Stewart is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 285 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,266 feet. The Five Brooks parking is near the trailhead. There is also a watering place. Firtop (elevation 1,312 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also drinking water along the trail. The trail ends near the Mill Pond (elevation 269 feet) reservoir.
Stewart Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike stays entirely in a scenic Douglas fir forest as it climbs the eastern slopes of Inverness Ridge. Dusty when dry. Bicycles possible."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
"Fern, fir, and huckleberry knit these trails together, weaving a shady route perfect for a hot Indian summer’s day. Whether bathed in bright sunlight or wreathed in fog, the Douglas firs that envelop the slopes of Firtop have a mystic quality. The venerable trees filter sunlight, sharp or diffuse, through a prism of green, dappling the forest floor and nourishing a thick undergrowth of berry brambles and fern. The Stewart and Greenpicker Trails ramble through this ethereal woodland, breaking free of the forest only in a clearing at the summit of Firtop. On this high point along Inverness Ridge, the trees frame a tiny meadow perfect for picnicking and resting, especially if the sun is out and warming the grasses."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
"The Stewart Trail is the only trail in the vicinity open to bikes, and is cyclists’ only option to reach Wildcat Camp. A wide, well-graded route in a shady forest, the trail offers great views on both the west and east sides of Inverness Ridge—of Olema Valley and of the coast. Hikers and equestrians might find that combining the Stewart Trail with some of the numerous other trails that lead to the coast makes for a more interesting route."
--Jessica Lage, Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press).
"Forested mountaintop and crashing surf are linked together by the steep up and down of the Stewart Trail. It’s a very, very long haul, but with its challenging terrain, spectacular views, and superlative landmarks—the shady summit of Firtop, the raucous surf at Wildcat Beach—the Stewart Trail from Five Brooks to Wildcat Camp is a seashore favorite."
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