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Bear Valley to Sculptured Beach and Sky Camp

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Phillip Burton Wilderness Area

Bear Valley to Sculptured Beach and Sky Camp is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 15.1 mi Elevation gain 2,116 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

Waypoints (3)
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    Sculptured Beach

    A nice place to stop for a few minutes and have a bite and rest if the tide isn't too high. Picturesque carvings in the sandstone and the possibility of glimpsing a whale at sea.

    38.01008, -122.84451

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    Sky Camp

    38.03917, -122.82700

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    Top of Mt Wittenberg

    Because of the growth up here, this peak lacks the typical stunning views of many summits. Could be skipped unless you happen to be going by either Z Ranch or Mt Wittenberg trails already; in that case, the short side trip is worth it for the completionists among us.

    38.03954, -122.82204

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Reviews (16)
Photos (1505)
Recordings (10)
Completed (148)
Marco Vanetti
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Mountain biking

There is only a small part of the trail that allows bikes

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doctor s.
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Definitely recommend doing this the opposite way, with the large climb at the beginning it makes for a really enjoyable day. This hike has a little of everything. It’s not technical at all really, just long, but the views, the terrain, are all world class. The trail is getting overgrown at points so wear long pants and long sleeves, and once you get to the coast there can be a lot of sun and no shade. AMAZING TRAIL!

Terese Pearson
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Park of the coastal trail were very overgrown. Wear long pants to avoid poison oak. Especially if you go Sculpture Beach. That was VERY over grown. And soggy at the end. But the beach was worth the .5 mile detour.

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Bobby Trail Legs
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery, and a great hike. I started on the Bear valley trail, then branched onto the Mt. Wittenberg trail, to Z ranch trail, then the Horse trail onto the Sky camp trail, to Woodward valley trail to the Coast trail, and then finished back on the Bear valley trail for a 16 mile loop. I saw Deer, a jack rabbit, snakes, lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, many birds and flowers and a lot of beautiful trees. Walking along the coast and having ocean views was amazing. Sculpture beach is a really cool place for lunch! All in all it’s a great hike.

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Oliver D.
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I love this trail

Jeremy Schmitz
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Camping

I did the reverse of this loop as someone suggested, and it was great. A few miles up to Sky Camp with a good climb. Spent one night at campsite 6 which I would recommend as it is one with shade (several didn’t have any). Then down to Coast Trail and up and back on Bear Valley Trail for 12 miles on day 2. Lots of wildlife. Varied terrain. Some dampness with the coastal fog to the point of seeming like rain in the denser parts of the trail. The campsite has water and bathrooms so this trip was a good shakedown of recently acquired gear. No cell coverage from the trailhead.

Ray Mason
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Backpacking

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!

Marc Dal Poggetto
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Mountain biking
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Brian Spears
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Hiking
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Lynn Chancellor
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Hiking
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doctor s.
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Hiking
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Darrin Jones
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Hiking
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Mikala Pacifique
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Running
Christie Lange
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Hiking
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Jori Alva
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Hiking
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Patricia Glenn
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Hiking
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