Stewart Trail, a former fire road, first circles the algae-filled pond at the trailhead where waterfoul and other birds congregate. Leave the Olema Valley
floor and gradually climb the hillside heading into and out of a steep valley. Bike past the intersection with Greenpicker and continue to ascend around the side of the mountain, visiting other shady valleys and ridges. After a steep switchback, the trail starts heading north on its final approach to Firtop peak. This aptly-named, fir-covered 1324ft. summit, can be reached using the short Firtop Summit trail, but it does not have sweeping views.
From this point, the remainder of the Stewart Trail rolls downhill over sunnier terrain a bit steeper than the ascent. Because of heavy horse traffic, this wide, initially wooded trail tends to be rutted and difficult. Views improve through more open meadows as you get closer to the end of the trail. The Stewart Trail first crosses several signed hiking trails: Ridge Trail
, then Old Out Road, and Glen
Trail, before intersecting Coast Trail - North
and finally Coast Trail - South. Bikes are allowed on parts of the Glen
Trail (to access Glen Camp), but steer clear of the others in this area. The Stewart Trail ends just past the Wildcat Campground at the beach next to the outlet of the stream that the trail has been following.