Here's Wendy's description of our upcoming hike: "This is a lovely loop wit views of Limantour Estero. We often see Tule Elk on this hike, and sometimes the endangered Myrtle's Silverspot butterfly." (Note: this hike is longer than we usually do (about 7 miles), so sometimes we make it back on time but sometimes we get back late).
Directions to the trailhead: Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west to Olema. Turn right on Route 1, then make an immediate left onto Bear Valley Road.
Continue past Park Headquarters (turn in if you need a restroom, there are none at the trailhead) and go left on Limantour Road.
When you see a paved road to the Hostel on the left, turn right on the dirt road to Muddy Hollow parking lot.
Click here for a Mapquest map showing the trailhead. Click on #1 to get driving times and directions from your location.
Carpool from St. Rita at 8:50 am.
Weather forecast: As of Friday, July 18th, the National Weather Service forecast for this area at thge time of our hike was patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 65. (Click here for an updated forecast).
More on this hike: The Martins' book, Hiking Marin, was lasted updated in 2006, so it does not show the current trail which now only loops back to the Muddy Hollow Trailhead and no longer has an offshoot that goes to the Limantour Beach parking lot as shown on the Martins’ map. But their hike "G8 Muddy Hollow Rd - Estero Trail" does show the area where we'll be hiking.
However, the Point Reyes National Seashore's North District Hiking Map includes the new loop trail and pegs the distance at exactly 7.0 miles. The following Google Earth image shows the area (click on it to open a larger picture in your Web browser).