Sky Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Arguably the easiest climb to a backcountry camp in Point Reyes National Seashore, this section of the Sky Trail wanders through a portion of the forest destroyed by, and now recovering from, the 1995 Vision Fire. If you want to keep your options open as to the length and difficulty of a hike or ride at Point Reyes, this trail is the perfect choice. Make it short and easy with a gentle climb to Sky Camp; add challenge by climbing to the summit of Mount Wittenberg; complete a lollipop loop by following the Z Ranch and Horse Trails back to Sky Trail and the trailhead. Each possibility is sure to delight."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
"This is a strenuous hike, but one with plenty of variety. Beginning in dense forest, the trail passes through several native habitats and a recovering burn zone on the way down to the beach on Drakes Bay. The trail makes a stop at the summit of Mount Wittenberg, and a short detour will take hikers to Sculptured Beach. Two hike-in campgrounds and a youth hostel are on or near the route, allowing for easy overnight stays."
--Dan Brett, Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides).
"This is a strenuous hike, but it offers plenty of variety in return for its toughness. Beginning in dense forest, the trail passes through several native habitats and a recovering burn zone along the way to the beach on Drake’s Bay. The trail makes a stop at the summit of Mount Wittenberg, and a short detour takes hikers to Sculptured Beach. Two hike-in campgrounds and a youth hostel are on or near the route, so this trail is perfect for easy overnight trips. Terrain: Gravel road, partially paved road, and dirt path through Bishop pine forests and northern coastal prairie and scrub."
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot Press).
"This trail provides interesting terrain as it rolls down a ridgeline from Mt. Wittenberg. Early morning sunshine makes the headlands glow. Can be wet."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
"This is the easiest hike to the top of Mt. Wittenberg. When clear, the hike provides great views in all directions. Good wildflowers in May."
"This is the easiest and best all-around hike for exploring the forested Inverness Ridge and Bear Valley. Good views too."
"This hike explores the western slopes of Mt. Wittenberg down to the ocean. It offers a variety of terrain and views, and beach access. Wet in winter, overgrown in summer."
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