Valley, Woodward, Coast, Sky, Meadow Loop Trail

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Phillip Burton Wilderness Area

Valley, Woodward, Coast, Sky, Meadow Loop Trail is a 22.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olema, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 22.7 km Elevation Gain: 558 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers




no dogs

off trail
washed out
3 months ago

Beautiful coastline and if possible find access to less traveled spots to discover the hidden tide pools full of beautiful-treasures. The way back can be tricky, so carefully map out your return back so you don’t end up walking on roadside. Start early so you have more coast and tide pools too.

over grown
Sat May 04 2019

Meadow trail was very gradual and forgiving for an early climb in the trail. Sky trail was very relaxed and had great views of meadows and redwoods. Baldy Trail was overgrown with stinging nettle and poison oak. Don’t wear shorts on if you intend to go that route.

Thu Apr 04 2019

Nicely varied trail, starting and ending in woodland and a long middle section along the coast. This is one of the longer loops from the visitor center without needing to backtrack, so it's a nice full day. The meadow and valley trails are great for wildlife, try to hit them early or late in the day for best viewing chances. The section on Bear Valley trail is busy and kind of boring, consider an alternative for that part.

Mon May 29 2017

Nice hike, exposed more than I like. Pretty easy, only challenging part for me was climbing the rocky hill towards the end.

Wed Feb 01 2017

14 mile hike with only moderate incline/decline for a third of the trail. Starts off on a fire road along a stream surrounded by ferns, then follows along coastal cliffs with two opportunities to go down to the beach (one has a waterfall), then climbs 1000 ft or so giving great views of Bodega Bay before dropping back down to Bear Valley trail 0.8 miles from the end of the hike.

Sun Mar 18 2018