Randall Trailhead

A wide trail passes through a gate and cattle pasture before heading up a forested hill.
The Randall Trailhead.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Randall Trailhead is located along Highway 1 (aka Shoreline Highway) 6 miles (9.6 km) south of Olema, California. Geographic Coordinates: 37.9728, -122.7303

Recycling, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

The Randall Trailhead is located on the east side of Highway 1 (aka Shoreline Highway) 6 miles (9.6 km) south of Olema and across from the Olema Valley (Hagmaier) Trailhead. The Randall Trail is a fairly steep old ranch/fire road that ascends 1.7 miles through Douglas fir and coast redwood forests to the Bolinas Ridge Trail. Pets (on a six-foot or shorter leash), bicycles, and horses are permitted on the Randall Trail and on the other trails in this section of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (e.g., the trails east of Highway 1).

While designated as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Randall Trailhead, the Randall Trail, and the other trailheads and trails referenced on this page are managed by Point Reyes National Seashore.

Suggested Routes From This Trailhead

  • Hike to the Bolinas Ridge Trail and back: 3.4 miles (5.4 km) roundtrip, strenuous
  • Hike or bike the Randall–Bolinas Ridge–McCurdy–Olema Valley loop: 8.6 miles (13.8 km) roundtrip, strenuous, pets are prohibited on this loop

Park Regulations

  • Take only pictures; leave only footprints: Almost everything one finds at Point Reyes is protected by law, including shells, rocks, fossils, flowers, and artifacts.
  • Please only travel on authorized trails, respect posted signs, and practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the park.
  • Check current conditions and trail advisories and closures before your visit.
  • Bicycles are permitted on the Randall, Bolinas Ridge, McCurdy, and Olema Valley trails. Bicycles are prohibited on the Teixeira, Ridge, and Bolema trails, which pass through the Phillip Burton Wilderness.
  • Pets are permitted on the Randall, Bolinas Ridge, and McCurdy trails within Golden Gate National Recreation Area. They must remain on a leash (shorter than 6 feet) at all times. Pets are prohibited on the trails in this area within Point Reyes National Seashore (e.g., the trails west of Highway 1). Visit our Pets page to learn where pets are permitted at Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • Horses and pack animals are permitted on most park trails, including those that depart from these trailheads. Please visit our Horse Riding page for more information.
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore or in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


Space for parking at the Randall Trailhead consists of unpaved shoulders along both sides of Highway 1 (aka Shoreline Highway) 6 miles (9.6 km) south of Olema. This trailhead is approximately 15 minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Please make sure your parked vehicle is completely off the highway and entirely out of the lane of travel.

Directions to Bear Valley
Directions from Bear Valley to the Randall Trailhead

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore

Last updated: April 18, 2024