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Point Reyes: Mt. Wittenberg - Sky Loop

This 10.5 mile hike takes a steep route up to Inverness Ridge (1300’ elevation gain) and then follows the ridge through forest to a bluff overlooking the ocean. We’ll walk along the coast to Arch Rock, and then return through buckeyes and mixed Douglas forest along Coast Creek. It’s about 60% shaded; wear layers, the weather is variable near the coast.

Getting there (from Bay Area): 

• From 101 in Marin County, take San Anselmo / Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit (450B)

• Follow Sir Francis Drake west approximately 22 miles — passing through San Anselmo, Fairfax and Samuel P. Taylor State Park — until it intersects with Highway 1 at Olema. 

• Turn right on Highway 1 and proceed north about 100 yards

• Take first left, at Bear Valley Road, and head west about 1/2 mile 

• Turn left past red barn and proceed up left fork of the driveway to “Visitor Center Headquarters”. There is a restroom and water fountain here. 

If coming from North Bay, you may want to take Point Reyes-Petaluma Road through Point Reyes Station. Consult a map for more details.

Planned route:  Mt. Wittenberg Trail > Sky Trail > Coastal Trail > Bear Valley Trail

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  • Deborah

    We took a different loop than planned, connecting to Bear Valley Trail via Old Pine, decreasing our distance to about 7 miles. I loved seeing the trees in the mist and enjoyed the quiet that the fog brings.

    August 9, 2014

  • Jill M.

    Two of us are coming.

    July 31, 2014

    • Deborah

      OK, I added one guest for you.

      July 31, 2014

    • Jean B.

      Hello: Nice hike today. Its fun meeting new people. Thank you.

      August 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation- Just had a friend pop in from out of town.

    August 8, 2014

  • Linda B

    Too much for me , length & steep ascent. Hope to join you on an under 5 mile hike soon. Enjoy!

    August 3, 2014

    • Deborah

      This hike is longer than most for this group. Our hikes are usually in the 6-8 mile range, with an occasional 5-miler.

      1 · August 4, 2014

  • Randy

    Sorry I can't make this one. Hope there are future, shorter hikes. Have fun.

    August 1, 2014

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