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Earthquake Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore

December 29th, 2007

0.6 miles
20 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:30

Rating: 3/10

Directions: From San Francisco, take Highway 1 north. Take Sir Francis Drake exit and follow Sir Francis Drake about 20 miles to Olema. Turn right at the T-intersection, then left onto Bear Valley Road. Turn left toward the visitor center, and follow the signs to the Earthquake Trail parking area.   View Driving Map


I'd hiked an interpretive trail about earthquakes before, and wasn't that impressed, so I didn't have much expectation for this hike. The truth is that the only reason we did this hike was because it was short and the weather was miserable.

Tree next to the trail

So, we set off in misty weather along the paved path. It's a loop hike, although arrows on the ground direct you to do it in a clockwise direction. We obliged, following the trail through a forested area. The trail shortly crosses a small footbridge over a creek, then comes to a broken fence showing the effects of the 1906 earthquake.

One of the several interpretive displays

There are several interpretive signs along the trail, which are probably more interesting than the trail itself. Of course, you could gather most of the information on the web.

Fence depicting displacement of the 1906 earthquake

The trail crosses another bridge, then returns to the parking area. Since the hike is so short and next to the visitor's center, if you come in good weather you'll probably find it quite crowded. It's short enough that it's basically useful as a way to stretch your legs after a long drive to the park.


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