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Laguna and Coast Loop

 4.3 (7)

Length


5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


362' 110 m

Ascent

-348' -106 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

371' 113 m

High

16' 5 m

Low

Shared By Megan W

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This is an enjoyable loop with coastal views and a visit to Santa Maria Beach.

Megan W

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Overview

To avoid the crowds but still experience the beauty of Point Reyes' coastal hills, give this one a try.

Description

Begin this loop at either the Laguna Trailhead or the roadside parking along Muddy Hollow Road next to the start of the Coast Trail - North. Head south on Coast Trail - North on wide, sunny doubletrack trail. This gentle downhill affords views of the nearing ocean. Turn southeast to parallel the impressively grand sweep of Drakes Bay. Soon, the beautiful sand of Santa Maria Beach becomes visible below and the Coast Camp for backpackers appears inland next to Santa Maria Creek.

Before turning back inland, check out Coast Camp and Santa Maria beach using Santa Maria Beach access spur trail. When you're ready to head home, get on Fire Lane trail heading inland and parallel to Santa Maria Creek. Climb moderate inclines through coastal scrub and remember to look back for the last glimpses of the sea. After a level stretch of ground, Fire Lane intersects with the Laguna Trail. Take the left fork to follow Laguna Trail downhill to the Laguna Trailhead. Depending on whether you used the Laguna Trailhead or the roadside parking along Muddy Hollow Road, you may have a short stretch of pavement to travel to reach your car.

Note: bikes are allowed on the Coast Trail from the Coast Trail's northern trailhead near the Hostel to the Coast Campground, but no further.

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May 15, 2018
Carl Miller
Beautiful hike to the ocean in the morning. 5.1mi
Apr 26, 2018
Nick Zelenenki
To camp, along beach, and back 6mi
Apr 2, 2018
Erin King
with alex
Jul 30, 2017
Pavlína Marková
Jul 9, 2017
Nick Barrilleaux
Fun flowey trail with great coastal views and nice beach to relax on.
May 5, 2017
Jackie Herrera
Great clear day, excellent walk along the water with TH. 5.1mi
Mar 13, 2017
Angelo Patania
Mar 8, 2017
Hannah Kornfeld

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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Nick Wilder
Boulder, CO
Nick Wilder   Boulder, CO  
The Laguna Trail to the beach is great, as is walking along this deserted section of beach, but the Coast Trail - North section has been "improved" and is now basically a dirt road. Might be better to just go out and back along the singletrack. Sep 19, 2016

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