Muddy Hollow Trailhead

A two-track dirt road with a metal gate lined by trees, a brown trailhead sign to the right of it
The first part of this trail is a quiet dirt road, then it narrows going into the streamside hollow

NPS / S. Frisbie

Quick Facts
Point Reyes National Seashore's Muddy Hollow Trailhead is located at the west end of Muddy Hollow Road, Point Reyes Station, California. Geographic Coordinates: 38.0481, -122.8693

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

The Muddy Hollow Trailhead is the gateway to several often overlooked coastal hiking trails from which you can enjoy ocean views and an occasional tule elk sighting! The Muddy Hollow Trail and the Muddy Hollow Road Trail depart from this trailhead and connect with the Estero, Bayview, Bucklin, Glenbrook, and White Gate trails. Many of these trails are within the Phillip Burton Wilderness.

Suggested Routes From This Trailhead

Hike the Muddy Hollow Trail: 4 miles (6.4 km) roundtrip, easy
Hike the Bayview–Inverness Ridge–Drakes View Loop: 6.1 miles (9.8 km) roundtrip, strenuous
Hike the Estero–Glenbrook–Muddy Hollow Road Loop: 7.4 miles (12 km) roundtrip, moderate

App Users: For more information on these specific routes, press the "Things to Do" icon on the park's homepage and select "Hiking" from the list of activities. Find the options listed above, or browse routes that begin at the park’s other trailheads.

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 not permitted on any of the routes that start from the Muddy Hollow Trailhead; bicycles are prohibited in Wilderness.
  • Pets are not permitted on any of the routes that start from the Muddy Hollow Trailhead. 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 all of the routes that start from the Muddy Hollow Trailhead. Please visit our Horse Riding page for more information.
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore.


The Muddy Hollow Trailhead parking lot is approximately 15 minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is a small dirt parking lot with space for ~15 vehicles at the west end of the Muddy Hollow Road 0.2 miles (0.3 km) from Limantour Road.

Directions to Bear Valley
Directions from Bear Valley to the Muddy Hollow Trailhead

Point Reyes National Seashore

Last updated: February 15, 2024