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    Bolinas Ridge Loop

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    17.4 km
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    452 m
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    Bolinas Ridge Loop

    The Bolinas Ridge Loop is a stunning adventure through diverse topographies in the Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Located near San Francisco, this route is an ideal escape from the city. Reconnect with nature and get a workout in as you venture this scenic trail.

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    Route Description for Bolinas Ridge Loop

    Immerse yourself in the coastal wilderness along the Bolinas Ridge Loop. This wonderful adventure wanders through luxuriant meadows, dense woodlands, cattle ranches, and along beautiful creeks. Shared with mountain bikers, you will likely run into fellow adventurers as you travel this trail. However, if you seek a more secluded adventure, we encourage you to head out in the early morning to beat the crowds. Note there is poison oak along the trail—wear long pants or maintain on the marked path to avoid exposure. The Samuel P. Taylor State Park charges a day-use fee which typically costs $8USD.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Bolinas Ridge Loop Hike follows the Shafters Grade Trail south, along the Lagunitas Creek, before diverting southwest up several switchbacks. Following the navigation of the winding path, you will confront an intersection. Here, turn right onto the Bolinas Ridge Trail, heading northwest. This path will reveal views of the encompassing mountainous wilderness before guiding you east down the Jewell Trail. This route will descend another set of switchbacks to a junction.

    Veer right here, and you will be diverted onto the Cross Marin Trail. Follow this route through the redwood groves along Lagunitas Creek and onto the South Creek Trail. Continue along this path, eventually reconnecting with the Cross Marin Trail, which will ultimately deliver you back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Bolinas Ridge Loop Trailhead

    The Bolinas Ridge Loop departs from the Shafter Grade Trailhead off Sir Frances Drake Boulevard.

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      Camp Taylor

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      Older Children only

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