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The Point Reyes Coast Trail
Point Reyes National Seashore, California

The Coast Trail starts at Coast Camp near Limantour and continues south past Arch Rock all the way to Wildcat Camp. That entire distance is through the Philip Burton Wilderness.

I have hiked this trail many times, both day hikes and overnight backpacks. North of Arch Rock it is an old ranch road, a wide smooth gravel path (no vehicles or even bicycles allowed), but south of Bear Valley it is a narrow foot path for a few miles. For its entire length it is right along the coast, on the terrace or bluffs.

One of the great multi-day hikes in California is the Point Reyes backpack loop. There are four camps: Coast, Sky, Glenn, and Wildcat. They can all be reached easily by starting from the nearest roadhead, and many people do this, just spending one night. But much better is to string them together and hike for several days entirely within the wilderness.


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Coast Trail north of Coast Camp

Coast Trail north of Coast Camp

The ranch road-type trail north of Coast Camp

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2010
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Beach at Coast Camp

Beach at Coast Camp

The beach opposite the creek mouth at Coast Camp

Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2010
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Above Sculptured Beach

Above Sculptured Beach

On the clifftops above Sculptured Beach south of Coast Camp

Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2010
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Directly over Arch Rock at the mouth of Bear Valley

Directly over Arch Rock at the mouth of Bear Valley


Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: June 6, 2005
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On the isthmus behind Arch Rock

On the isthmus behind Arch Rock


Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: June 6, 2005
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The narrow gully at Arch Rock

The narrow gully at Arch Rock


Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: June 6, 2005
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The collapsed ishtmus at Arch Rock

The collapsed ishtmus at Arch Rock

In March 2015 the famous rock arch at the end of the Bear Valley Trail suddenly collapsed, killing one person and injuring others. This view from the south shows the gap with well-worn trails on either side.

Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: September 11, 2015
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Miller Point south of Arch Rock

Miller Point south of Arch Rock

Miller Point south of Arch Rock

Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: September 25, 2008
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The view south from Miller Point to Double Point

The view south from Miller Point to Double Point

The view south from Miller Point to Double Point

Philip Burton Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: September 25, 2008
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