Explore the most popular views trails in Phillip Burton Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great opportunity for a long day hike or broken up into a two-day backpacking trip. Horses, coyotes, California condors, tons of little furry friends, and the possibility of seeing Tule elk and whales off the coast!

Nice hike, exposed more than I like. Pretty easy, only challenging part for me was climbing the rocky hill towards the end.

Everything promised! If I were to go again, I would bring more water resistant gear, not because of rain but because of high wet brush.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beautiful way to see the full coast line, hills, and lakes of the area.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

14 mile hike with only moderate incline/decline for a third of the trail. Starts off on a fire road along a stream surrounded by ferns, then follows along coastal cliffs with two opportunities to go down to the beach (one has a waterfall), then climbs 1000 ft or so giving great views of Bodega Bay before dropping back down to Bear Valley trail 0.8 miles from the end of the hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bear Valley Trail is a flat wheelchair-safe route down close to the beach. It's a local favorite that is about 8 miles roundtrip. People walk it, run it, or bike it to within 1/2 mile of the beach. It's shaded and beautiful with the cool Pt. Reyes weather regardless of what the weather is elsewhere. At the end of the hike, there is arch rock, where, depending on the tide, you can scramble down to the beach and watch the water splash around the large natural arch. If you can't get to the beach here, you can go north 1/2 mile on the coastal trail to Kellham Beach. There is a sign and a trail with stairs helping you down. This will increase your mileage to 9 miles for the day, but it's a nice beach with not too many people.

The views at the end and the ease of the hike get it a 3 stars. It would get more, but the many users and lack of views on the way bring it down.

Many out for a stroll just stop at the Divide Meadow at 1.6 miles, sit on the tables, enjoy the sun and ocean breeze and return.

If you can handle more mileage, I always recommend doing the Skyline Trail down and the Bear Valley Back. It's more mileage, but the near-rainforest like conditions on the hills and the expansive views as you drop down to the beach make it worthwhile. See my review for the Meadow-Woodward Trail.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

Nice little day hike from trail head to Arch Rock. Trail branches off to Wildcat Camp, permit needed to stay. Ideal for botany enthusiasts.

19 days ago

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, July 04, 2014

hiking
Wednesday, October 17, 2012