Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Point Reyes National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

20 days ago

beautiful and perfect for a day!

Amazing trek. Challenging to get to the falls and back in one day but well worth the effort. Gorgeous views and standing in Alamere Falls at the halfway mark (if you are doing a day hike) and feeling the cool fresh water and mist is a good break for your hike back. Would love to camp at Wildcat next time and explore other trails in the area.

amazing hike, start early to avoid the crowds

nice spot to head to the coast. I'd love to camp here!

perfect length for a morning hike. We took the coast trail way, and at the beach went down to the water to hike that
.5 Mile portion with the rich sound of waves. brought our lunch to eat at the camp picnic table, and use the outhouse conveniently located before the last 2 miles back up fire trail to Laguna trail parking lot.

Awesome hike ... marsh land, beach trek, hills with views of the ocean and forest. Back side of trail culminates with a half mile walk along the road/parking lot.

Nice trail with a walk-in campground two miles from the parking lot. That’s close enough to pack in all the eats and drinks, set up camp, consume all the heavy stuff (beer, bbq, etc.), then be back to a normal load by morning, ready to hike on.

One of my favorite trails! Definitely stop by Alamere Falls on the way out. There is an arrow made of rocks on the trail that point in the direction of the Falls.

Well marked with lots of ocean views. Moderate traffic later in the day. Beach is easily accessible from Wildcat camp as are the falls

backpacking
4 months ago

I love Point Reyes been backpacking it since the late 60's, the food storgae boxes will not keep out rats or mice store your food in a bear canister or Rat Sack inside the food storage boxes ..... trust me on this.

Beautiful hike... terrain changes, fresh sea air, a tree swing. I really enjoyed it!

Loved it. Had a little bit of everything (cloud forests, beaches, wildlife) and felt very mystical.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike views are excellent. Hike in is a little steep for the first 2 miles but mostly flat after that. Campsites were clean and flat areas to pitch your tent.

Great hike! Definitely a challenge with the elevation changes. Fantastic views and you see a bit of everything from beach to forrest.

This was a pretty intense hike. We started from Muggy hollow trail heading toward the beach. Then we hiked up the mountain. Took us 7 hrs to complete. We ran into a mountain lion. If I do this hike again I will start Sky trail side and towards the beach. Be ready this is an intense hike.

My husband and I did this trail 9/23/15 and went down to the falls. Left the visitor center and 9am and returned at the lot at 7pm. Saw a deer on the way. We were the only ones on the trail till we got closer to the camp site. We had a great time except we wore the wrong shoes!

beautiful!

Great trail. Not very hard.

Beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers.

backpacking
10 months ago

Amazing first time backpacking trip! We checked in at Bear Valley Visitor Center around 10 am. We started our hike from the visitor center on Bear Valley Trail and immediately took the Mt. Wittenberg Trail. This part of the trail is pretty steep and was the most difficult part for us. At the top you will reach Mt. Wittenberg at 1407ft. It was foggy when we arrived but still beautiful! We continued on Mt. Wittenberg trail to Woodward Valley 2.0. Would definitely recommend it was a little challenging but mostly you are ascending down in elevation. We then took the Coast Trail to Coast Camp. Amazing views!!!! We stayed at Coast Camp in site #6 which was perfect. We couldn't see or hear our neighbors really at all. All of the sites #1-7 seemed pretty nice. They also have some group camp sites but they aren't as private. You can walk from the coast camp sites on a short trail to the beach. Huge Beach with beautiful sand and not too many people around.

On our second day we decided to take an easier route that would be mostly flat ground. We hopped on the Coast Trail and headed to Sculptured Beach. The trail isn't maintained very well to get down to the beach, but once you do it is incredible! Huge rock formations and if you get there at low tide you can even walk through some of the tide pools and stone archways. After Sculptured beach we headed back along the coast trail back to Bear Valley Trail. The coastal trail can get hot you are in the sun the whole time. The trail is fairly flat and on a clear day you will have great views of the blue ocean for most of the trail. The Bear Valley Trail is a very flat, wide trail. It is also a bicycle trail route. There is a lot of shade and easy walking which was great for our last leg of the trip. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone who is getting started with backpacking, we had an amazing trip!!!

One of the best backpacking getaways in the Bay Area. Offers gorgeous views all throughout the trail and ferns galore! I ended up showing up the day of at Point Reyes station and luckily reserved campsite 5 at glen campground. Very secluded and beautiful to say the least.

10 months ago

Very beautiful, challenging when one is out of shape but had fun hiking with family and friends

Another epic hike at Pt Reyes. You move through various ecosystems - rain forest to beach. One of the most beautiful hikes in Bay Area.

on Woodward Valley Trail

11 months ago

bear valley is a pretty flat 4 miles. consider an alternate route back if you want more uphill

11 months ago

it is beautiful, easy, and peaceful. the trail is easy to follow and the coastal section offers views of the cliffs and 10 mile beaches. My only complaint is that the 1.7 miles back along the gravel path is not as interesting as the first 3 miles. would walk the path again, but turn around and go back up the other way once the path turns from the coast.

If you click directions on this trail, google maps leads you to muddy hollow trail, which does not lead you to Alamear Falls. Still a beautiful area, but I'm disappointed that I didn't get to see the falls this time.

Did a slight variation of this hike. Lots of tall grass,weeds, and thorns at least up to your stomach throughout so recommend long pants. Very scenic and goes along the beach if you want to stop and have lunch.

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