Back in July (yes, I am very behind on updating the blog with all our summer adventures!), we spent the afternoon at Point Reyes National Seashore in Sonoma County. It was shortly after we moved back and was such a perfect reminder of why we love it here and want to live here.
We started out our afternoon with lunch at Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station. We had a delicious lunch in their very pleasant outdoor seating space, before heading the additional 10 minutes or so to Bear Valley Visitor Center.
There is A TON of hiking to do in Point Reyes National Seashore area and many of the hikes start in other places. However, we wanted to hike the 10 1/2 mile Sky-Bear Valley Loop that starts right at the end of the parking lot at the visitor center. The national seashore website provides one option (and a couple of side trips) for the loop route. We spoke with a ranger who recommended a slightly different route, and that's the one I'll describe here.
We started at the Bear Valley trailhead at the very end of the parking lot. The Bear Valley trail is a wide, very well maintained and pleasant trail. Before spraining my ankle again, I had thought this trail would be a really good one for trail running.
After 0.8 miles on Bear Valley Trail, we turned right on Meadow Trail. Supposedly, this is a more pleasant hike over to Sky Trail than Mt. Wittenberg trail. Meadow Trail and Sky Trail were my favorite parts of the hike. Talk about magical.