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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Samuel P. Taylor SP to White Hill OS Preserve

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An unpaved road, mostly downhill, runs along the crest of Bolinas Ridge with views abound.


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Map Key

23.8

Miles

38.3

KM

92%

Runnable

1,669' 509 m

High

99' 30 m

Low

2,523' 769 m

Up

3,529' 1,076 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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Need to Know

Hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Wheelchair users can access the 3-mile Cross Marin Trail.

Description

An unpaved road, mostly downhill, runs along the crest of Bolinas Ridge, and from its heights, you have magnificent views of the sparkling ocean, Tomales Bay, Point Reyes Peninsula, tree-covered ridges, deep canyons, oak-dotted hills, and distant peaks.

On Bolinas Ridge, you travel through damp forests on soft and springy leaf duff; wind through tall chaparral on bare, rocky sandstone; and cross open, cattle-grazed grasslands. After descending to Lagunitas Creek, the shaded Cross Marin Trail is paved from Platform Bridge southeast through Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

Weather and temperature vary: On Bolinas Ridge, long, exposed stretches of the trail can be windy, hot, or foggy. For bikers, the Bolinas Ridge Trail can be bumpy and rutted.

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Bolinas Ridge flares
Mar 10, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Wildflowers and vistas abound in this forest.
Jun 4, 2017 near Lagunit…, CA
View of Blacks Mountain from the Jewell Trail
Mar 10, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA
Lagunitas Creek
Feb 28, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA
Entering the woods on Bolinas Ridge
Mar 10, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA
Bolinas views
Feb 28, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA

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Dec 12, 2020
Sean McKenzie
Resupply drop at the start near Mt. Tam, drove to fairfax for the out and back. Trail conditions were good given a full night of rain. 23.8mi — 8h 53m