Distance: 0.6 mi. (1 km) loop
Welcome to the San Andreas Fault Zone. Here, where the North American and Pacific plates scrape against one another, we witness forces of change. This world-famous fault holds secrets of geologic processes under its long bays and valleys. Looking closely, you may find clues about Earth's restlessness that shapes the land, its inhabitants, and all our lives.
Discover the geology of the San Andreas Fault through interpretive signs on this paved loop through meadows and along a stream lined with alders and willows. A fence that was constructed half way around the trail illustrates the 16 feet (3 meters) of displacement that occurred during the infamous 1906 earthquake. (5,501 KB PDF)
The Earthquake Trailhead is at the northeast corner of the Trailhead and Picnic Area parking area at Bear Valley in Point Reyes National Seashore. Look for trailhead signs to the north (e.g., left if standing in the parking lot) of the picnic area's restroom building.
Download the Bear Valley Area Map. (427 KB PDF)
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.