Point Reyes Extended Loop

HARD 5 reviews

Point Reyes Extended Loop is a 28.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
28.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,747 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

no dogs

A ~30 mile loop touring much of Point Reyes, with nearly 15 miles just along its beautiful coastline. Gets a little crowded around the Alamere Falls, but most of the trip is very lightly trafficked. Beautiful views of the ocean from from beach level and from 1200 feet of elevation.

hiking
16 days ago

All of the camps have potable water and are well spaced. I carried a water filter but did not need to use it.

Lake Ranch Trail is very overgrown but easily passable. No issues with ticks despite the high grass. Other trails are all very well maintained and appear to have been cut back recently.

This was a really enjoyable walk, lots of variety and overall not too difficult. Primarily shaded just the short beachfront section has little.

I went anti-clockwise to try and get down the water with reasonably early morning light. Additionally it’s always nice not to be stuck with a heavy uphill right at the end. I’d swap the short jaunt to the lake for a walk down to Alamere Falls. It’s worth a quick look but expect it to be busy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Everything promised! If I were to go again, I would bring more water resistant gear, not because of rain but because of high wet brush.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beautiful way to see the full coast line, hills, and lakes of the area.

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
5 months ago