Coast Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 15.9 miles long and begins at 261 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,928 feet. The Palomarin Trailhead and Coast Trailhead informations are near the trailhead. There is also parking. The 2, Coast Camp, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, 11, 13, 1, 9, 3, 8, 10, 14, and 12 camp sites and the Arch Rock viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a coastline and a tree along the trail. The trail ends near the Wildcat Campground camp site.
Coast Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This diverse loop travels exposed coastal bluffs, shaded Douglas-fir forests, and peaceful ridgetop meadows. You’ll have exhilarating viewsalong the coast, climb to the top of Inverness Ridge, and then headsouth along its crest to return. The loop finishes with a short stint onMesa Road, the dirt road you drove on to reach the trailhead. Theopen bluffs offer no protection from the elements—dress accordinglyto insulate yourself from sun, wind, or fog."
--Jessica Lage, Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press).
"This section of the Coast Trail is an old farm road that meanders through coastal scrub along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean before climbing to the “lakes district” of Point Reyes National Seashore. Ten-acre Bass Lake is the first of five lakes in the district, and may be fit for swimming on a warm afternoon. The lake is nestled in a beautiful setting, with its shores shaded in fir trees. The hike is relatively strenuous—a rather long distance of uneven, rambling trail. Park activities include walking and picnicking. Camping is by permit only. No dogs or bikes are permitted on this trail. There is no fee."
--Nancy Salcedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco (Falcon Guides).
"This hike follows the Coast trail past ponds and lakes to Wildcat Camp where you can make a side trip to Alamere Falls. Good views. Poison oak possible."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
"Seals, swimming, whales, wildflowers, and a waterfall! This trip along the Coast Trail offers numerous activities and destinations, depending on your stamina. Picnic and swim at freshwater Bass Lake, look for wildlife from coastal promontories, and visit dramatic Alamere Falls and the ocean. With a camping permit, you can spend a night at Wildcat Camp."
"This hike travels the length of Point Reyes’ Philip Burton Wilderness on the Coast Trail, a point-topoint journey that never leaves the oceanside as it cruises by secluded beaches, exceptional views, a beautiful waterfall, and two coastside camping areas. Gentle trails and ready access from the Bay Area further highlight this trip."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
"This pleasant ramble along the seaside bluffs ends in a small meadow on the north shore of pretty Bass Lake. When considering a body of water as a destination at the Point Reyes National Seashore, a lake generally doesn’t come to mind. But the southern portion of the park is dotted with lovely lakes, Bass Lake being one of the prettiest and certainly the easiest to reach. Insulated by thick riparian plants and dense fir forest, the waters of the lake are opaque, antique bottle green under the sun and almost black in the fog, nearly always still and reflective. Access to the shoreline is difficult—there is no beach—but trekkers can reach the waterside from a small meadow on the north side of the lake. It’s perfect place to enjoy a picnic or to rest before the trek back to Palomarin."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
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