Point Reyes National Seashore is a 70,000-acre outdoor playground about 30 miles north of San Francisco. With ample trails, campgrounds, and beaches, Point Reyes attracts outdoor and nature enthusiasts from around the world. The area has a resident tule elk herd, a huge variety of bird species, and it is a favorite mating spot for northern elephant seals.
The Coastal Miwoks originally inhabited the area for over 3,000 years. In 1579, Sir Francis Drake landed at Drake's Cove, close to a Miwok settlement. Over the next 400 years the area changed hands many times, and land boundaries were often disputed. Finally, in 1962, the Point Reyes National Seashore was established, protecting the land from further development.
This seven-mile hike can be done in a single day; however, overnighters who reserve a spot early enough will have the chance to stay at the beautiful Sky Campground. Begin your hike at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. For the first 1.6 miles you will follow the Bear Valley Trail. There are many offshoot trails that you can take to Sky Trail depending on how many miles you want to travel. Old Pine Trail is a good choice, and it meanders 800 feet up through a rainforest. Once you've reached Sky Trail, you will continue ascending for another mile until you reach an intersection. If you are spending the night, continue on Sky Trail for another half mile to reach the campground. Take the Mount Wittenberg Trail to visit the forested summit. Or simply hike the 1.6 mile Meadow Trail back down to Bear Valley Trail to conclude your hike.
Note that poison oak is ubiquitous in the area, so be cautious if you need to venture off trail.