Jepson Trail via Shell Beach Trail

EASY 6 reviews
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Jepson Trail via Shell Beach Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Inverness, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and birding.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

beach

forest

wildlife

8 days ago

I would rate this as moderate, not easy, due to length and sections that get the heart rate going. There are sections that are overgrown. Glad I listened to a review stating to wear long pants.

21 days ago

Adjusted the trail to do jepson to the beach and to Johnston trail on the way back to the parking lot. Maybe 2.5-3 miles total. Perfect for a family day hike & beach. The water is perfect for kids swimming

21 days ago

Adjusted the trail to do jepson to the beach and to Johnston trail on the way back to the parking lot. Maybe 2.5-3 miles total. Perfect for a family day hike & beach. The water is perfect for kids swimming

trail running
1 month ago

perfect for trail running, it is well shaded and decently maintained. although, some areas have tall grass and tree branches, note to self for next time was to not wear shorts

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great trail for the casual hiker. About 95% of it is hard packed dirt with a layer of pine needles or leaves, which is easy in the joints and peaceful on the ears. The gain in elevation is managed by a grade that’s enough to let you feel like you’ve earned your lunch, but not so much you think you’ll lose your breakfast. That being said, I won’t do this one again. I hike primarily for the views and this trail is so heavily wooded that there really aren’t any. However, if you like that rain forest feel, complete with ferns and Spanish moss, this one is for you.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Downed trees make it a bit difficult to pass in a few spots, but mostly very well maintained. Started at 8 AM and saw maybe 3 other hikers the entire time. Beach is a nice payoff at the halfway point. I think I would reclassify as moderate, but still doable for most.