Point Reyes National Seashore Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.
It was a foggy day, but the beach view was beautiful.
First backpacking trip - EVER! It was great weather, and a lovely hike. We took the Palomarin trail to WildCat Camp. Set up our tents, and then walked along the beach to Alamere Falls. We didn't see much as far as wild life.. foxes and some deer. The facilities at camp was fine, but we had no water. Was able to purify some water from a local creek. Of course, it got a little cold at night, but we loved it.
Completed. There was amazing wildlife to view.
Roads on horseback, Bear Valley> Baldy>Ridge>Meadow>B. Valley, Rift> Stewarts and back to Bear Valley via Rift. Nice long ride took our time..
A very special place all the trails are good.
Wow. We saw 3 bobcats, one each day, on our 2 night backpacking trip. The first day we watched a bobcat hunting for about 30 minutes. It was fascinating. He finally caught some sort of rodent and wandered out of view. Amazing. The coastal cliffs are very memorable, sky camp rocked our socks off. This is such a special part of California. A must see for everybody.
We backpacked here over New Years. It was beautiful! What a perfect winter destination when the snow is on the mountains. Point Reyes is absolutely one of the most beautiful places in California! The coast line is rugged and green and the views of the ocean and Drake's Bay are breath taking. We spent a lot of time sitting and taking in the views.
The hike in and out from Bear Valley Visitor Center to either of the two southern camps was very crowded, but as soon as we turned off of the Bear Valley trail, we had near-solitude. The trails undulate a lot: up and over coastal hill after coastal hill which means the views are always changing. Parts of the trail are through bright tall forests with oaks, parts go through pines, and parts go through denser woods with lots of underbrush. There are many, many kinds of ferns and moss and mushrooms everywhere. Parts of the trail are on coastal grassland. Some parts of the trail are shared with cyclists, some with horses and some with ranger trucks.
We got same-day permits at the visitor center; there were very few permits available with limited options. The people in line behind us did not get a permit for a coastal site and there is very little reason to backpack here if you are not going to stay at one of the two coastal sites. As it was, we had to stay our second night in Glen Camp. While the night at Glen Camp was convenient for breaking up the hike out, Glen is a very dark and cold camp in the winter. I imagine it is lovely in the summer, but there it has little to offer in the winter: no short excursions out, no vistas, shadows that remain over some parts of it all day. We did, however, hear bobcats at night and had some lovely neighbors.
But, the night we spent in Wildcat camp was amazing! The beach, the walk to Alamere Falls (a not-to-miss site!) the views, the bluffs, the shorebirds, the clouds, the deer, a bobcat (!) it was superlative. And we also had some lovely neighbors there.
Beautiful area! Pretty easy but no crowds, the scenery is amazing.
On the day of my hike, the Tule Elk were in abundance. Docents were stationed in a few keys areas with binoculars and talking with hikers. It was a great day with mild weather. The inclines are not difficult even for a beginner level hiker. A great 4 hour hike!
The only reason I don't give this a 5-star rating is that it's usually pretty crowded and the backpacking campsites are difficult to reserve sometimes, especially near the shore. Other than that though, this place is spectacular. Strenuous hills, amazing views, varied terrain: rocky cliffs, sandy beach, scrub brush, forest, you name it. I've done two trips here, staying at Sky Camp and Glenn Camp, taking various paths from the Bear Valley Visitor Center, over the ridge, down to the coastal trails, and then back. The coast trail from Arch Rock leading up towards Glenn Camp is very steep and long, my wife was cursing at me during the ascent. Alamere Falls is definitely worth a visit. You can access it by walking along the beach from Wildcat Camp (but check the tides so you don't get stuck along the cliffs with nowhere to go), or by a small path off of the Coast Trail. There's a rope to help with the last part of the climb down to the beach. Bass Lake is a good spot to have lunch or a snack.
WOODWARD VALLEY LOOP (approx. 21 km / 13 mi.)
This trail includes beautiful forest and spectacular coastal hiking. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, climbing either Mt. Wittenberg or Meadow Trail to Sky Trail. Continue to Woodward Valley, one of the lushest, greenest trails in the park. Follow this all the way down to Coast Trail where you'll enjoy open ocean views as you head south to Arch Rock. Beach access is marked along your way at both Sculptured Beach and Kelham Beach. Both are beautiful and remote beaches. From Arch Rock, follow Bear Valley Trail, a gentle grade through beautiful buckeyes, oaks, and Douglas firs, back to the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
There are tons of places to hike here. Estero Point trail is a fairly easy and scenic route. If you're feeling like a challenge try going Bucklins to Muddy Hollow to Drakes View and finally back on Inverness Ridge. all these trail are in the north shore maps.
If you need hiking info or help figuring out a good hike for your party head first to the Bear Valley Center and grab maps and talk to the rangers. Also grab some fresh oysters on your way out. Light house is great too. You can come here 50 times and not discover everything this place has to offer.
Nice way to get out in the bay aera for the weekend. We started down at the visitors center and hiked in to one of the beach campsites. Campfires are aloud on the beach. Made for a great weekend.