Muddy Hollow Loop 7.5 miles-Pt Reyes (Exploratory Hike)

  • 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.

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  • Big Z.

    Fun spot. Good hike. Thanks, Donna.

    March 10, 2014

  • Donna

    It was a great day for a hike, weather was nice and enjoyed meeting and hiking with you all.

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donna: Thanks a bunch for such a great hike at Point Reyes. Great weather, great folks and terrific views. Couldn't have been better.

    March 9, 2014

  • Tanja D.

    It was great meeting everyone! Thank you for being patient with us. We had a great time :)

    March 9, 2014

  • Amy B.

    Such a fun hike! Enjoyed it greatly! Thank you Donna for leading!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • chris

    Saturdays are better for me I am already busy on Sundays

    March 8, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Change of plans for me.

    March 8, 2014

  • Tanja D.

    We are planning to meet you at the trail head tomorrow!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Donna

    Just a heads up...don't forget to set clocks ahead tonight!

    March 8, 2014

  • Holly T.

    Hello, I'm now unable to make tomorrow :/ but have fun everyone and I will look forward to another time.

    March 8, 2014

  • Amy B.

    I am really excited about this coastal hike! I will be meeting up at the Flying J.

    March 8, 2014

  • Kim B.

    I will meet everyone at Flying J. See you in the morning.

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be waiting at the Flying J at 8:00am. I have hiked several trails at Point Reyes and love that place. Great views and nice hikes. See you Sunday morning.

    March 7, 2014

    • Donna

      Great Bob, see you tomorrow.

      March 8, 2014

  • Holly T.

    Hi Donna,

    March 7, 2014

    • Donna

      Good morning Holly. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow.

      March 8, 2014

  • Denise

    Hi :)
    curious if this will be rescheduled due to rain?

    March 4, 2014

    • Donna

      Hi Denise, I'm watching the weather and spoke with park ranger yesterday. She said the trail won't be a problem (no slogging through mud) but it is all open to rain/wind. I'm still game but will decide Saturday am if it's a go.

      1 · March 6, 2014

    • Denise

      Great! Thank you Donna!

      March 6, 2014

  • Michelle R.

    Hi I will follow the lead driver but will meet everyone at Flying J at 8. Looking forward to it !

    March 3, 2014

  • Big Z.

    I will meet the group at the trailhead. Looking forward to it. I did an overnighter in Pt Reyes area about a year ago - it was terrific.

    March 1, 2014

  • Joanna W.

    Hi Donna, I would love to do this hike but will wait to sign up till I am sure I don't have a dog sitting obligation.

    March 1, 2014

    • Donna

      Ok Joanna, hope to see you.

      March 1, 2014

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