Distance: 5 miles (8 km) roundtrip, moderate
This hike through coastal scrub, coastal grasslands, and along a stream offers some breath-taking ocean views. This loop may be hiked either clockwise or counter-clockwise (when viewed from above or on a map), although many frequent hikers of this trail prefer the clockwise route. The route description below follows the clockwise route.
The Laguna-Coast Loop hike begins at the Laguna Trailhead and quickly enters the Phillip Burton Wilderness. The route steadily ascends the 0.8-mile-long (1.3-kilometer-long) southern leg of the Laguna Trail to a 400-foot-high (120-meter-high) ridge crest from which Drakes Bay is visible. The route then descends via the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) southern leg of the Fire Lane Trail to the Coast Trail just north of the Coast Campground. After 1.8 miles (2.9 km), turn left on the Coast Trail for 0.1 miles (160 m) to reach the Coast Campground. Here, you can access the Santa Maria Beach, refill your water bottle at one of the campgrounds water faucets, or use the vault toilet.
Retrace your steps for 0.1 miles (160 m) to the Coast Trail-Fire Lane Trail junction. Instead of turning back up the Fire Lane Trail, continue on the Coast Trail for 2.8 miles (4.5 km). An additional place to descend to the beach is located 1.1 miles (1.9 km) west of the Coast Campground. This multi-use trail* meanders along the tops of coastal bluffs before turning north and inland to parallel a steam before ending at the Coast Trailhead near the Point Reyes Hostel. Turn right and walk a short distance along Laguna Road to return to your vehicle. Use caution when walking along the road.
* Bicycles are permitted on the Coast Trail from the Coast Trailhead to Coast Campground. Bicycles are prohibited on other trails in this immediate area. Visit the park's Bicycle Riding page to learn more about where bicylces may be ridden at Point Reyes National Seashore.
This loop can also be done in the opposite direction, beginning at the Coast Trailhead and ending at the Laguna Trailhead.
Visit the park's Hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore page for hiking tips and information about trail etiquette and safety.
Visit the park's Trail Advisories and Closures page for current information about closed trails, trails blocked by trees, or other temporary hazards or advisories.