Olema Valley Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain1,985ft
Trailhead Elevation165ft
Elevation Min/Max140/622ft
Elevation Start/End165/165ft

Olema Valley Trail

Olema Valley Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 165 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,985 feet. The Five Brooks parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there are drinking water and a watering place. This trail connects with the following: Teixeira Trail, Mccurdy, Randall Spur, Stewart and Bolema Trail.

Olema Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This classic Marin ride has just about everything: oak woodlands, redwood forests, and rolling grass-covered hills. Ride singletrack trails through the wooded Olema Valley, climb a steep and winding road up the western side of Mount Tamalpais, and hammer the roller-coaster ridge home. A changing panoramic view of Bolinas Lagoon, Pine Mountain, the coastal hills of the Point Reyes peninsula, and Tomales Bay follow you most of the way. Although the full loop is strenuous for the distance and climb, you can tailor this ride to your own specifications. Trail surface: 43 percent fire road, 37 percent paved roadway, and 20 percent singletrack."

"This roller-coaster ride takes you down the rift zone of the San Andreas Fault. Though there isn’t a huge amount of elevation gain or loss on this route, the Olema Valley Trail boasts its share of ups and downs. Popular with horseback riders and cyclists, the twisting singletrack combines short, steep pitches with sweeping descents, and encroaching underbrush with broad views. Toss in a couple of creek crossings near trail’s end and you’ve got a route that will charm and challenge hikers of all abilities, and both intermediate and advanced equestrians and mountain bikers."

"This one-way hike meanders, like the local creeks, through a mixture of vegetation along the San Andreas fault zone. Trail can be impassable."

"This hike makes a loop around the eastern side of Inverness Ridge through a dense and luxuriant Douglas fir forest. Bicycles possible. Horses likely."

"The Olema Valley Enduro is, admittedly, one of the more challenging dirt/ off-road rides in this book. It is an extremely rewarding ride, though, notwithstanding the difficulties of the Olema Valley and McCurdy Trails. The course is essentially an outbound ride on a rolling, occasionally technical, and potentially bumpy trail, followed by a long climb on varied terrain to a ridge, followed by a pleasant ride along the ridge, a rapid descent, and a return ride on the opening segment.

The ride starts at Five Brooks Ranch, just off of SR 1 in Point Reyes National Seashore. As described under the Escalada Bolinas Andreas ride, this area of Point Reyes has little to do with the ocean, as it is in the interior, right along the San Andreas Fault, in between two uplifted ridges. Exit the Five Brooks Ranch parking lot toward the ridge. At the trail junction make a left turn onto Olema Valley Trail. Stay to the right at the next junction to remain on Olema Valley Trail, which heads south, parallel to but out of sight of SR 1. The trail immediately enters dense vegetation, complete with rolling hills and some technical and single-track segments."

Olema Valley Trail Reviews

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This is not a casual ride thru the woods. You will probably want to stay off the highways and just go directly to Five Brooks trailhead. Suggesting that the ride down highway 1 is dangerous is an understatement. It is almost near suicide. The morons that put that in this guide need to have their head examined. We went from Five Brooks to McCurdy to Bolinas Ridge to Randal back to Olema Valley. The ride is strenuous and will have you calling for the gods by the time you reach Bolinas Ridge. You have a straight shot up McCurdy. (About 1500 feet). Your lungs will be burning for a sweet downhill on Randal. Beware of the dicks in the saddles on Olema Valley. Horse sh*t is all over this trail and the d*cks in the saddles feel like they own the trail (nothing unusual). Horses have done their toll on the trail so you need to watch out for the sand.

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Point Reyes National Seashore
Local Contacts
Point Reyes National Seashore Hiking Map (South District), www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_trailssouth.pdf
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