Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Mt Wittenberg and Sky Camp will give you some nice climbing and amazing vistas. Bear Valley is a nice 4-mile amble back to the visitors center.

Sky Trail is a nice mix of sun and shade. Bear Valley is basically all shade.

Couldn't find a marked trail down to Arch Rock, so I'm wishing I would've accounted for that and built a loop with Kelham in it.

Heads up: plenty of poison oak on sky 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.

love this combination of trails - challenging, beautiful.

Awesome loop, especially if you op for meadow trail. Has a nice ascend

Incredible changing scenery. Go clockwise for fewer inclines.

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!

Hike was great. Sky trail is really narrow with lots of poison oak though. Make sure to wear good hiking pants.

backpacking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

backpacking
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.

Great for a guy to get away and decompress for a night or two.

hiking
Monday, September 28, 2015

I hiked this loop on 9/26/201, starting on the Bear Valley Trail and all the way to the coast (4.5 miles). I did not say Bear Valley to Arch Rock because the spur trail to Arch Rock was closed "indefinitely" due to the rock slide that killed a hiker in May of 2015. The Bear Valley trail is mostly shaded and the first 3 miles are in fact a wide forest road.

I then followed the Coast Trail North, stopping first at Kelham Beach (snack) and then at Sculpture Beach (Lunch). Both beaches were deserted when I go to them. After a while (20/30mn) a few people got there too...but nothing resembling a crowd. Kelham is much bigger than Sculpture and therefore can accommodate more parties w/o feeling like Ocean Beach or Stinson Beach. The Coast Trail section is mostly exposed (think cap, sunscreen and sun glasses....).

After about 3 miles on the Coast Trail, I took the Woodard Valley Trail which goes up and up and up (affording sweeping views of the point Reyes seashore) until it reaches the Sky Trail. That section is fully exposed for the first half and then enters a forested area that offers refreshing shade on a hot day.
The trail is often quite narrow (which thick vegetation on both sides) and there was a bit of traffic, including horseback riders. The rest of the trail, all the way back to the parking lot offers good shade.

There are several options to drop down from the Sky Trail back to the Bear Valley trail on the way back: Baldy, Old Pine, Meadow, Mt Whitttenberg... I decided to go as far North East at possible, which meant continuing on Z-Ranch trail and coming back down on the Horse Trail. I finally returned back to the parking lot via the Morgan (Ranch) Trail that borders the horse facility (Morgan Ranch). All said, just a bit over 16 miles.

A lot of walking for a day, but the Coast Trail portion, the beaches and the views climbing up the Woodard Valley trail are really worth the effort.

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