Olema Valley to Bolema to Coast Trail to Greenpicker!! It's a HIKE!! 15 miles

We are headed out for a little something different! We are leaving the well beaten trails behind and are headed into the "quiet" area of Pt. Reyes! We probably see more people on horses than on foot!

This hike is a 15 mile hike that makes a moderately steep climb (total hike climb: 2500 feet) through dense forest up Inverness Ridge that sometimes oddly enough is so lush it almost seems tropical! We will have some dramatic views along the coast as we make our way down to Wildcat beach for lunch. Then continue back to the trailhead by climbing back up to the ridge and back down to the parking lot. We've done this area before but not this route!!

A Pt. Reyes trailmap can be found at:

http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_trailssouth.pdf

and this is our route if you like to look at where we will be going:

Start on Oleama Valley
Right on Bolema
Right on Ridge Trail
Left on Ridge Trail (direction Alamea Trail)
Left on Alamea Trial
Left on Out Old Road
Right on Coast Trail
Down to Wildcat Beach for lunch 
Continue on Coast Trail
Left (continue Coast Trail)
Right on Coast / Glen Spur South
Left on Glen Camp Loop
Right on Green Picker Trail
Left on Stewart Trail to Five Brooks Trail Head

It will be a BLAST!! I'm rating it strenuous...mostly due to the distance. Plan for a full day!

Directions:

From Olema go south on Hwy 1 for 3.5 miles to the Five Brooks trailhead.

Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the three locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 7:45

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:10

 

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

As always:

  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments or cancellations. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are a fast hiker, you will be asked to periodically wait for the group. If you are finding that you are lagging behind, you will be asked to focus your energy on keeping up the best you can ...forgoing picture taking, dancing and scat identification. We also move along as soon as all lagging members are in close visual sight. Please make sure this is something you will enjoy!
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head or car pool meeting spot so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we leave. It would be disappointing to miss due to late arrival. We leave the car pool sites on time and we START hiking at the starting time!!!
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Facilities: at the trail head and at Wildcat Beach
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring a lunch. We are having lunch at the beach

See you on the trail!

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  • Brenda P.

    Very, very awesome hike. Thanks Yannick for getting us out there before the rain!

    June 23, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Hopefully I will see you at the next one.

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Yannick. Another great hike. I'll be back to Pt. Reyes soon.

    June 24, 2013

  • Dese'

    "I'll be back :) sens the backpack...

    June 24, 2013

  • Christopher

    It was the BEST!

    June 24, 2013

  • Yannick

    There are consequences for being soo nice and complementary in your comments:

    I’ve schedule this hike again for Saturday, July 20, 2013. I had fun leading this hike on Saturday!
    Great pictures too!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Fantastic day. This hike had everything. Thanks Yannick!

    June 23, 2013

  • Renee (.

    Yannick, Gold star! Wonderful location, great views, nice pace. I can't get enough of Point Reyes.

    June 23, 2013

  • Amy H.

    This is my official favorite Wanderers Hike. I enjoyed it because it was very challenging, and very small amount of time spent on fire roads.

    June 23, 2013

  • Philip T.

    I think this is my favorite

    June 23, 2013

    • Amy H.

      I agree, this is my favorite too.

      June 23, 2013

  • Dese'

    Awesome adventure with a growing list of good buddies.

    June 22, 2013

  • Chris

    Thanks Wanderers! Interesting trails, lots of awesome terrain packed with gorgeous views. Green and Blue EVERYWHERE!!! Outstanding company throughout the day. Thank you Yannick. Nicely done!

    June 22, 2013

  • Jerry

    Good workout--weather was perfect!

    June 22, 2013

  • patrick k.

    Spectacular day. Thanks for everything Yannick!

    June 22, 2013

  • susette

    It would have been a 10 but Yannick MADE us eat lunch with a million dollar view of the Pacific Ocean! Sheesh! Fantastic day, wonderful Wanderer companions and beautiful trails. What more could you want?! : )

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at Coddingtown tomorrow for carpool. I can drive or someone else. Trying to be there around 7:20-7:30. Please let me know if you plan on taking me up on it--Chris? Anyone else?

    June 21, 2013

    • Dese'

      @ Michele... Chef Tony here - WF open at 7 Saturdays -

      June 22, 2013

    • michele

      Thanks for the info on WF - will get my lunch and coffee there! See you soon!

      June 22, 2013

  • Callie

    too much to get done - can't be away all day.

    June 22, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Petaluma carpool

    June 11, 2013

    • Brenda P.

      I will be at Petaluma carpool with my guest

      June 20, 2013

    • susette

      Petaluma carpool

      June 21, 2013

  • Dese'

    @ Shauna - thank you.

    June 21, 2013

  • Chris

    Coddingtown carpool

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok doky.....Coddingtown ....I really do not want to drive out alone, so please someone come with me...I can drive...

    June 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris, I'm going on a shorter hike tomorrow, so hopefully, there will be others driving from Coddingtown

      June 21, 2013

    • Chris

      Barbara, thank you, I got your message about you're going on the shorter hike tomrrow. I'll get there, no worries. Have a wanderful hike tomorrow :)

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going on shorter hike tomorrow .....another time yannick.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all

    June 20, 2013

  • Jerry

    I will be at the Petaluma carpool location.

    June 17, 2013

  • Maya

    Is this an out and back hike?

    June 16, 2013

    • Yannick

      It"s a loop hike. We will take different trails to get back to our cars.

      June 17, 2013

    • Amy H.

      As long as it is hard and challenging and beautiful that is what matters!

      June 19, 2013

  • Francesca R.

    Turns out I've got family coming to town so have to skip. Bummer. Have fun.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to carpool with someone from the east bay

    June 14, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Hi Madelene-I live in Benicia. Would you like to meet-up??? Let me know where you'd like to meet - Bart??? I can drive if you'd like and if not, will pay for gas!!

      June 17, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    have to work catch y'all some other time have a good hike

    June 16, 2013

  • Jill

    Wow, I really wish I could do this one - looks great

    June 16, 2013

  • Francesca R.

    Michelle, I can carpool from Petaluma.

    June 14, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Coddingtown carpool

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yea Yannick, another hefty hike, I'm in! Looking forward to it.

    June 11, 2013

  • Amy H.

    thank you for doing this on a Saturday! I love this hike and quite often have to do it alone due to schedule conflicts but this time I get to enjoy it with others. I am totally excited!

    June 11, 2013

  • Christopher

    Awesome place to hike!

    June 11, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Thank you! this is my favorite hike!

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to more good conversations while enjoying the best hikes ever!

    June 11, 2013

  • Philip T.

    enjoyed yesterday, looking forward to it again

    June 11, 2013

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