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Laguna Trail and Coast Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Laguna Trail and Coast Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 501 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Take the Coast trail to the Coast Camp Trail. Enjoy stunning vistas along the way. Beginning in a grassy meadow, this trail climbs to the top of a low ridge. The climb is sometimes a narrow trail, with worn paths at different levels. Watch your footing as you proceed up the trail. As you get to the top of the ridge, the trail flattens out, and leads you through a few fields and meadows full of tall grasses. Keep an eye out for rabbits, coyotes, deer, and raccoons. The trail then starts to head downhill, toward the ocean. You can see Coast Camp straight ahead during the descent, it is tucked behind the ridge next to the ocean. There is water and toilets available at Coast Camp, useful to hit before turning around to head home via the Laguna Trail.

Parking along Limantour Spit Rd.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Point Reyes is located approximately 35 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1 along the west coast of California. Travelers may approach the park from the winding scenic Highway 1, either northbound or southbound. You can also reach the park via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or Point Reyes/Petaluma Road Enter the seashore at Olema, near the Bear Valley Visitor's Center. Turn left on Limantour Road. Head up over the ridge, and back down toward the ocean, then turn left at the Point Reyes Hostel sign. Follow the driveway all the way back to the trailhead.

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Maggie Hanlon
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Hiking

More than 1/2 the loop is a gravel road. Scenery is okay, not too busy, and everyone was wearing masks. We hung out at the beach for a little while, which was nice

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Tim S
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Hiking

Easy 6 mile hike. We walking along the beach which was really nice. The overlook is a little hard to find. We started walking towards the beach and then up from the big tree.

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jade thomas
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Hiking

Awesome trail

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Valerie Sher
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Hiking

hot hot sunny hot

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Briana Wharton
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Hiking

Great trail! We hiked clockwise which I liked because it was downhill and then the fire trail was a gradual slope on the way back. Hiking next to the ocean and beach access was amazing! Not too many people. It was chilly and foggy at the start, clearer skies at the beach, and warm breeze on the way back. Definitely bring a jacket!

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Virginia Hamlin
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I would give it 4 and a half stars, if that were possible. My only wish is that there might be a bench or 2 along the Coast Trail facing the ocean. I hiked this trail starting at the Laguna trailhead. It starts with a steady uphill which got my legs stretched out, then leveled out. I saw birds, quail, and rabbits. Lots of spiderwebs, which looked pretty cool since it was lightly raining when I headed out. Just watch where you're going so you don't eat any. Be sure to stop at Coast Camp to use the vault toilet. Very clean. Then head down to the beach. I saw several groups of people but they kept their distance. I took the Coast Trail back. Right before it veers away from the ocean, there is a trail to Limantour Beach. I headed down there for a snack break, then continued back to the hostel area. Coast Trail is a nice wide, mostly flat trail. Wear sunscreen.

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Aubrey Schwieger
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Hiking

Gorgeous costal scenery and really not all that challenging! Only rated as moderate for the length. We went early morning and stayed in a beautiful fog for the entire hike. Highly recommend! :)

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Eric Valentine
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Hiking

East trail, gorgeous views at certain points and great weather, you could nap on the beach with a breeze, so peaceful.

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Lamar V
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Hiking

Easy breezy. Awesome beach

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Erica Woll
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HikingOver grown

Some parts of the trail are single file and have quite a bit of prickly berry bushes so pants are advised. Quite sunny for most of the loop. If you travel clockwise on the map the way back is on an un-paved road that is easy to distance on. Stop at the halfway point (Limantour beach) for a snack and a view! Not quite 6 miles, closer to 5.

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Charles Mackey
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Sarah S
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Grace Gardner
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Nature trips

Only went down Laguna to the beach and back. Would love to come back for a full loop. Preferably when it’s a little overcast or foggy. Might have been brutal in the sun

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Eli Davidson
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Hiking

Overal good trail but on a dirt fire road road for about half the time. Sharing trail with horses is another negative. But it is flat, plenty of flora and fauna, and gets you to the beach.

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Trey Easter
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Hiking

Nice easy hike with great views of the coast. Parked at the Laguna trailhead which is right near the Hostel. The Laguna trail portion of this loop was very nice. Once you get to the coastal trail portion you can very easily make your way down to the beach. Highly recommend doing that. The last half of the Coastal trail isn’t anything exciting. That’s really the main reason it’s 3/5 stars. Would recommend for a nice day trip. Approx time without stopping at the beach 2 hours.

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Madhuri Gupta
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Hiking

Pretty easy after initial ascent. Can stop at the beach midway. Not the most scenic trail otherwise but you do get ocean views in the first half . Good walk for a Sunday afternoon in good weather .

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Jake Castro
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Hiking

My opinion there isn’t a trail in point Reyes that’s anything less than 5*. The entire area is gorgeous. Has waterfalls, campsites and trails along the coast. This particular area starting from Laguna parking lot can link you into the light house trail and also down to sculpture beach within 2 miles, which is just an amazing place to walk and relax at. From sculpture beach you can link into more coastal trails and head over to Alamere falls but that’s a long walk back to Laguna. Either way this a good starting point if you want to see the light house and then hang out on the beach for the day with a short walk. Recommend starting at 8am so you can catch all the sea life close to shore. We saw whales for at least 2 hours. It was a low tide day!

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Nicholas Foraker
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Hiking

Great hike. Use only the coast trail if you don’t want hills

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Taylor Marlais
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Hiking

Great trail! It’s light traffic with amazing views. It wasn’t too difficult at all. Plus, it did help that we went on a clear sky day.

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Rohit Menezes
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Hiking

Easy mostly flat trail with nice beach views

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julia vyborny
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Hiking

the start of this hike on laguna trail is beautiful. once you arrive at the ocean, you walk along it about a mile. then you return via a gravel vehicle road. that last section was lame. might consider turning around and returning via laguna instead.

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Kimie Pellizzaro
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Hiking

Trail was easy to follow and is well maintained. Note that there is one restroom only, on the campsite right before reaching the beach.

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John Butchko
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Matthew Willerick
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HikingNo shade

great overnight trip to coast camp with my 8 y/o daughter. perfect distance for her and was a great trip with the beach so close. easy to follow trail and an option to bike there if you just do the curved part of the trail.

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Kevin Dooley
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Chris Giaras
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HikingNo shade

Nice beach, average trail. We went counter clockwise starting on Coastal Trail (fire road) which was pretty lame. It got better toward the coast as there was some tree coverage. Plenty of nice beach here though which is the reason I would return, not the hike.

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Alex Sherby
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Hiking

Amazing trail for first time backpackers. Bring your own firewood.

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Marcus Moore
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This is a great little loop, especially for a quick hike-in camping experience. Parking lot to camp via Laguna Trail is about 2 miles, so little-ish kids can handle it. Camping permits for Coast Camp sell out fast. Coast Camp gets you close to the beach, but it's sheltered fairly will from the wind (which can be howling on Point Reyes) by a large hill on the seaward side. Secure your food, and watch out for aggressive raccoons!!

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Janice Rodriguez
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HikingRocky

This trail felt like a hidden gem. The beach at the end is worth the hike.

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