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!
on the road CA-180E
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)
15 miles, 2,700′ gain
broad, gravel, plenty of horses
near fir top
from stewart trail, first view towards wildcat camp. it felt like the mile markers were off, its a long way to wildcat from here
Old Out and Almea saved this day teip for me
looking east feom greenpicker before stewart junction
zoom for horses
lots of horses start at five brooks