I now have come to understand that trails marked as bycicle routes are gravely roads–not very enticing hiking trails.
The route back is the winner here. If you had enough time to stretch this 10 miler into a beach afternoon before your return all the better. (Though if the beach is what your after, skip to the hostel or further and you’ll bypass hours of hiking and lots of incline on the way out.)
What next? Instead of this route, what about: Limantour > Sky > Woodward Valley Firelane > Sky. 9.5 miles and fire lane up-and-out will be quieter and more challenging then Woodward out(?).
Thabk you, park ranger at the visitor’s center, way to recommend a good hike without being prescriptive.
Excited to arrive Monday morning, I asked about hikes in the area I could do while the rest of the crew was en route. The ranger quickly steered me to a distance and elevation gain that took into consideration my just arriving at 7,000′ from basically sea level.
Drive up to lookout knocked 1k feet off and the hike still had a nice up-down-up of 600′ over 6+ miles of ridge-hike views.
Volunteers at the fire lookout were great. Should have taken more pictures!
15 miles and nearly 2,700′ gain. Stewart is a “bike” trail, which seems to mean a gravel road when in Point Reyes’ south district. This route is 6.7 miles to Wildcat Camp / the seashore. If you were camping at Glen Camp or Wildcat I’d recommend checking out Old Out Road and Almea. Heading to Alamere Falls? Stewart > Alamea > Old Out > Coast would be interesting but it’s ~6.5 out (4.2 out from Palomarin).
Tough to recommend as a day trip unless your trying to do all the routes. Makes sense if your camping in the area, otherwise … There’s a reason this one isn’t in the day trip books.
Good if you want to have a long hike without crowds (as long as you start early enough to get off Stewart).
What to do? Thinking that 5 brooks th > Stewart > greenpicker > almea > old out > coast > lake ranch > ridge > stewart (14.4) Or … lake ranch > bolema > olema valley a smidgen shorter)
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.