Point Reyes Loop

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February 21, 2005

Outline and Background

Thanks to Stefan S. for prompting me to get out and hike this weekend, despite the prediction for unsettled weather. I came up with a bunch of choices, and we decided on Point Reyes when we set out, given the actually pretty decent weather. Map(s) of perambulations below.

Hike Description

The original plan was to do a butterfly loop from the Muddy Hollow trailhead down the the Estero de Limantour, however the Muddy Hollow Trail was signed as flooded and closed, so we went west on the Muddy Hollow Road Trail to the White Gate Trail and did a smaller left hand loop on the Estero and Glenbrook Trails, with lunch on a bluff over the Estero.

We backtracked a bit on the Muddy Hollow Road Trail, and turned off on the Bucklin Trail up to Point Reyes Hill, doing casual clipping where the young stand of post-fire pines was encroaching there (and also on the way down the Drakes View Trail). After the saddle on the Inverness Ridge Trail, it rained until we were heading down the Drakes View Trail. Only the lower end of that trail has any views, the top is in a pine grove slot. As soon as we got back to the car, it started raining again, and rained most of the way back to SF.

Summary and Technical Details

A bit under 12 miles, 2250 feet of ascent over 4 and a half hours.

Weather and Conditions

Unsettled, but not actually raining for most of the day.

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Maps

Map of hike location and route detail maps, route in fuschia


Map with route

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Point Reyes Loop / Robert Parks / rparks@lvhot.org / revised Feb '05