Monday, October 21, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Eight
Bear Valley to Arch Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore

Bear Valley Trailhead, Point Reyes -- open for business (and hiking)!

What it's like:
A nearly 9 mile out and back through woods and grassland -- the turn around spot is a bluff overlooking the ocean.

Why now:
When the federal government impasse shuttered our local national parks, Point Reyes businesses were financially impacted. Celebrate re-opened trails with a Point Reyes hike this week.

If you can't make it this week:
The hike to Arch Rock is absolutely stunning year round.

Insider tip:
My favorite way to support the local Point Reyes economy is via cheese (at Cowgirl Creamery) and bread (Brickmaiden loaves -- sold at Cowgirl Creamery and a few other locations in town). Get picnic supplies in town and plan for lunch at Arch Rock.

Bear Valley to Arch Rock is hike number 11 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
There are plenty of bay area trails that offer opportunity to glean fruit, but I know of only one where you can hike through a chestnut orchard. Skyline Chestnuts manages a 20 acre orchard within Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. You can simply drive to the orchard and buy pre-gathered bags of chestnuts, but why not make it an expedition and hike in? Start at this trailhead and take the Bay Area Ridge Trail to Chestnut Trail. The orchard is near gate SR01, at the southeast edge of the preserve. It's a beautiful location and collecting chestnuts here has become one of our autumn family traditions. The chestnuts are sold by the pound -- bring gloves and a sturdy bag for toting.

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