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Mt Wittenburg-Kelham Beach 13 mi Approx 2000 feet of climbing

Sonoma County Wanderers
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Feb 10 9:00AM - 2:15PM

This is a challenge due to the length at 13 miles. There is a 2 mile stretch of uphill (over 1300 feet) right at the beginning but then the rest of the hike is great with rolling hills . The climb up from the beach is a challenge but it's short.

This hike is a nice varied hike, through mixed Douglas fir forest, meadows and chaparral and also open grass with coastal views and beach access. It IS long but reported to be one of the PREMIER hikes in the Point Reyes area. It's exhausting but what a great kind of tired to be after the great views, birds and plant life. Begin by climbing the Mt. Wittenberg Trail (1300 ft. elevation in 1.8 mi.) and then continue through the forest all the way out to Woodward Valley to Coast Trail. We pass by Sculptured Beach then continue on a side trip to Kelham Beach and the cute waterfall for lunch and then we will continue south on Coast Trail to Bear Valley Trail. Enjoy your last coastal view because the we return via Bear Valley Trail through beautiful buckeyes and mixed Douglas forest and along Coast Creek. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot.

Directions from Petaluma

From Highway 101, take the East Washington Street exit. Follow East Washington Street southwest about 0.6 miles (1 km) to Lakeville Street. Turn left and proceed southeast one block to D Street. Turn right onto D Street, which will become the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, and head southwest for about 16 miles (25 km) to the junction with Platform Bridge Road. Turn right to stay on the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and continue west for about 3 miles (5 km) to the junction with California Highway 1 in the town of Point Reyes Station. Turn left onto Highway 1, drive south through Point Reyes Station and continue south on Highway 1 approximately 2.5 miles (4 km). Look for a brown "Point Reyes National Seashore" sign just beyond the Olema RV Resort & Campground. If you get to a flashing red light, you've gone 100 yards (100 m) too far. Turn right onto Bear Valley Road and head west about 1/2 mile (0.8 km). Look for a big red barn on the left and a sign for "Visitor Center; Headquarters; Information" on the right. Turn left after passing by the red barn and proceed up the left fork of the driveway to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the park's primary contact station where you will pass the visitor center and go to the large dirt parking lot on your left. A trail map can be found at:

http://www.nps.gov/pwr/customcf/apps/maps/showmap.cfm?alphacode=pore&parkname=Point%20Reyes%20National%20Seashore

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. Its important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyones time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. If this doesnt work for you, we can provide you with a map so you can take pleasure in the trail at your own pace. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy. Feel free to print out the map for your own use. Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening. Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time. Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in. Duration: 6 hours Facilities: at the trail head Dogs?: none allowed Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea. Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up. Bring a lunch. We stop at Kelham beach for lunch. It's a long hike, some snacks for your pocket might come in handy as well. Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyones time! See you on the trail!

Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two locations below. The more location

s we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 8:00

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:15

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

How to find us:Bear Valley trailhead at the South end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot

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