March 9, 2014 · 7:45 AM
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Let's celebrate the return of Daylight Savings and take a hike!
The Muddy Hollow Loop is routed through coastal hills and beautiful views of the coast will be seen on the second half of this hike. My hiking guide says this is one of the best places in California to see wild iris in bloom and also the exotic fallow deer, which look like half moose and half elk, often pure white with strange antlers. Elk have also been transplanted here and have formed a new herd.
I have done a portion of this trail but not the complete loop.
Distance: 7.5 miles
Elevation Change: Rolling hills, from 250' to 500"
Difficulty: Moderate due to distance.
Restrooms: No restrooms at trailhead but we will stop at Bear Valley Visitors Center prior to continuing to trailhead.
Fees: No parking fees but be sure to bring $4/hour for your carpool driver (approx. 4-5 hours or $16-$20)
What to bring:
Be prepared for cool and changeable weather. dress in layers.
Bring the essentials (plenty of water, lunch/snacks, comfortable shoes/boots, trekking poles if you use them, etc. and $$ for your driver if carpool) We could stop for early dinner if people are interested.
We will leave Flying J at 8am and should be at Trailhead by 10:30am (mapquest says its two hours if you don't get lost)after stopping at the Visitor Center for restrooms.
Trailhead: From Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore, drive on Bear Valley Road til you come to Limantour Road. Turn left and drive approx. 6 miles (you will pass Bayview parking area and then be on the lookout for Muddy Hollow parking on your right. If you come to the beach, you have missed it. Please let me know if you plan to meet us at trailhead so we can look for you.