Sky Trail and Bear Valley to Arch Rock Trail Loop

HARD 12 reviews

Sky Trail and Bear Valley to Arch Rock Trail Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

11.3 miles 1879 feet Loop




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12 Mile loop hike leaving Bear Valley visitor center and starting out with a difficult climb up Mt. Wittenberg trail, a hike along Sky Trail to Coat Trail then to Arch Rock and returning via Bear Valley Trail.

trail running
2 days ago

The very best for running. Tough start but the rest is relatively easy for trail runners.

15 days ago

Beautiful hike. I love doing the uphill part first and then having a nice relaxing hike the rest of the way.

We had lunch on the beach. Took a swing on the buoy swing.

Cruised back to the parking lot on the very easy ending.

In the field next to the last outhouse there are some nice tree benches for a little nap before returning to civilization.

22 days ago

We started from Bear Valley Trailhead, hiked up to the Sky Trail and went down to the Kelham Beach. We walked all the way the section of the crumbled Arch Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore. From the beach we returned to the Bear Valley Trail and back to the trailhead. The weather was perfect, partial sunny, no wind..It was a wonderful hike.

1 month ago

2 months ago

The trail to Arch rock is indefinitely closed so that was a big disappointment but it appears you may be able to walk along the beach and see the area. I didn't get a chance to try this because I didn't know the tide schedule. Overall, the views of the coastal cliffs and Drakes Bay were a highlight.

3 months ago

Beautiful. Hard, but every single drop of sweat was worth it! Definitely will do it again!

5 months ago

Okay hike. Path down to the ocean is easy hike back is much different. Arched rock was closed which was a bummer.

6 months ago

awesome hike!!

7 months ago

Accessed this trail from Old Pine Trail on the way to connect to Coast Trail. Moderate hills at times, pretty scenery, nice first glimpse of the ocean.

1 year ago

Great hiking, and plentiful, free parking - I arrived at 9am on a Saturday and there were loads of empty spots, and when I left around 1pm there were still spaces and plenty of cars pulling out. It was a foggy day though, so might fill up when the forecast is good.

Lovely forest and nice coastline, I can't really speak to the views because of the fog (not the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5). Not too easy but also not strenuous if you're in reasonable shape. Unfortunately the overlook for arch rock collapsed recently, and apparently most of the formation is also gone.

The bear valley trail at the end had some hikers, but other than that didn't see too many other people. In total it took me about 4 hours.

1 year ago

Started at Mt Whitenberg (?) instead. Made it a 13.7 mile loop. Just phenomenal. Rarely saw anyone until getting to Arch Rock and Bear Valley Trail. Highly recommend. Loop top about 4.5 hours-would certainly take longer in a group.

4 years ago

An awesome, longer hike that combines a harder climb in the beginning and ends with beautiful coastal views and and easy walk out.
Start out climbing from the parking, take a right towards Mt. Wittenberg, and start climbing. Only really difficult part of the hike, nice to get it out of the way. Once up top, start winding your way towards the water and begin the easy walk along the coast. You can shoot down to the water, pick blueberries, and remain fairly isolated until you hit Arch Rock. From there, take the well-trafficked 4 mile jaunt back to the lot.