Rift Zone is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 107 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,156 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Mill Pond (elevation 269 feet) reservoir.
Rift Zone Professional Reviews and Guides
"The San Andreas rift zone (a collection of faults that includes the major San Andreas fault) is the meeting point of the Pacific Plate, on which Point Reyes peninsula lies, and the mainland North American Plate. This easy trail follows the fault’s route through Olema Valley, across fields and through forests that vibrate with green in winter and spring—from the grasses in the pastures, to the lichens hanging from bare tree branches, and the delicate new leaves on bushes and trees. During the wet season, the pastures are often muddy, and you may have to dodge cow dung. After a long, dry summer the trail can be very dusty."
--Jessica Lage, Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press).
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