Mount Wittenberg Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain1,377ft
Trailhead Elevation127ft
Elevation Min/Max127/1272ft
Elevation Start/End127/127ft

Mount Wittenberg Trail

Mount Wittenberg Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is two miles long and begins at 127 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,377 feet. This trail connects with the following: Z Ranch Trail, Sky Trail and Bear Valley Trail.

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."

"The hike starts in a lush forest of Douglas fir and oak trees. You then follow the ridgeline, with views of Drakes 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 fairytale woodland of chalk-white alders, following a meandering stream. End up back at the Bear Valley Visitor Center."

"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."

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Rd., Point Reyes Station 94956; (415) 464-5100;
Local Contacts
Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes #266
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Nov 2018