Place

Sky Trailhead

A brown sign marks the start of the Sky Trailhead. A dirt road in a vibrant green forest.
Hike through mixed Douglas fir forest to the top of Mount Wittenberg and beyond!

NPS / A. Kopshever

Quick Facts
Location:
Point Reyes National Seashore's Sky Trailhead is located along Limantour Road, Point Reyes Station, California. Geographic Coordinates: 38.0549, -122.8381

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

The Sky Trailhead serves as the northern terminus of the Sky Trail and the eastern end of the Bayview Trail.

The Sky Trail heads south through Douglas fir forest and connects with the Fire Lane, Horse, Mount Wittenberg, Meadow, Woodward Valley, Old Pine, Baldy, and Coast trails. Much of this area burned during the Woodward Fire of 2020.

The Bayview Trail heads north and then west, passing through parts of the 1995 Vision Fire zone, and connects with the Laguna, Inverness Ridge, Drakes View, and Muddy Hollow Road trails.

There are many potential routes and loops available, whether you want to stay along the spine of the ridge, or descend to the coast or to the Bear Valley area. The habitat changes from forest to coastal scrub or mixed woodland, depending on your route. Many of these trails are within the Phillip Burton Wilderness.

Suggested Routes From This Trailhead

Hike to Mount Wittenberg from the Sky Trailhead: 4.6 miles total (7.4 km), moderate
Hike the Sky–Woodward Valley–Fire Lane Loop: 9.5 miles total (15.3 km), strenuous

Bike to Sky Campground: 2.8 miles roundtrip (4.5 km), 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 permitted on the Sky Trail from the Sky Trailhead to Sky Campground. Bicycles are not permitted beyond Sky Campground or on any other trails in the area; bicycles are prohibited in Wilderness.
  • Pets are not permitted on any of the routes that start from the Sky 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 Sky Trailhead. Please visit our Horse Riding page for more information.
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Parking

The Sky Trailhead parking lot is approximately 10 minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is a small gravel parking lot with space for ~10 vehicles on the south side of Limantour Road 3.4 miles (5.4 km) from its junction with Bear Valley Road. A limited amount of overflow parking is available on the shoulders of Limantour Road near the trailhead lot.

Directions to Bear Valley
Directions from Bear Valley to the Sky Trailhead

Point Reyes National Seashore

Last updated: February 15, 2024