Point Reyes – Five Brooks Trailhead – Olema Valley, Texiera, Ridge, Bolinas (intended)

There is a downed tree and some sketchy “don’t hike here” obstructions on Texeira Trail  that made me turn around and do an out and back.

This was a weird one. About 6 miles in I came to a downed tree blocking the entire trail; scramble through bramble and get around and then encounter logs and branches pulled across the path a very regular intervals. The kind you see trying to block an unofficial trail. 

They start at least 3/4 of a mile from the next junction to the west. That’s unusual. NPS would not have done that. 

Started thinking maybe it’s local hikers or equestrians pissed at mountain bikers, but realized there aren’t connecting bike trails.

After a while, I got spooked, thinking maybe there’s an illegal grow operation in the area (plenty of water near by, harvest time in 1-2 months), haven’t passed anyone in 2.5 hours … So, I turned around an went back the way I came. 

In 4.5 hours, 2 equestrians on Olema Valley trail at 8 miles, a few others near trail head. Very remote feel.

 

5.2 miles from TH to Texiera

  

begins a little overgrown. toull be glad you wore long pants for this trail

  

old road bed. coimb starts 1/2 mile in after bridge.

  

begining is largely lush, was wet at 10:30am this morning

  

as the trail closes in those wet grasses start brushing against you

  

first meadow

  

a bit rainforrest-y

  

fog still rolling in around 11:30 am

  

sandy soil, no one around

  
    
    

trail starts to fade away

  

glad i wore the gaiters as i was getting quite wet

  

olema valley trail features several segments of hiking through tall grasses mixed with wooded climbs

  

these pretty orchid-like flowers caught my eye

  
  

this is the trail. it is easy to stay in it, but it doesnt appear that way at first glance

  
    

water crossing was easy in early July

    

    

    
    

fallen tree blocking Texiera

   

Taylor Mountain – Petaluma Hill Rd. Trailhead – 7/4

Quick morning hike before the July 4th festivities. Third time since opening day. The new Red Tail trail to the existing Western route makes for a fast entry to Taylor Mountain, especially if you are coming from the South.

Having worked many volunteer days helping to build this, I’m especially happy to see how popular it is already.  

worked several days heping the Sonoma County Trails Council build this new trail. More trails coming to Taylor Park, ~15 miles of new trails in the master plan IIRC

   

Quick climb and you’re looking down to the valley in < 5 mins

  

a lot of rock work was fone by hand on this trail mostly unseen — as it should be, right?

  

it’s about 1/2 mile from the TH to the Western Route. turning right loops down to the far end of the parking lot.

  

like the beginignof the Western Route (from Kawana Springs TH), this trail is largley shaded by oaks

  

a rock drain that i did a lot of work on 3-4 feet deep, moved most if the larger rocks you see by hand usimg a canvas sling and 3-4 people

  

long stretch of a very difficult section to build.

  

cattle gate. cows have always liked this section, they’re very used to hikers, move on by quietly and they are not bother

I’m

 

 

cows, Mount St. Helena in the distance

  

i take a picture of this tree each time i pass

  

making a right onto western going uphill

  

the ranch road on the right goes right up the face. skip it, its too steep and not meant for hiking. take the switchbacks that cross it instead. you’ll get to the top about the same time and get some extra steps in

    

view of Mt St Helena

  

on my way down, i passed this Dad and Son heading up a bit of trail I helped build😀

 

Point Reyes – Bear Valley Trailhead – horse, sky, coastal, bear valley trail loop

14 mile loop. Moderate. Horse trail is a pleasant ascent, less steep than the others options from upper BVT.
 

access horse trail by going right before the main BVT trail head, after the barns there is a singed junction and turn left

  

  

horse trail is a moderate upsloped trail with 80% cover and some nice views to the east

  

Nicassio resevoir to the east

  

200′ foot tree above this. roots popped through the rock and exposed the strata

  

Sky Trail, first look at damage form the Vision Fire (20 years ago)

  

Vision Fire recovery

  

Sky Trail east of Old Pine the teail starts to get a bit over grown

  

Sky Trail was quite overgrown in some place farthe east

  

approaching the coastal decscent the fog was still coming through around 1:30pm

  

Ah, the majestic Pacific ocean. (view improves at lower elevation)

  

changes to coastal scrub

  

wacky tree

   

also wacky

 

first glimpse of the coast looking north-ish

  

about 1/2 hour to get down to coastal trail

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Point Reyes is a big place. I’m sort of in the middle looking towards the norther portion (light house would be beyond this view)

  

on coastal trail looking down at bear valley trail. the spur trail to arch rick is closed. there was a big collapse earlier this year and its closed indefinitely. take a right and go north west on Coastal trail instead. in a short while (0.5 mile?) you can go down to Kellhambeach

  

Bear Valley Trailis not my kind of trail but you kinda have to deal with if if you want to day trip in this section (unless your day trips are 20+ milers)

  

typical BVT view.

  

there arw plenty of pretty things on BVT, but it gets crowded and is basically a hravle road. fairly flat with one easy up/down over the divide meadow

  

aspens

  

pretty view somewhere in the final 2 miles to TH. 14+ miles in 4:15. 10:30am start. before BVT i passed maybe 12 people in 10 miles. Sky Traill, try it for the solitude.

 

Point Reyes – Mt. Wittenberg to Meadow

 Mt. Wittenberg isn’t really all that much steeper than Old Pine or Meadow (coming from BVT heading to Sky Tr.) it’s not as scenic as Old Pine and there really isn’t a view. Worth it to get the peak, but Old Pine is nicer and Horse trail is more moderate of an ascent.

you get a few glimpse back East toward Olema

  

near the top (first signed junction) there’s an unsigned trail to the west that short cuts Z Traill and comes out at Sky and Z trail. on a clear day, the view from here would be nice

  

Meadow

 

Point Reyes – Bear Valley TH – Middle Loop

Bear Valley Trail to old Pine Trail to Sky Trail to Meadow Trail return to trailhead. I was going to do the coastal Trail but I couldn’t bear the traffic on Bear Valley. Instead I did a Middle Loop.

view from TH looking east

Bear Valley Trail. The portion I did was a wide crushed gravel road and very crowded.

  

After two earlier chances to escape the main BVT, I had to take another option. after a few minites of quiet, overgrown single track I found myself more at home on the Old Pine Trail.

  

saw a few of these lovlies along the way. anyone know the name?

  

beautiful mist and a few sprinkles. amazing difference 40 mins west of home.

  

the filtered light was amazing. the humidity was fogging up my glasses pretty good though.

  

the old pines

  

pt reyes if worth the trip even when it’s fogged in

  

green , almost boggy

  

meadow trail’s meadow. soil completly different here 1/2 mile from old pine trail.