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Bear Valley to Coast Camp [CLOSED] is a 13.9 mile loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 13.9 mi Elevation gain 1,965 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Beach Forest Views Wildlife Closed No dogs
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Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Short Backpacking trip to Coast Camp This is a short backpacking trip from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Coast Camp. This is an overnight trip that can be changed to several different ways back. This is a good short overnight trip. The first two miles is pretty steep up hill and the last four is mostly downhill. There isn't really a lot of flat trail.

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Dylan Feldman
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful trail! I did not find the first few miles to be too steep, but they are definitely a steady uphill. There were tons of fresh huckleberries all along the trail - delicious! If you end up camping on the coast, be sure to put your food in the locker immediately. A blue jay got into our food that was buried deep within our pack when we left for a few minutes to the restroom.

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Amy A
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Backpacking

First two miles were fairly steep but the rest of the trail was either downhill or relatively flat. Great for a one night backpacking trip. I loved this trail!

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Joe Romo
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Hiking

This hike was awesome! It has beautiful Forrest views then your awesome coastal views. We stopped and had lunch on the beach then continued the journey. I recommend if your going to do the full loop take plenty of water. I highly recommend this hike, plenty of beautiful views.

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Sheila Shoemaker
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Backpacking

Beautiful loop - great for all levels of backpackers! The first few miles are a tough incline, followed by a some downhill, but the majority of the loop is relatively flat. The entire trail has spectacular scenery....going from ferns and rainforest-esque greenery to gorgeous coastal views. We did it the weekend before Christmas, and the weather was nice with few crowds. I would definitely recommend this loop!

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Diana Arce
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Backpacking

Great trail!

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Randy Wilhelm
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Backpacking

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.

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Amanda Knudsen
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Backpacking
First to Review

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!!!

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Luiz Gonzalez
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Ryan Gregory
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Riza Khan
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Luc Kordas
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Laura Lo
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Anna Grigorieva
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Allie Cardoso
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Alejandra Ramirez
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Destiney Sunshine
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Neil Mukherje
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Masha Vlad
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