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Bear Valley Trail To Coastal Trail

MODERATE 391 reviews

Bear Valley Trail To Coastal Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until July.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 734 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

Bear Creek trail and Coastal trail combined. The trail is well marked and easily navigated. The trail is heavily used and has many alternative routes. It can be damp and muddy in the winter. Great for mountain biking. Relatively flat. Well marked trails with trail heads and milage on signs. Busy on the weekend. Light during the week. Pack a lunch and water. Please note: The Trail to Arch Rock is currently closed.

Nice morning 5 mi hike, 2h w 30 lb pack. Last 1.5 mi gradual uphill

A beautiful morning for a hike with no crowds. Really enjoyed the ripe air, rich greenery and pleasant petrichor formed by the mist of the heavy fog which canvased the forest. A raincoat was needed. Very soulful and refreshing hike even if shortened because of time constraints. Always a favorite hike rain or shine!

Beautiful day to hike today. The meadow trail bridge is almost complete and will open up tomorrow.

Amazing, almost all flat with small incline decline. Beach is incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike is very flat but long. The trail near the end is hard to find since it is not clearly marked. There is no view during the long flat hike, only at the end. The hike took about 2.5 hours round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day to hike! Foggy and cool. Lots of beautiful lupine along the trail. Meadow trail closed from September 3-13 due to a new bridge over the stream.

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

Today I left this trail and went off on meadow trail to sky trail, then looped back to Bear Valley Trail and wow was I pleasantly surprised! Sky trail felt and looked almost like a tropical forest in some parts. Absolutely stunning trail. Wear long pants. Lots of poison oak!

Another great hike! We enjoy this hike even if we’ve done it many times! It never gets boring. So beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! Seen a family of Quails.. Lots of shade on most of the hike.. totally recommend

It was an amazing hike with lots of shade. It’s a slow incline and leads to the Kelham Beach Trail which leads to stairs and the ocean.

Great day for hiking! Trail is well maintained and easy for all levels.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

we hiked into Glen Camp and were hoping to catch a glimpse of the ocean with the 2 hours we had left before dinner. we were successful! Our turn around point on Coastal marks a nice break in the trees with gorgeous view of the ocean

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

nicely paved and wide for the most part. mostly shady. nice stream along the path. steady incline is barely noticeable. the last part of this trail was a bit overgrown and path was narrow but not bad with long pants. the destination is rewarding. have a picnic right on the cliffs!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning views today with the fog cover.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

3 months ago

There’s much to see and do in and around the Bear Valley Visitor Center before the hike. The Bear Valley Trail begins at the Visitor Center & ranks as one of the most popular trails in Point Reyes NS. It gently climbs up one shady valley & descends down another to the coast. Beautiful streams run beside the trail. Hikers break out into sunshine at the coast. The trail to Arch Rock is permanently closed but scenic Kelham Beach with its waterfall is the perfect alternative. For a video & information visit hikingthegoldenstate.com.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail to walk, absolutely beautiful and great surroundings. Trees provide shade while area has ocean breezes to cool down. 2 things that were a tiny bit of a let down were 1st horse poop all over the place and second the coastal part of trail is fully overgrown and you have to take your chances. But a beautiful and amazing hike and totally worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful well groomed trail for most of the time. Gorgeous coast view, but no beach access.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

This was a nice trail to visit on a June day with a high of 70° The first 4 miles had plenty of shade in the morning and getting out to the Coast Trail and back took about 3.5 hours. Sadly, I did not make it to the sweeping ocean views because the “left fork” at Coast Trail (the one to Stewart Trail and Wildcat Camp) were so overgrown that it felt like I was going through a jungle... and I was nervous about poison oak or ivy. There was a bathroom about 1.6 miles from the trailhead and the path was relatively flat with some points of gradual incline/decline. Also, watch your step for droppings of horses and other animals.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail for easy hiking, not much elevation but after 10 miles your glad it was mostly flat. We really enjoyed this hike!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
4 months ago

I love this trail. I’ve done it several times.

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