Olema Valley and Bolinas Ridge

Olema Valley entrance sign and golden fields

Photo courtesy of Kirke Wrench

 
NOTE: The Olema Valley district of the GGNRA is administered by Point Reyes National Seashore. For more information check out the Point Reyes National Seashore website or visit the Point Reyes Bear Valley Visitor Center, the closest information center for Olema Valley and Bolinas Ridge.

Welcome to Olema Valley and Bolinas Ridge!

The San Andreas Fault divides Olema Valley, a lovely, undulating landscape that dips slowly down to the waters of Tomales Bay in the north, and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. Hike or bike along the Bolinas Ridge Trail, which crosses rolling coastal range land, enters towering redwoods, and breaks into open chaparral before it reaches its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mount Tamalpais—offering birds-eye-views of the San Andreas Rift Zone.
 
Things to Do
  • Hike or bike the scenic Bolinas Ridge Trail, a 10.5 mile loop starting in Samuel Taylor Park.
  • Drive down Highway 1 between Wilkins Ranch and the town of Olema and experience the region's ranching past.
  • Time your hike so you can see the sunset, with few trees to obscure the views, it is sure to be breathtaking.
 
Tips and Highlights
  • Olema Valley is very exposed, so be sure to wear sunscreen and light layers on sunny days.
  • Olema Valley provides habitat for many wildlife species including the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.
  • The Bolinas/Fairfax road is often closed in winter due to landslides and in summer due to fire hazards.
  • Olema Valley has limited public facilities so please carry water and other necessities when hiking.
  • Dogs are allowed on the Bolinas Ridge Trail, but must remain leashed. Watch out for ticks, especially in the tall grasses.
  • Cows roam freely throughout the valley, download this guide on what to expect from livestock.
 
NAVIGATING OLEMA VALLEY AND BOLINAS RIDGE

Driving
The Bolinas Ridge Trail trailhead is a five minute drive from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Parking
There is parking off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

Public Transit
The Marin Stagecoach Route 68 goes to Olema Valley with a stop at Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
 
Want to know more?
Learn about how the San Andreas Fault has shaped the region.
Read about the chaparral covering the valley and what makes this type of scrubland unique.
 
Contact Us
For more information, please contact:

76 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone: (415) 331-1540

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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