Olema is considered an access point to Point Reyes National Seashore with its Bear Valley Trailhead, which provides access to the various hiking trails of the park. The community is also considered part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
In "Point Reyes 2011", John Wright, Jaren Garff, Jeremy Glenn, Alec Viera, and Travis Neal start their camping trip at the Bear Valley Trailhead in Olema. They park here and eat their sandwiches that they got from the Subway in San Rafael. John found a sleek motorbike, that was supposedly one of the rangers'. Nate Anderson told him not to touch it, but he touches it anyway.