Point Reyes and Arch Rock
I found myself kicking myself on Sunday after taking a trip out to Point Reyes National Seashore that we haven’t explored the national park more often, it being so close. We needed some fresh air and a bit of exercise to boot, so we printed out the park maps and found an 11.2 mile loop that suited the afternoon. We started at the park headquarters, wound up the quite steep Mount Wittenberg Trail and then down the ridge of the Sky Trail through some amazing fern-filled forests (click the map above to enlarge it). The bottom of the Sky Trail hits the coast, at which point we took a quick trail out to Arch Rock to take in Kelham and Sculptured Beaches. The fire road up Bear Valley was a lot less demanding than the Sky and Mount Wittenberg Trails, but just as pretty as most of its length it winds alongside a babbling creek fed by springs from the mountains to each side of the valley. A great hike, although I think I need some new socks because right now I’m sporting two silver dollar sized blisters, one on each heel!
I know Susie Jungfrau would be able to tell me the name of these berries (left), Kelham Beach and Sculpture Beach in the distance from the top of Arch Rock (middle), and a gull perched on the cliffs at Arch Rock (right)