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Coast Trail to Wildcat Camp is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bolinas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 1,771 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Over grown

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. A beautiful hike along the coastal bluffs to the serene Wildcat camp Take the Coastal trail for the entirety of the Hike. Return via the way you came.

Parking available at the end of Mesa Rd.

By Mail Point Reyes National Seashore 1 Bear Valley Rd. Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 By Phone Visitor Information 415-464-5100 x2 663-8522 x2 (local toll-free from 663- or 669- prefix in 415 area code) Backcountry Camping 415-663-8054 Headquarters 415-464-5100 x1 Volunteer Information 415-464-5145 Education Programs 415-464-5139 Special Use Permits 415-464-5111

Point Reyes is located approximately 30 miles (50 km) north of San Francisco on Highway 1 along the west coast of California (see Maps). Travelers may approach the park from the winding scenic Highway 1, either northbound or southbound. Visitors can also reach the park via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or the Point Reyes/Petaluma Road. Public transportation to the Bear Valley Visitor Center from San Rafael along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is available through the West Marin Stagecoach.

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Samkit P.
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Hiking
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Juan Chavez
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Hiking

The Parkinglot was still closed and the hike to the trail was 2.5 miles which made the hike a lot longer than it really was! The app also kept turning off on me and there were other issues but the hike is so worth it! There was also a short cut right after the first lake. If you look down you will find an arrow to the falls and saves you a lot of time but does require some climbing.

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Cerena Lewis
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Tyler Scott
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Hiking

Very beautiful hike. Like everyone, had to park 2.5 away. Wasn’t bad the elevation wasn’t bad either. When you get near the 7/8 mile mark look on your left for a hole in some bushes with some green spray paint on the ground. That’s the short cut to the water fall take that.

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Brynnan Green
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Word to the wise: be sure you know how to identify poison oak, wear long pants, wear good shoes, and know the tides. Be prepared for a 2.5 mile approach right now based on road closure to the trailhead. Falls aren’t super active right now but still really beautiful. The shortcut is much more well maintained than the Park Service’s recommended trail. We went the long route and had a few run ins with ticks. That being said, there are lots of ripe berries (thimbleberries, blackberries) along the trail, especially along the long route section.

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Mindy Aagaard
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Hiking

Windy day but stunning weather. Beautiful hike even if you don’t make it down the shale rock face to the beach.

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Melina Nascimento
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G. Jane Woo
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Eunice Figuera
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Dina Hood
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Hiking

Lovely, easy hike with spectacular views

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Jinyeong Lee
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Hiking

It is a beautiful area. But we couldn't see the waterfall cause of water came over the trail. We should start earlier than 12pm. But it is still gorgeous! I wanna make sure to come again.

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Rick L
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Hiking

Great trail, high grades and views are worth the trek. Went early morning about 7 and got back around 1 with stops for pictures and brunch. Didn't go all the way for the loop due to high wind and wanted to get back before the crowds. Was a little crowded on the way back but it was just me and nature in the morning, saw lots of birds, lizards, bunnies and a snake.

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Brandon Brady
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Hiking

Beautiful and diverse scenery. Ocean/mountains/lakes/waterfall (if you add Alhamere). Some rocky spots (careful if jogging) and some nearly overgrown spots where poison oak is trying to getcha. Great trail to jog or visit w friends.

Brooke Stanley
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Beautiful trail, lots of wildlife. Definitely gets pretty steep in some places, but well worth it. As others have said, the trail is bit overgrown in some areas, so wear long pants

Marinella S.
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I think it's a great hike other then so much poo and pee on the trail. some areas are overgrown and some is clean. Definatly needs a mark where the trail goes to the falls. Bypassed otherwise.

Joe Keophet
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Pictures will do this hike no justice so many different views in so many areas of the hike.. we hiked to sky camp which was awesome camped out on the cliff overlooking the ocean words can’t describe.. hike itself was pretty rough very steep in certain parts but so worth it I’d scale it from moderate to hard.. but on the way back was much easier, definitely recommend and will do again!

Erin P.
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This was a beautiful and challenging hike! I would give it 5 stars except as you get closer to Wildcat campground past the falls, the trail is quite overgrown. There were lots of stinging nettles/weeds so make sure to wear long pants!! (Lesson learned the hard way...). Highly recommend doing the ocean lake loop there is a beautiful spot with a bench to rest and take in the spectacular views!

Alexa Hughes
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Hiking

Palomarin trailhead to Glen Camp

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Jeffrey Jones
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Hiking

Awesome views of the ocean! At parking lot by 8:30 AM only a handful of vehicles.

Mike Heller
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Backpacking

My friends and I did this hike this week. It was amazing. Got it done in about 2.5 hours (1 way) not pushing it too hard.

Steph Durkacz
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Backpacking

Was difficult as a beginning backpacker but awesome ocean views. Hiked to Wildcat camp. Would be a very nice day hike. Trail was crowded during the mid day with other people going to the falls. Elevation change was tough at times with a pack. Very buggy, got eaten up by bugs on the trail.

Guillaume Peronnet
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Very nice hike but very crowded. We went back hiking on the beach to the fall. The climb back to the trail at the fall is a little be tricky.

Annelies Jansen
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amazing hike, start early to avoid the crowds

Ryan Rogers
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Hiking

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.

Roberto Alonzo
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Hiking

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

Libby McClelland
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Backpacking

Did this trail as a part of a backpacking trip including some of the other camps. Beautiful views along the coast with a wonderful campground. Gets more and more crowded the closer to the trailhead you are.

Genaro Paran
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Hiking

Great place to hike! I enjoyed the water falls at the end of the trail. You have to be there really early to beat the crowd.

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