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Sky

Intermediate

Trail

5.9 mile 9.5 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 597' 182 m
Descent: -1,112' -339 m
High: 1,099' 335 m
Low: 177' 54 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Megan W

This is an enjoyable way to access the coast with views along the route.

Megan W

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bikes are allowed on this trail from the trailhead (at Limantour Road) to Sky Camp.

Runner Notes

This is a wide dirt road with reasonably good footing.

Description

The wide Sky Trail begins with a short but moderately taxing climb up a ridge covered in Douglas fir and oak. The forest opens up for the first of many views, this time of Drakes Bay and Limantour Beach. To the west is a bunch of Bishop pine, burned in an intense fire here in 1995. This charring is not all bad, Bishop pine require fire to open their pine cones and spread their seeds.

You soon arrive at Sky Camp where permitted backpackers can overnight. Otherwise there are restrooms and water here. Continue on the Sky trail along gently rolling terrain through pleasant forest. The trail begins to descend in earnest with views of the entire coast opening up. Look for the Farallon Islands far out to sea on clear days.

The final stretch of the Sky Trail zig zags more steeply down the hillside bluffs, and almost to the beach. The Sky trail ends at the junction with the Coast Trail - North.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, oak, Bishop pine, salal, huckleberry, hazelnut, ferns, lupine, forget-me-nots, foxglove, and coffeeberry. Quail, deer.

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Mar 19, 2019
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Point Reyes Sky Trail
Feb 20, 2015 near Inverness, CA
Everything grows here
Mar 24, 2015 near Inverness, CA
On the Sky Trail
Mar 24, 2015 near Inverness, CA

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