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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 20, 2020
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Chilled and beautiful trail. Sunset beach is small but special and a lovely spot to have a swim before the hike out. Quite exposed after the first mile with wonderful views of the inlet, not much elevation change and tonnes of wildlife. Loved it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 19, 2020
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Rick Lindwall reviewed Johnstone Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking

This trail actually opened on the 9th. Very nice time for the whole family. lots of poison oak so be cautious.

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Jeremy Dunck reviewed Estero Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 16, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020

Started from Perth Way & went clockwise. Steep uphill leg there is mostly exposed, but thereafter there is a fair amount of shade. A fair stretch from the recommended trailhead is overgrown (although always clearly discernable), and with poison oak (so long pants advised). Great view from Point Reyes Hill, so do make that little side jaunt that is in the recommended route.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
HikingNo shade
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Karl Fischer reviewed Johnstone Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

not bad quiet in the morning bit busy in the afternoon

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Lucy Lucy Wilson reviewed Tomales Bay Ridge Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

Very overgrown for about half a mile each side of the trailhead but the rest was easily passable.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
Hiking

It’s definitely steeper than I expected. I went counter clockwise and the last bit of uphill is tough with loose gravel and it’s pretty exposed so it gets hot. May come back after I’m in better shape, but wouldn’t recommend for those just beginning.

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Megha Suswaram reviewed Drakes View Loop [CLOSED]
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Alexis Redmond reviewed Drakes View Loop [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 18, 2020
HikingOver grown
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 12, 2020
Hiking

Shaded trail. Packed dirt and narrow. Rather steep in some areas, so I held my 4 year old’s hand in case she tripped but otherwise unchallenging Beach is okay. Great for sand castles or kayaking.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2020
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A well maintained narrow shaded trail. I'd suggest returning by Johnstone Trail and Pebble Beach rather than a simple out-and-back. (I'd also have continued onto Hearts Desire & Indian Beaches had I not had a time constraint.) I did this early on a weekday morning and didn't encounter another person on the trail until I had returned to Shell Beach and was on the access path back to the parking area. It was a little buggy for the first mile or so early in the morning ... but by the time I returned the sun had heated it up enough that it was fine.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 21, 2020
HikingClosed

Wide trail that was noticeably recently cleared by a mower - little bench at the highest point to offer views out to the ocean. Sadly the trail to make the short loop from muddy hollow trail back towards the inlets was overgrown/blocked so we ended up with an out and back. Not my favorite in Point Reyes, but never a bad day either! *edit: did not look closely enough before we were out of service to see that the connecting trail - Estero - is marked private/closed. So that was a bummer! Rest of the trail was open however. No problems with parking.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 16, 2020
Hiking

Nice trail with varied habitat. Note that as of June 15, the trail is overgrown for almost the entire loop. We found several ticks on both us at the end of the hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 4, 2020
HikingBugsOver grownScramble

Long, humid, overgrown, single track, steep up and steeper down, then up again at the end... 4.8 miles seemed like 6.0 ... Better to take Bay View, the longer way, go out about a mile or mile 1/2, then come back! Sooo much better! Too overgrown for many views, and I was too tired to care

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 1, 2020
Hiking

Started at end of Perth in Inverness. Went counter-clockwise to get the incline out of the way first and was glad I did. Lovely views of the bay in several areas, and beautiful pine forests throughout. The trail did get kinda narrow in places but it was not overgrown - extremely passable. Most of the trail was nice and wide. Good amount of incline but not super steep on the way up or down, which I appreciated.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 27, 2020
Hiking

Most of the trail is shaded and narrow. Not many pretty views 2 miles in. There are two beaches in the beginning that are small and a nice place to sit and enjoy.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 28, 2019
HikingMuddyOver grown

Nice loop that can be started from the end of Perth Way in Inverness, which shortens the drive to get there. Parking is very limited though. Recommended counter clockwise to climb the steeper part first. Nice views on Tomales Bay, good path. Unfortunately no ocean views, and the trail on the south part of the loop gets very narrow. A bit overgrown in some parts, but seemed to have been cleared recently (as of December 2019), so pretty well maintained. Overall a pretty good hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 22, 2019
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Tom Ady reviewed Drakes View Loop [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 31, 2019
Hiking

Awesome trail with great views! A tad over grown, but I think that’s adds to the allure. Wear long pants!

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Tunde Akinniranye reviewed Johnstone Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 30, 2019
Hiking

Nothing of note, but the secluded pebble beach isn’t half bad

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 29, 2019
Hiking

I’d call this a medium difficulty, as there are a few steeper parts with slippery pine needles & overgrowth. That said: I love it & will be back.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 20, 2019
HikingOver grown

Good views and great solitude, and very very lush. I would not recommend this trail if it rained recently or if it's shorts weather, because several miles of it involve walking through waist-high grass with occasional nettles that'll scratch your legs or, if it rained, soak your pants

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Virginia Hamlin reviewed Johnstone Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 16, 2019
HikingOver grown

I started on the Johnstone trail at Hearts Desire and took it all the way to Shell Beach. On the return trip, I took the Johnstone trail to Jepson trail back to Hearts Desire. Between Hearts Desire beach and the fire road, I found the trail to be overgrown in spots. I kept going. The beaches at 8:30 am were empty. Lots of shade on the trail. No very steep parts. One part of the trail was unmarked: an unmarked fork about a mile before Shell Beach. Stay left. Shell Beach was worth it. Very beautiful and not too crowded when I first arrived. Many children began to arrive for swim lessons around noon. Jepson trail on the way back seemed to be better maintained. Saw some chipmunks/squirrels. Lots of flowers.

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Yug Muppala reviewed Drakes View Loop [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 7, 2019
HikingOver grown

I would suggest avoiding this hike. The trail is very narrow for the most part with plants leaping onto the trail. Some of those plants also looked like poison oak and poison ivy, yikes!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 24, 2019
HikingOver grown
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The description of this trail isn’t super accurate - much of the trail isn’t well maintained and we had to fight our way through a lot of brush and growth. I was wearing shorts and would absolutely recommend pants for this trail. Also most of it was in direct sunlight without many forested areas (I’ve done some other beautiful trails in the same location). Overall the scenery was nice and it would be a really nice hike if the trail was a bit more clear. Would definitely advise that this isn’t in a forest setting and is more of an open field/plain. I wouldn’t recommend bringing kids or dogs because of the brush.

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