Mount Wittenberg Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This modest climb to the seashore’s highest point offers the same spectacular views from the top, explores the less-traveled Horse and Z Ranch trails, and visits Sky Camp on the return."
--Jessica Lage, Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press).
"The hike starts in lush forest of Douglas fir and oak trees. You then follow the ridgeline, with views of Drake’s Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The trail descends to the treeless, stark beauty of coastal bluffs. Have lunch on a tiny, idyllic beach. Then walk through wind-manicured scrub, with views of blue-rippled ocean. Head inland through a fairy-tale woodland of chalk white alders and follow a meandering stream. End up back at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."
--Linda Hamilton, Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"Leading to the highest point in the park, the summit trail on Mount Wittenberg serves up tree-framed views of the Olema Valley, Drakes Bay, and the Point Reyes headlands. Standing on the summit of Mount Wittenberg is a bit like standing on a monk’s head. A fringe of young evergreens sprouts in a ring around the rocky clearing on the mountaintop, like hair around a bald man’s pate. If you peek through the treetops to the east, you can see the rolling hills and pastures of West Marin. Looking southeast, you gaze down the Olema Valley. Views west to Drakes Bay and the ocean, and views to the north foretell the summit’s future, which flies in the face of the fate of your typical balding man: The firs grow ever taller and thicker, blocking all vistas and offering shelter from the wind and sun."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
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