Hiking Inn to Inn
Hike the coastal bluffs and forests of America’s western edge, some of the most beautiful country in California. This moderate 41-mile, 4-day Walkabout starts in Marin Headlands, just 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, and hikes to Point Reyes National Seashore.
The first two days are an easy stroll, perfect for a weekend adventure. Day 1 (7miles) traverses coastal hills and cliffs above the Pacific to Muir Beach. Settle in at the Pelican Inn. Modeled after a 16th century English country public house, you can enjoy its convivial pub and restaurant, while transported to a bygone era. Or savor a stay at the serene Green Gulch Zen Farm and ascend to a higher plane while dining on delicious vegetarian fare.
Climb the flank of Mt. Tam on Day 2 (6.8miles). Then descend through a redwood forest to Stinson Beach. Explore the many delights of this charming seaside village – restaurants, bars, shops, and miles of State Beach.
Walk to fun and friendly Bolinas on Day 3 (13.5 miles) by hiking up Willow Camp Trail. Below you, views unfold of the small boats of the fishing fleet; freighters sailing in and out of the Gate; and on a clear day, the Farallon Islands jutting out of the Pacific, 27 miles off shore.
The final leg of the journey (14 miles) travels through 4 miles of ranchland before entering Point Reyes National Seashore. Hike the spine of the coastal range through spruce, bay, and fir forest before descending into Olema Valley. Savor your final miles hiking Rift Zone Trail into Olema, where a handful of B&Bs await you. You have hiked through some of the most spectacular wilderness in California while enjoying enchanting coastal hamlets, elegant inns, and wonderful dining - hiking inn-to-inn on the Marin Coast.
“Why not walk in the direction of life, enjoying peace in each moment with every step? There is no need to struggle. Enjoy each step. We have already arrived.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh