Jepson Trail via Shell Beach Trail

EASY 2 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
1325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

beach

forest

wildlife

hiking
3 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
3 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.