Earthquake Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 110 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 114 feet. The Bear Valley Picnic area picnic site and the Earthquake trail information guidepost are near the trailhead. There are also parking, drinking waters, a bbq, and restrooms.
Earthquake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The volatile geology of the Point Reyes peninsula is illustrated along this short, paved interpretive trail. In 1906 the San Andreas Fault snapped, unleashing an earthquake of legendary power. The infamous San Francisco temblor, and the fire that followed, destroyed much of the city by the bay. But the damage wasn’t limited to San Francisco; communities throughout northern California were affected by the quake. And graphic evidence of the violent rupture can be found in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Earthquake Trail documents the legacy of the 1906 quake. Interpretive signs along the easy, paved path illustrate the quake’s effects on San Francisco and the Olema Valley, bed of the culprit fault, as well as on the geology that will one day transport the Point Reyes peninsula into Alaska’s Aleutian Trench. Fascinating on a variety of levels, the trail showcases graphic physical evidence of the power of the fault line. Perfect for families, the hike is a provocative experience no matter your age."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
"Explore the volatile geology that underlies the California coastline and learn about the native people who once called the Bear Valley home on two short trails that begin near the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Bear Valley Visitor Center. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the San Andreas Fault snapped, unleashing an earthquake that would become legendary. The infamous San Francisco temblor, and the fire that followed, destroyed much of the City by the Bay—more than 500 city blocks were leveled, and thousands of people were killed.But the damage wasn’t limited to San Francisco; communities throughout Northern California were devastated. Santa Rosa, located about 50 miles north of San Francisco, was demolished."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
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