Point Reyes National Seashore Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews

Point Reyes National Seashore Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately 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
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1584 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

Wear pants and long sleeves because you’ll walk through tall grass for an hour. Beautiful trail with wildflowers.

26 days ago

Ticks. I’d not do the second half starting Woodward trail. It was all tall grasses and scrubs. Tons of caterpillars and ticks along that trails for almost two hours. I got bit by a wood tick I think. Hopefully no disease transmission. No rash or fever so far t+12. The first half was beautiful. That’s the only part I would recommend.

4 months ago

Awesome hike ... marsh land, beach trek, hills with views of the ocean and forest. Back side of trail culminates with a half mile walk along the road/parking lot.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike... terrain changes, fresh sea air, a tree swing. I really enjoyed it!

5 months ago

Loved it. Had a little bit of everything (cloud forests, beaches, wildlife) and felt very mystical.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Definitely a challenge with the elevation changes. Fantastic views and you see a bit of everything from beach to forrest.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a pretty intense hike. We started from Muggy hollow trail heading toward the beach. Then we hiked up the mountain. Took us 7 hrs to complete. We ran into a mountain lion. If I do this hike again I will start Sky trail side and towards the beach. Be ready this is an intense hike.

11 months ago

Great trail. Not very hard.

11 months ago

Beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers.

11 months ago

Very beautiful, challenging when one is out of shape but had fun hiking with family and friends

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Another epic hike at Pt Reyes. You move through various ecosystems - rain forest to beach. One of the most beautiful hikes in Bay Area.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

If you click directions on this trail, google maps leads you to muddy hollow trail, which does not lead you to Alamear Falls. Still a beautiful area, but I'm disappointed that I didn't get to see the falls this time.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Did a slight variation of this hike. Lots of tall grass,weeds, and thorns at least up to your stomach throughout so recommend long pants. Very scenic and goes along the beach if you want to stop and have lunch.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

This was a good hike. My friend and i hiked 14.5 miles not the 12 miles. The hike to the waterfall is really nice. I would definitely go again.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice hike with some great view points. Saw some whales when walking on the beach. Don't forget to wear pants that you can roll up, there are few spots with a lot of poison ivy.

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

One of the my favorite hikes so far! The bear valley trail is great if you want access to the beach. It took about an hour and a half to get to the beach and it was a pretty easy hike on the way there. I took a different trail hike back which was a bit more challenging but well worth it! Beware of poison ivy and be prepared.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It was a foggy day, but the beach view was beautiful.

camping
Monday, October 26, 2015

First backpacking trip - EVER! It was great weather, and a lovely hike. We took the Palomarin trail to WildCat Camp. Set up our tents, and then walked along the beach to Alamere Falls. We didn't see much as far as wild life.. foxes and some deer. The facilities at camp was fine, but we had no water. Was able to purify some water from a local creek. Of course, it got a little cold at night, but we loved it.

camping
Friday, July 10, 2015

Completed. There was amazing wildlife to view.

horseback riding
Friday, October 03, 2014

Roads on horseback, Bear Valley> Baldy>Ridge>Meadow>B. Valley, Rift> Stewarts and back to Bear Valley via Rift. Nice long ride took our time..

hiking
Thursday, June 12, 2014

A very special place all the trails are good.

hiking
Friday, March 08, 2013

Wow. We saw 3 bobcats, one each day, on our 2 night backpacking trip. The first day we watched a bobcat hunting for about 30 minutes. It was fascinating. He finally caught some sort of rodent and wandered out of view. Amazing. The coastal cliffs are very memorable, sky camp rocked our socks off. This is such a special part of California. A must see for everybody.

camping
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

We backpacked here over New Years. It was beautiful! What a perfect winter destination when the snow is on the mountains. Point Reyes is absolutely one of the most beautiful places in California! The coast line is rugged and green and the views of the ocean and Drake's Bay are breath taking. We spent a lot of time sitting and taking in the views.
The hike in and out from Bear Valley Visitor Center to either of the two southern camps was very crowded, but as soon as we turned off of the Bear Valley trail, we had near-solitude. The trails undulate a lot: up and over coastal hill after coastal hill which means the views are always changing. Parts of the trail are through bright tall forests with oaks, parts go through pines, and parts go through denser woods with lots of underbrush. There are many, many kinds of ferns and moss and mushrooms everywhere. Parts of the trail are on coastal grassland. Some parts of the trail are shared with cyclists, some with horses and some with ranger trucks.
We got same-day permits at the visitor center; there were very few permits available with limited options. The people in line behind us did not get a permit for a coastal site and there is very little reason to backpack here if you are not going to stay at one of the two coastal sites. As it was, we had to stay our second night in Glen Camp. While the night at Glen Camp was convenient for breaking up the hike out, Glen is a very dark and cold camp in the winter. I imagine it is lovely in the summer, but there it has little to offer in the winter: no short excursions out, no vistas, shadows that remain over some parts of it all day. We did, however, hear bobcats at night and had some lovely neighbors.
But, the night we spent in Wildcat camp was amazing! The beach, the walk to Alamere Falls (a not-to-miss site!) the views, the bluffs, the shorebirds, the clouds, the deer, a bobcat (!) it was superlative. And we also had some lovely neighbors there.

hiking
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beautiful area! Pretty easy but no crowds, the scenery is amazing.

hiking
Friday, October 05, 2012

On the day of my hike, the Tule Elk were in abundance. Docents were stationed in a few keys areas with binoculars and talking with hikers. It was a great day with mild weather. The inclines are not difficult even for a beginner level hiker. A great 4 hour hike!

hiking
Thursday, April 05, 2012

The only reason I don't give this a 5-star rating is that it's usually pretty crowded and the backpacking campsites are difficult to reserve sometimes, especially near the shore. Other than that though, this place is spectacular. Strenuous hills, amazing views, varied terrain: rocky cliffs, sandy beach, scrub brush, forest, you name it. I've done two trips here, staying at Sky Camp and Glenn Camp, taking various paths from the Bear Valley Visitor Center, over the ridge, down to the coastal trails, and then back. The coast trail from Arch Rock leading up towards Glenn Camp is very steep and long, my wife was cursing at me during the ascent. Alamere Falls is definitely worth a visit. You can access it by walking along the beach from Wildcat Camp (but check the tides so you don't get stuck along the cliffs with nowhere to go), or by a small path off of the Coast Trail. There's a rope to help with the last part of the climb down to the beach. Bass Lake is a good spot to have lunch or a snack.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WOODWARD VALLEY LOOP (approx. 21 km / 13 mi.)
This trail includes beautiful forest and spectacular coastal hiking. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, climbing either Mt. Wittenberg or Meadow Trail to Sky Trail. Continue to Woodward Valley, one of the lushest, greenest trails in the park. Follow this all the way down to Coast Trail where you'll enjoy open ocean views as you head south to Arch Rock. Beach access is marked along your way at both Sculptured Beach and Kelham Beach. Both are beautiful and remote beaches. From Arch Rock, follow Bear Valley Trail, a gentle grade through beautiful buckeyes, oaks, and Douglas firs, back to the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2011

There are tons of places to hike here. Estero Point trail is a fairly easy and scenic route. If you're feeling like a challenge try going Bucklins to Muddy Hollow to Drakes View and finally back on Inverness Ridge. all these trail are in the north shore maps.

If you need hiking info or help figuring out a good hike for your party head first to the Bear Valley Center and grab maps and talk to the rangers. Also grab some fresh oysters on your way out. Light house is great too. You can come here 50 times and not discover everything this place has to offer.

camping
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nice way to get out in the bay aera for the weekend. We started down at the visitors center and hiked in to one of the beach campsites. Campfires are aloud on the beach. Made for a great weekend.

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