Mount Wittenberg, Sky, Woodward Valley, Coast, Bear Valley Trail is a 12.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

5 months ago

Beautiful trail with a variety of views. Hiked this in early May at 10 am and saw very few people until our last couple miles. Sculptured Beach was a stunning side trip - succulents, flowers, shells and white sand. I’d avoid Bear Valley trail if I did it again - more like an access road as it’s wide, flat and filled with more people.

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10 months ago

This was a solid hike, even with the conditions. The rain was on and off through the day, but never too heavy. Bring lots of water, snacks, and maybe a meal. We stopped for lunch above Kelham Beach on some large fallen branches from the tree just before the bridge. The final slow incline on Bear Valley can wear on you after the rest of the trail, so don't let it fool you. Was definitely glad to get the Wittenberg climb out of the way first. It was real foggy early in the morning, so we couldn't see much from the top with the overgrowth and the clouds. The trail didn't have much traffic at all and was really quiet. The mud wasn't bad at all even after the heavy rain from the night before. Would definitely do it again sometime.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Beautiful trail. Many wild flowers in bloom and the trail was maintained. It was a bit wet and a few muddy spots when we went but still absolutely worth it.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Decent trail with nice views near the ocean side of trail but some parts of it not very dramatic or interesting. Not too crowded when I did it Memorial Day Weekend but the parking lot next to visitors center is pretty crowded.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

I've done this loop once and very much plan to do it again before the summer is over. The most challenging part was the trek up Mt. Witt. The rest flew by with all the beautiful scenery to keep your mind off the miles.

Stop at Kelham Beach along the way, eat a snack, and relax before making your journey back inland. A great hike.

backpacking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amazing first time backpacking trip! We checked in at Bear Valley Visitor Center around 10 am. We started our hike from the visitor center on Bear Valley Trail and immediately took the Mt. Wittenberg Trail. This part of the trail is pretty steep and was the most difficult part for us. At the top you will reach Mt. Wittenberg at 1407ft. It was foggy when we arrived but still beautiful! We continued on Mt. Wittenberg trail to Woodward Valley 2.0. Would definitely recommend it was a little challenging but mostly you are ascending down in elevation. We then took the Coast Trail to Coast Camp. Amazing views!!!! We stayed at Coast Camp in site #6 which was perfect. We couldn't see or hear our neighbors really at all. All of the sites #1-7 seemed pretty nice. They also have some group camp sites but they aren't as private. You can walk from the coast camp sites on a short trail to the beach. Huge Beach with beautiful sand and not too many people around.

On our second day we decided to take an easier route that would be mostly flat ground. We hopped on the Coast Trail and headed to Sculptured Beach. The trail isn't maintained very well to get down to the beach, but once you do it is incredible! Huge rock formations and if you get there at low tide you can even walk through some of the tide pools and stone archways. After Sculptured beach we headed back along the coast trail back to Bear Valley Trail. The coastal trail can get hot you are in the sun the whole time. The trail is fairly flat and on a clear day you will have great views of the blue ocean for most of the trail. The Bear Valley Trail is a very flat, wide trail. It is also a bicycle trail route. There is a lot of shade and easy walking which was great for our last leg of the trip. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone who is getting started with backpacking, we had an amazing trip!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

one of my favorite trails in the Bay area. gorgeous wildflowers, nice forest and then ocean views

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The hike was nice and not too hard. The view on top (or lack there of) was very anticlimactic and thus disappointing.

Pt Reyes is not dog friendly as generally no dogs are allowed except for a couple beach trails and the parking lot. Be sure to check the website before bringing your pawed pals!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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