Point Reyes National Seashore: Mount Wittenberg Loop
Hike to the highest point in Point Reyes National Seashore on this 6.3-mile loop that visits the wooded summit of Mount Wittenberg.
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MORE INFO: Point Reyes National Seashore, (415) 464-5100; nps.gov/pore/
-Mapped by Dave Miller
- Distance: 10.1
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From the trailhead, hike south on the wide gravel trail (service road). Wildflowers are speckle the grasses on both sides of the trail, and deer are a common sight along this stretch.
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Turn right at 3-way junction onto Sky Trail. The next 2 miles are mostly uphill (you’ll gain about 1,100 feet of elevation). Dense fern undergrowth, California bay laurels, and pines flank the packed dirt trail (with occasional rocky patches). In spring, look for patches of Douglas lilies. Various songbirds serenade hikers from the trees.
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This open meadow provides the first views of the Pacific Ocean. Bear right at the 5-way junction onto the spur to Mount Wittenberg’s summit. The soft dirt trail is covered by thick canopy from smaller pine trees. White tail deer are a common site among the pines.
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Keep right at 3-way to begin a short loop. Continue to follow the soft and wide path towards the summit. On the return, retrace steps back to the Z Camp Trail junction.
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Mount Wittenberg (1,407 ft.): This forested summit (no views) is the highest point in Point Reyes National Seashore. Continue on the trail as it loops back to MWL004.
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Head north-northwest on Z Ranch Trail (the intersection is well marked). Ahead, hike beneath thick canopy; look for occasional coastal views to the left.
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Bear right at Y-junction onto Horse Trail, which returns to the Bear Valley trailhead. You’ll descend 1,100 feet in about 3 miles. Certain sections can get muddy in winter and spring. Note: The trail mapped here is different than the trail shown on USGS topo maps.
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Cross bridge and follow trail sign to the right onto the Morgan Trail (toward Bear Valley trailhead). Eucalyptus trees tower to the east and the trail continues under a protective canopy.
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Bear left at Y towards the meadows. The trail narrows significantly and skirts the Point Reyes stables.
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Turn left at 3-way. The trail cuts through a meadow and along a road lined with a split rail fence. In spring, wildflowers abound in the meadow and along the fence (lupines and California poppies dominate). Follow the trail to the trailhead.
Northern View from Horse Trail
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Bear Valley Trailhead
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Ferns and Wildflowers
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Yarrow along Sky Trail
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Wildflowers along the trail
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Tiny forget-me-nots line the trail.
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Path, Rail, and Road
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