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Point Reyes: home to a popular lighthouse, miles of glorious beaches, tule elk, and a 1,400-foot peak. Mount…

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Point Reyes: home to a popular lighthouse, miles of glorious beaches, tule elk, and a 1,400-foot peak. Mount Wittenberg is the highest point in the park. While most of the views from its true summit are obscured, the views on trails near the top are amazing and it’s a fairly easy 800-foot climb. Instead of beginning from the popular Bear Valley Visitor Center, your starting point is a few miles up the road at the quiet Sky Trailhead.

The first three-quarters of a mile ascend under a canopy of oaks and Douglas firs. Although there’s been little rain this season, the grass in the forest here is electric green. Within 2 miles you’ll reach the top of Mount Wittenberg. Views from here are generally obscured by Douglas firs but you’ll get a few glimpses. For a much better vantage, continue on toward Sky Camp. Soon all of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, Chimney Rock, and Point Reyes come into full sight. Pick a place to pull over and take a break. This might be the nicest view in the whole park. Shhhh…

 

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Park at the Sky Trailhead on Limantour Rd., about 10 minutes from the visitor center. Take Sky Trail for the first 0.75 mile, then take a left on the Horse Trail. Stay on this for less than 0.5 mile and make a right on Z Ranch Trail. After 0.75 mile you’ll come to a junction: take the short spur trail up to the Mount Wittenberg summit and return back to the junction. Follow the Mount Wittenberg Trail toward Sky Camp (or from the same junction you can continue on the unsigned trail leading south into the forest and to nice views; this rejoins the Mount Wittenberg Trail). Come to a junction with Sky Trail and turn right following the signs to Sky Camp. Continue past the camp and back to the trailhead. No dogs.

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