning up Bucklin. Husband & I not hiking as much, & the up/down altitudes are not, um, spelled out too well. Overall, it turns out it was a 7.7 round trip, became longer than I'd managed to add up from the Tom Harrison Map....seemed real long from Muddy Hollow to trailhead where we originally went down Drakes View. Very glad to take a new-to-us trail, and perfect for a March day....didn't pass anyONE til 2 people near Muddy Hollow.