"Bolinas Ridge Trail is a long, point-to-point affair that spans the just more than 11-mile gap between Fairfax-Bolinas Road to the south and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the north. The ride described here is an out-and-back affair beginning at and returning to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. However, if you’re not up for a 23-mile mountain bike ride, you can do the trail in two halves, or perhaps have someone pick you up at one end, for a true point-to-point experience. Starting at the gate on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, you enter through a tight, serpentine pedestrian walkway designed to keep the cows in. The gate is relatively low, so most will have no problem hoisting their bikes over. Ride past the Bolinas Ridge Trailhead sign and go about" Read more
"Bolinas Ridge Trail provides commanding views of bald hills, wooded ridges, and expansive Tomales Bay as it escorts you past large coast live oak and eventually through Douglas fir. Be sure to take in the great views of rolling hillsides and Tomales Bay." Read more
"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." Read more
"The Bolinas Ridge Trail begins on the pastoral ridgeline east of Olema Valley. Especially popular with mountain bikers, the trail crosses rolling coastal rangeland, enters towering redwoods, and breaks into open chaparral before it reaches its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mt. Tamalpais. You’ll enjoy far-reaching views of Bolinas Lagoon, Tomales Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. In sunny Olema Valley, this trip is a good choice when fog blankets the coast." Read more
"If sweeping views and a certain amount of solitude are your idea of a weekend escape, the Bolinas Ridge Trail just might be your cup of tea. The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and leashed dogs, of course." Read more
"The trail starts from a wooden gate and gains 700 feet in elevation is the first 2.5 miles, cutting through rough granite outcroppings as the wide and inviting path inches up the ridgeline. You’ll come to your first spot to look around at a little over 0.5 mile. Look northwest for good views of Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes peninsula. Look east to Barnabe Peak.
At 1.3 miles, you’ll get to a signed trail junction for the Jewell Fire Road. A little farther on, you’ll come to a field that from which you can see the dark forested Iverness Ridge as well as the Olema Valley. The trail gains its highest point nearly 5 miles into the trek, where eucalyptus trees stand guard." Read more