Laguna Trail and Coast Trail Loop

MODERATE 177 reviews

Laguna Trail and Coast Trail Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
25 days ago

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.

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

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

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.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Exposed pretty much the whole way, so great on an overcast day like when we went. Difficulty is “Easy” but likely rated moderate due to length. Our 9 and 11 year old did fine. Beach access at about halfway point which is a great place to stop for a break.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

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!!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Moderate trail. Great for having a meal or rest at the beach. Trails are well marked.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Good time, would do again but not alone

hiking
5 months ago

Great, low stress, quick one night trip. Coast Camp is great with potable water and standing bathrooms. Point Reyes coast is beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

As a conduit to get to the beach it is fine, but save a brief bit with an ocean view it is pretty hum ho- about 5 mi.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Nice easy hike, combines two trails into one loop that starts near the Point Reyes Hostel and hugs the coastline. Pretty muddy on the Laguna Trail portion right now and be careful of large amounts of poison oak just off the trail.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

This loop was okay. I went clockwise. The Laguna Trail section was pretty, but flooded in a lot of sections. One area I had to detour off into the bushes to get around the flooding. Once I got to the Coast Trail, it was a nice view of the ocean, but very windy as usual. The trail was a fire road for the last 2/3 of the loop. Pretty boring overall. There are a ton of trails in West Marin I recommend before this one.

8 months ago

The first part of the trail down to the coat was single track and super fun. Once you get to the coast, you're on a fire trail. There's lots of beach access and the beaches look amazing, though we didn't have time to stop. When the very well groomed fire trail heads inland it becomes a lot less interesting. More like being on a country road than a trail which is why I rated only 3 stars.

hiking
10 months ago

The beach is amazing but I was somewhat disappointed by the trail itself. Very easy and convenient access though.

hiking
10 months ago

Was an easy hike, and good with kids as there is only one real incline. Took us less than 2 1/2 hours incl. a couple short breaks. The beach is a great place to stop for a break or lunch.

Monday, February 12, 2018

nice spot to head to the coast. I'd love to camp here!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

perfect length for a morning hike. We took the coast trail way, and at the beach went down to the water to hike that .5 Mile portion with the rich sound of waves. brought our lunch to eat at the camp picnic table, and use the outhouse conveniently located before the last 2 miles back up fire trail to Laguna trail parking lot.

hiking
Monday, January 15, 2018

Nice trail with a walk-in campground two miles from the parking lot. That’s close enough to pack in all the eats and drinks, set up camp, consume all the heavy stuff (beer, bbq, etc.), then be back to a normal load by morning, ready to hike on.

backpacking
Monday, January 01, 2018

I love Point Reyes been backpacking it since the late 60's, the food storgae boxes will not keep out rats or mice store your food in a bear canister or Rat Sack inside the food storage boxes ..... trust me on this.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

beautiful!

Friday, June 09, 2017

it is beautiful, easy, and peaceful. the trail is easy to follow and the coastal section offers views of the cliffs and 10 mile beaches. My only complaint is that the 1.7 miles back along the gravel path is not as interesting as the first 3 miles. would walk the path again, but turn around and go back up the other way once the path turns from the coast.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Great hike. Hike at beginning than a walk for the rest of the trail.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

We enjoyed stopping on the beach halfway through the hike. We saw two deer right off the path to the beach.

camping
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stayed overnight at coast camp (note - you need to reserve online). It was foggy and there was overcast and a light breeze during our stay. Definitely check the weather before heading to the trail. We took laguna trail and expect a slight ascent at the beginning and on your way back to the trailhead.

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful views and pretty flat trail. it was sunny but there was a nice breeze from the ocean winds. Had a fantastic time!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

it was very pleasant with a little strenuous on Laguna trail. The course gravel on the Coast Trail was not comfortable to walk on. Do not try to walk along Beach for awhile and then get back on the trail. You can go to the beach, but plan to take the same way back to the trail.

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