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Such a beautiful hike. Brings lots of water and snacks and/or lunch that you can eat at the falls.

I will start with advice, if you want the best trip to the falls check the SF tides chart. Try to get to the falls 2 hours before or after low tide, any other time there will be no beach to see the falls from, it will all be water. And you will have to stay on the rocks.
Also from the top of The falls to the bottom is very sharp loose shale rock you are on you butt going down and must use your hands and knees going up, with shorts your knees could be cut up.

The trail itself is great, it goes from hundreds of feet up above the water to completely shaded by the trees.
Not much uphill at all

I’ve done this loop dozens of times and it’s always nice. Wonderful views of the Bay! The section to the south is far less traveled. The peak can be a bit windy and/or chilly, so bring a light jacket if you plan on hanging out.

Beautiful hike with shade along the way. A long hike at 13-14 miles but so worth it. Take some snacks to enjoy the beach once you arrive ! It’s a busy hike but not too many people. Parking gets full very quick so unless you want to hike a couple more miles , get there early to get parking.

Definitely a hard trail with little shade and the sun coming down on your skin. Arrived at the entrance at 6:30 am and it was the best decision because by 8 am the sun was beaming. Beautiful views with a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards. I Recommend getting there super early no later than 7 if you want to avoid the sun and enjoy the sunrise

Busy but not too crowded. Trailhead parking is definitely packed by mid morning on the weekends. This is a fun one!

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9 days ago

Amazing hike on very easy terrain. Too bad I forgot my binoculars because the elks were beautiful and majestic, we also got to see whales in the distance!

Really good hike. The hike gets really steep towards the north peak. Recommended to do it early in the day so you are done by noon.

Fantastic Hike, getting to the Beach to stand below the falls is a MUST!!

Beautiful Views! The Elk are Spectacular!!

Was a difficult hike but the views along the way is fantastic specially seeing clouds beneath you!

Great trail. Easy to hike. Great vistas

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14 days ago

My first time in Point Reyes. So beautiful! The elk, the wild flowers, the views. At first I was thinking this hike is on the easier side of moderate but the distance definitely makes it a bit more challenging. The distance and fighting through the head-high wild flowers to get to the end.

Absolutely beautiful place! So glad somebody on the trail let me know where the turn off was. I’m pretty sure I would’ve missed it. I will definitely come back and plan to bring my bathing suit so I can jump in the water at the end!

That's a nice hike in point rayes . we did on weekend Oct 27. was a lot of hikers but still more then enough space for everyone. Beautiful green scenario feels like its spring but its almost November. Amazing almost clear all day. pretty views of ocean shore and breeze, nature lakes ,and waterfall by the shore. Recomend to try and enjoy what you love to do.

Great hike! Beautiful forest trees and gorgeous views. We misted the waterfall trail and had to go back and use the map to find it. Path to the waterfall is tight and at the end is climbing down the hill holding on to the big rocks on the sides. Was kind of scary for me but all worth it! Will go back again...!

Amazing for a first hike on Mt.Tam! Loved the varied terrain from forest to ocean view. A treat for the kid in you to hike down stairs, to the creek, over bridges and then to climb a 10 rung sturdy ladder. Take your time and enjoy!

That last descent down to the beach, and then back up again was a bit scary for this fat man, but was well worth it in the end.

So gorgeous! Went on a Sunday a few weeks back got to the parking by 9 and barely anyone so the hike and beach were basically to ourselves. We did the short cut and climb is hard. I brought gloves which helped.

Tough but quick. Good training hike.

This is my favorite trail from back home to solo hike! Trails are really nicely done and the hills definitely make sure you’re working hard the entire time. If you have the energy, I would recommend hiking up to the Black Mountain Peak for really great views and a different sort of terrain!

This is a tough trail because it is uphill for majority of the hike. But it's a good workout due to the huge elevation change. The trail gets very crowded on weekends and has little shade. Bring water to keep hydrated. Enjoyed the hike on this trail.

Steep and beautiful views.

Very steep coming up or down from parking area...but not so steep that I had to slide on my butt.

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24 days ago

Great hike!

We started the hike about 9:30am October 20, 2018. Couldn't ask for better weather. There was a little coastal fog that burned off quickly and no wind.

The first part of the hike is easy and the views of the Pacific Ocean are amazing. Elk can be found throughout the trail. About a mile in, the trail has a good moderate climb.

The real reward is when you reach the point. Because there was no wind, we enjoyed our sandwiches while watching a seal play in the water. We were literally perched on the cliff overlooking the beautiful waves crashing on the shore below.

The return trip was on the same trail, but there were lots of hikers by this time. So glad we left early so we could enjoy some solitude before the crowds. When we returned to the parking lot around 2:00 pm, it was full!

We strolled around the old ranch there looking at the buildings, etc. By the time we returned to our car, about 2:30pm, we noticed that the wind had picked up.

Highly recommend this hike in the morning to avoid crowds and wind!

Per person you need 3 liters of water to do this trail.
For parking, you can do the parking at the start of the trail. I got lucky twice.
You can also park on Vineyard Avenue, this adds up a little bit more of a hike but beats going to Ohlone.

If you take Peak Meadow trail it is nicer, the trail is less wide and less people. In some spots there is shade. Basically where you see the river in the map is where you have shade and can stop for a little picnic or a break.

I usually do this trail all the way to mission peak.
Then if I am tired of lazy I do the hidden valley back
if I am in no hurry I take the peak meadow route back.
Hidden valley as others mention has no shade but is faster.

There is a stretch at horses heaven trail which is very steep, this is easy going up but is tricky going down. If you are not comfortable with steep downhill. I'd bring a walking stick or poles
and make sure your shoes can catch the track
one time I brought flat-ish shoes and that was a disaster.

Mahalo

Hidden gem sandwiched in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Beautiful coastal views. Not as hectic as other over hyped trails in the area. Nice Fresh air. You might spot a whale or two on the lower end.

Pretty coastal views at the beginning and a surprisingly beautiful waterfall that drops right into the ocean at the end; not particularly strenuous, but there are some good opportunities to scramble down rocks by the falls to the beach. The trail to the falls from the Coast Trail is not an official trail, though the beginning of the trail was marked by an arrow on the Coast Trail at about the 4 mile mark. There is a lot of poison oak on the side trail, so long pants/sleeves are recommended.

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