The Hike: Pt Reyes Arch Rock Loop. Wittenburg Trail to Sky Trail to Arch Rock. Return on Bear Valley Trail.
This is a beautiful loop of about 11 miles covering the best of the varied landscape in Pt-Reyes. It also offers cool breeze and mild weather regardless of heat further inland. This loop stars out at the visitors center, quickly diverts from the main trail and heads up the trail less traveled. This trail (Mt Wittenberg Tr.) creates the only moderate challenge by climbing 1000+ ft in 2 miles. Luckily, shade is provided for the ascent by old growth Doug Fir, Redwoods, and Bay.
Near the top, the forest parts and you are greeted by sweeping views with the ocean in the distance. From the peak we take Sky Trail, slowly descending upon the ocean through a mix of shade and open views.
The top of Arch Rock provides a great spot to sit and absorb the views.
If it is warm, we can collect ourselves under the shade and cool of the arch itself while sinking bare feet in the sand or creek.
After a break, Bear Valley Trail provides a relaxing easy way back to the visitor’s center where forest cover again provides welcomed shade.
When: 9:30 AM, Saturday, June 30, 2012
Where: Pt Reyes Visitor Center. http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/directions.htm
Meeting Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center, Pt Reyes National Seashore. Trail Head - end of parking lot.
Meeting Location Parking: No Fee. Lots of parking.
I will be swinging through both the following locations and leaving at times provided if anyone wants to carpool from there.
Rohnert Park -Park and Ride, Rohnert Park expressway and 101 S "Rohnert Park Expressway/Hwy. 101. Within southbound on-ramp area South of bridge." -leave at 8:00am.
Petaluma Park Park and Ride,Lakeville St and 101 S - leave at 8:15am.
Trail-head depart Time: We should be on the trail shortly after 9:30am.
While you are ultimately responsible for your own comfort and safety, I suggest:
Bring plenty of water! This hike could get warm.
Bring layered clothing. It could be hot or it could be cold and windy.
Wear sturdy shoes/boots.
Bring plenty of food.
Don’t attempt the hike unless you are confident it is a reasonable hike for you.
I also request that you
Are courteous and respectful of others.
Bring a positive attitude and open mind.
Take responsibility for yourself.
Come ready for a good day.
Hope to see you there!