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Muddy Hollow and Coastal Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Muddy Hollow and Coastal Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Inverness, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 203 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views 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. Explore Muddy Hollow all the way down the drainage to the Limantour Beach. Take the Muddy Hollow Trail. Please note that from March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of Drakes Estero, Double Point, & the western end of Limantour Spit to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season.

Parking Area off of Limantour Spit Rd.

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

Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center: Travel north on Bear Valley Road to Limantour Road. Turn left on Limantour Road and follow signs for the Point Reyes Hostel. Instead of turning left to the hostel, turn right and follow the signs to Muddy Hollow Trailhead. The trailhead is approximately 15 minutes from Bear Valley Visitor Center.

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Cyndi Spencer
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Novice/casual hiker, and we're looking to ramp up our milage. So we took the advice of Lori M. (below) and added some length. Hopefully this will provide tips for fellow non-pro hikers. :) We arrived at about 8am and the TH and it was EMPTY. The trail to the beach is mostly dense marsh/forest land and it's gorgeous. TONS of animal scat and very recent elk activity, probably just early that morning. The trail heads out to the beach and its under 2 miles. We followed the previous comments and headed down the beach a bit and then up through the big trees (it's the 3rd big tree if you turn left and head south on the beach). That takes you back up to the coast trail. I believe you could actually just stay on that trail when you hit the restrooms before the beach. But anyways.......... It was a super hot day and the coastal trail to the Fire/Laguna trails and then taking that Fire trail was a bit rough on an 80+ degree morning. Fire trail is a fairly steep incline up and then down with very little shade. As we got closer to the TH by the hostel, and as it got later in the morning, we passed a lot of folks. If you add this part on to the hike, you will have to go through the parking lot and down the road to get back to the Muddy Hollow TH. If we do this again, we'll do it in reverse and to the Fire trail to the Coastal trail to the beach and then catch the Muddy Hollow trail at the end of the day. The actual Muddy Hollow portion of the trail we did was flat, super easy, very shaded, and would be a great ending to the day. We left at noon and when we got back to the car, the lot was PACKED, and streams of cars were coming in. I HIGHLY suggest doing this trail early to get the best out of it.

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Rossi Snipper
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Muddy Hollow wasn't, and is quite pleasant, shady and intimate. Trail that parallels Lipantour Beach is overgrown and disappears .. so like others I abandoned it and went along the beach. And why wouldn't you? If you could follow the trail, you'd never see the beach ... it would always be just over the dune. Coastal Trail back is not shaded and a bit busier. I had the beach almost to myself at 9:30 am ... but people were heading there as I wended my way back.

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Ian MacDonald
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Heather Mewes
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Fantastic hike on a sunny winter day. Muddy conditions on trail but fine with the right gear. The beach trail is overgrown (I suspect many did what we did and continued onto the beach rather than try to take the trail). Very pleasant easy hike.

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Lo Har
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Easy hike with woods, beach and open rolling hills. The gravel road section was great in spite of our low expectations. We saw and heard an elk whistling in the marsh. We interacted with nature in a way we didn't expect. Phenomenal. Will do it again.

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Esther Thornton
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Easy, flat trail. The view at the beach is worth the hike.

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Lori M
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I did a variation of this trail as I wanted to make it a little longer. Started at the Muddy Hollow TH walked to the beach. Turned left and walked down the beach, exited beach at the big tree. Turned right on the Coastal Trail and continued straight. Took Fire trail/Laguna trail back to Muddy Hollow TH. Hike came in at 6.8 miles with 502 ft elevation. Today both trails had some muddy sections but you could mostly skirt around them. Enjoyed this loop with nice variation in terrain.

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Katy Drack
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Moderate and flat trail ends at a beach and great for a picnic. Beautiful scenery lots of tule elk and wildflowers! This is my favorite trail I’ve ever done!

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Milind Nigam
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Nice, easy hike with a pleasant walk along the beach. At some point you turn left off the beach and get to a gravel road that will take you back. The gravel road is not as nice to hike on so one may consider doing a point and back rather than the full loop. We had pleasant temperatures with nice ocean breezes that kept us cool.

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Todd Johnson
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Beautiful easy hike. Great too walk on the beach for a little over a mile. Not steep very gradual inclines.

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Lloyd Lasky
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We made it to the water in about 90 minutes. Nice short hike. Windy, but worth the walk on the beach.

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Noah Weiss
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Summer Copeland
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A J
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Tim Howarth
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Ardens Igne
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Greg Detwiler
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Igor Marunchak
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Cindy Twyman
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Jeff Croskey
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Alisha Laro
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Dillon Peter
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Riza Khan
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Dillon Peter
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Terry Griffin
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Ying Jia
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Richard Scandone
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John Wesley
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Arlo Jamrog
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