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Pt Reyes Arch Rock Loop Hike

  • Jun 30, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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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.

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!

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  • thomas c.

    The weather was perfect for this hike. The trail was well worn and easy to moderate level of difficulty.

    July 2, 2012

  • Christine

    Great day, great trail, great fun people. I would do this again.

    July 1, 2012

  • Jackie F

    Beautiful hike with a wonderful group of people. Looking forward to our next adventure!

    July 1, 2012

  • Russell

    The people make the day, It was a great day because of all of you. Thank you!

    July 1, 2012

  • Russell

    Wish you all could make it for those who could not, have fun at whatever you are doing! Don, sounds like you are doing good and necessary work being a good dad, see you when you can make it next.

    June 29, 2012

  • Don

    Still tending to my daughter after surgery so can't do this one.
    Next time Russell.

    June 29, 2012

  • Russell

    Sorry Mike, dogs are not allowed by Pt Reyes Nat Seashore on any of the trails. They are pretty much limited to a couple of beaches and Bolinas Ridge Trail in Golden Gate Nat. Rec Area.

    June 24, 2012

  • mike c

    Ask are dogs welcome

    June 24, 2012

  • Russell

    Postponing this hike untill Saturday June 30.

    June 14, 2012

  • James M.

    I'll be out of town baby sitting. Darn

    June 13, 2012

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