Bolinas Ridge Trail

Olema, California

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This hike takes you up gently rolling open terrain along a dirt ranch road where cattle graze unfazed by dogs or bikes. Seeing the endless undulation of rich green pastures interrupted by oak groves surrounded by pristine views, you’ll quickly understand why California cows are called “happy cows.” This is an easily accessed trail in a geologically remarkable region of coastal Northern California. With the exception of three beaches, dogs are not allowed on the trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Fortunately the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has a remote finger of land called the Bolinas Ridge that reaches north to the Olema Valley and parallels the forested ridge of the Point Reyes National Seashore where you and your dog can enjoy a romp in this unique and accessible pocket of Northern California.
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by Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This hike takes you up gently rolling open terrain along a dirt ranch road where cattle graze unfazed by dogs or bikes. Seeing the endless undulation of rich green pastures interrupted by oak groves surrounded by pristine views, you’ll quickly understand why California cows are called “happy cows.” This is an easily accessed trail in a geologically remarkable region of coastal Northern California.

With the exception of three beaches, dogs are not allowed on the trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Fortunately the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has a remote finger of land called the Bolinas Ridge that reaches north to the Olema Valley and parallels the forested ridge of the Point Reyes National Seashore where you and your dog can enjoy a romp in this unique and accessible pocket of Northern California.

© 2014 Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Olema
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 349 feet
Top Elevation: 780 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Bldg. 201, San Francisco, 94123; (415)561-4700; www.nps.gov/goga
Local Maps: USGS Inverness, San Geronimo; National Park Service Point Reyes National Seashore
Driving Directions: Directions to Bolinas Ridge Trail

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