Point Reyes Natl Seashore (Bolinas Ridge Trail): 5-Mile Easy Hike for Dog Lovers
Voted by KQED as one of the three best trails in the Bay Area to walk your dog, the Bolinas Ridge Trail near Point Reyes offers a two- to 20-mile hike (out and back) with spectacular views of Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. Pick up the trail on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, just before you hit Olema, and head south until you’re tired, or hit the Bolinas-Fairfax Road, then turn around. After the hike, we will grab something to eat at Point Reyes Station at Tomales Bay Foods/Cowgirl Creamery: http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/pt-reyes-shop-creamery
BOLINAS RIDGE TRAIL (2 to 22 mi.)
The best trail in the area for walking a dog, with views of Olema Valley. On a sunny day or a moonlit night, enjoy the expansive feeling of this open space. If you choose to continue beyond the first few kilometers, you will enter the redwood forest and eventually the chaparral. Turn around and retrace your steps whenever you are ready. You may hike with your dog on this trail. Dogs must be leashed at all times. (See our Pets (http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/pets.htm) page for more information.) The Bolinas Ridge Trailhead is east of Olema on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about 5 minutes driving time from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Directions from San Francisco
From San Francisco, go north on U.S. Highway 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Follow U.S. 101 about 9 miles (14 km) north of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo exit, exit 450B.
Make sure you are in the lane for San Anselmo (the second lane from the right) and exit onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard heading west.
Follow Sir Francis Drake west approximately 21 miles (33 km)—passing through San Anselmo, Fairfax and Samuel P. Taylor State Park—until it intersects with Highway 1 at Olema. Then find a way to legally turn around and set your odometer to zero at the intersection of Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Blvd and drive appoximately 1 mile.