Woodward Valley Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Woodward Valley Trail is a 13.4 mile loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, CA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.

13.4 miles 1673 feet Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Travel from forest to tidepools on this ambitious walk. Take Bear Valley Trail to Mt. Wittenberg or Meadow Trail and climb to Sky Trail. Turn left and continue to Woodward Valley Trail, turn right and follow to Coast Trail. At very low tides, Sculptured Beach provides tidepool opportunities. Follow Coast Trail to Arch Rock, rejoin Bear Valley Trail to return.

1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

I feel like perhaps I missed the best trails in Bear and Woodward Valleys. After Mt Wittenberg trail we did parts of Sky and Laguna trails but I found the trail markers lacking unless you really know the area. We did not and got a bit turned around and as the weather began to get cold quickly we had to get a ride back to the visitor's center by a nice hiker we had passed on the trail. Would try these trailheads again equipped with a better map.

1 year ago

Wooow! One of the most beautiful hikes out in west marin! I started off bear valley then in 1.6mi took the sky trail by the restrooms. Then took meadow trail then coast trail, which by the way has wonderful views of the beaches and coast. Hiked all the way down the hill til I hit the next hiking sign. Followed sign back to bear valley.

hiking
3 years ago

Good trail, very clean but boy, its narrow in most places - like 18" wide. Had a great time here....

hiking
4 years ago

Woodward trail is accessed from Coastal Trail or from the Skyline Trail. We hiked it from the Bear Valley Trailhead via the Meadow Trail. Once we reached the Coastal Trail we headed south, visited Sculptured Beach and Kellhem Beach, and then took the Bear Valley Trail Back to the trailhead. Our total mileage was approximately 12.5 miles.

The trail starts at the busy Bear Valley Trailhead. We chatted with the backpackers and then headed down the Bear Valley Trail for about 0.5 miles until reaching the Meadow Trail. The meadow trail ascended quickly up the hill making this the most aerobic portion of the hike. The meadow trail passes through a mixture of lichen-covered misty Douglas fir forest and sunny meadow until it reaches the Sky Trail at about 2.3 total miles distance. You turn left down the Sky Trail for 0.5 miles until you reach the Woodward Trail to the right.

The Woodward trail starts in the same dark Douglas forest with ferns and lilies on either side. After one mile, however, you begin to have peeks through the trees. After another 1/2 miles, you are treated to views of the mist-laden hills left of the trail and then expansive views of Limatour Spit and Drakes Esturo to the north. The vegetation changes to grasslands and exposed rock as you make your way to the Coastal Trail.

Taking a left (south) on the coastal trail, you come to Sculptured Beach in 1/2 mile. Descend to the beach and see the surf crash into the exotic cliff faces and enjoy the views north and south. This is the time for lunch. Be careful of sneaker waves as you walk over the exposed rocks.

Return to the coastal trail and continue south. You'll pass a unmarked trail to the tip of Definance Point and a marked trail to Kellham Beach, a giant beach that extends almost to arch rock south and Defiance Point to the north.

Return to the Coast trail and continue 1/2 mile to Arch Rock and the Bear Valley trail. You can either turn right and head down to Arch Rock or left back to your trailhead. You are 4 miles from your trailhead at this point. The route is the flat and busy Bear Valley Trail reviewed elsewhere. My wife and I used this as an opportunity to see how fast we could hike! We managed 3.7 miles per hour!