Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Point Reyes Station with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail has it all: a beautiful beach, mountain views (elevation gain) and plenty of wildlife. An excellent workout with perfect temperatures. Just be aware of poison oak in different parts of the many trails that comprise it (wear long pants).

Rewarding hike with beautiful coastal vistas and the beauty of Alamere Falls waiting for you at the end. Trails are well maintained and well marked with a nice mix of shade and sun. Make sure to grab a trail map and follow it carefully. We got distracted and missed a turn that added an extra mile and a half and a strenuous climb on the Coast Trail to an already long hike. Beautiful coastal views on that little side trip though. Alamere Falls was enjoyable, if not a little crowded. Felt a bit like Disneyland with the line of tourists taking selfies there. Restrooms and water available at Wildcat Camp. Great hike !

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.

I did the reverse of this loop as someone suggested, and it was great. A few miles up to Sky Camp with a good climb. Spent one night at campsite 6 which I would recommend as it is one with shade (several didn’t have any). Then down to Coast Trail and up and back on Bear Valley Trail for 12 miles on day 2. Lots of wildlife. Varied terrain. Some dampness with the coastal fog to the point of seeming like rain in the denser parts of the trail. The campsite has water and bathrooms so this trip was a good shakedown of recently acquired gear. No cell coverage from the trailhead.

On a Thursday morning not many people after the cutoff at the bike rack. It was easy to navigate down to the beach and the falls if you keep following the signs to the wildcat campground, but hiking back out you can take the wrong trail if not careful .(I did) but well worth the extra few miles than taking the bear valley trail all the way to the ocean.
Definitely too difficult and rough for a stroller lots of ups and down the whole way.

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

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2 months ago

Great trail!

Excellent trail. Beautiful lush green scenery the entire distance. Glen Camp provides peace and serenity deep in the woods. Bathrooms and drinkable water are available at the campground. Highly recommended for a head clearing reconnection with the outdoors.

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.

3 months ago

beautiful and perfect for a day!

Amazing trek. Challenging to get to the falls and back in one day but well worth the effort. Gorgeous views and standing in Alamere Falls at the halfway mark (if you are doing a day hike) and feeling the cool fresh water and mist is a good break for your hike back. Would love to camp at Wildcat next time and explore other trails in the area.

nice spot to head to the coast. I'd love to camp here!

perfect length for a morning hike. We took the coast trail way, and at the beach went down to the water to hike that
.5 Mile portion with the rich sound of waves. brought our lunch to eat at the camp picnic table, and use the outhouse conveniently located before the last 2 miles back up fire trail to Laguna trail parking lot.

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.

Nice trail with a walk-in campground two miles from the parking lot. That’s close enough to pack in all the eats and drinks, set up camp, consume all the heavy stuff (beer, bbq, etc.), then be back to a normal load by morning, ready to hike on.

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7 months ago

I love Point Reyes been backpacking it since the late 60's, the food storgae boxes will not keep out rats or mice store your food in a bear canister or Rat Sack inside the food storage boxes ..... trust me on this.

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

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

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9 months ago

Great hike views are excellent. Hike in is a little steep for the first 2 miles but mostly flat after that. Campsites were clean and flat areas to pitch your tent.

Great opportunity for a long day hike or broken up into a two-day backpacking trip. Horses, coyotes, California condors, tons of little furry friends, and the possibility of seeing Tule elk and whales off the coast!

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

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.

My husband and I did this trail 9/23/15 and went down to the falls. Left the visitor center and 9am and returned at the lot at 7pm. Saw a deer on the way. We were the only ones on the trail till we got closer to the camp site. We had a great time except we wore the wrong shoes!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

beautiful!

Great trail. Not very hard.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amazing first time backpacking trip! We checked in at Bear Valley Visitor Center around 10 am. We started our hike from the visitor center on Bear Valley Trail and immediately took the Mt. Wittenberg Trail. This part of the trail is pretty steep and was the most difficult part for us. At the top you will reach Mt. Wittenberg at 1407ft. It was foggy when we arrived but still beautiful! We continued on Mt. Wittenberg trail to Woodward Valley 2.0. Would definitely recommend it was a little challenging but mostly you are ascending down in elevation. We then took the Coast Trail to Coast Camp. Amazing views!!!! We stayed at Coast Camp in site #6 which was perfect. We couldn't see or hear our neighbors really at all. All of the sites #1-7 seemed pretty nice. They also have some group camp sites but they aren't as private. You can walk from the coast camp sites on a short trail to the beach. Huge Beach with beautiful sand and not too many people around.

On our second day we decided to take an easier route that would be mostly flat ground. We hopped on the Coast Trail and headed to Sculptured Beach. The trail isn't maintained very well to get down to the beach, but once you do it is incredible! Huge rock formations and if you get there at low tide you can even walk through some of the tide pools and stone archways. After Sculptured beach we headed back along the coast trail back to Bear Valley Trail. The coastal trail can get hot you are in the sun the whole time. The trail is fairly flat and on a clear day you will have great views of the blue ocean for most of the trail. The Bear Valley Trail is a very flat, wide trail. It is also a bicycle trail route. There is a lot of shade and easy walking which was great for our last leg of the trip. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone who is getting started with backpacking, we had an amazing trip!!!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

One of the best backpacking getaways in the Bay Area. Offers gorgeous views all throughout the trail and ferns galore! I ended up showing up the day of at Point Reyes station and luckily reserved campsite 5 at glen campground. Very secluded and beautiful to say the least.

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