Point Reyes Backpacking Trip

NEW! Challenge yourself in a Spectacular Coastal Setting!

Point Reyes Backpacking Trip

Aug 20-24


5 days/4 nights ( 3 nights  camping+ 1 night Hostel)

Rating: Strenuous


Point Reyes Backpacking Trip: Marin
August 20-24 5 days/4 nights
$395 Adult

Rating: Strenuous. Must carry all gear including up to a 40 pound backpack.

Max Capacity: 12

NEW! Challenge yourself in a spectacular coastal setting

This will be a relatively short backpacking adventure along the coast of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
It encompasses an area along the coastline accessible only by foot. We will hike and camp alongside the
Pacific Ocean. We will traverse numerous secluded beaches enroute. We will visit Alamere Falls
where the fresh waters of Mt Tamapais meet the sea. We will hike an area where one of the largest herds of Tule elk now thrive.
Raptor sightings are frequent. The majority of the hike is along relatively flat coastal planes but challenging assents do exist.
If you are an avid hiker but desire to try some entry level backpacking in a spectacular setting, this is it.



Trip Includes:

Camping & lodging fees.  This is a backpacking experience; hikers are expected to carry their own gear and food. A small camping stove and a water filter will be available to share.

Make Sure to Bring:

Normal day hike items plus gear for 3 nights camping, (i.e. sleeping bag, pad, and tent),  in addition to their own food, water, and inclement weather clothing. A complete detailed list is available and will be provided for those that sign up.

Average Daily Hiking:

average 7 miles per day

Types of Hiking Surfaces

Dirt fire roads, trails and some sandy beach walking; some stairways,

Elevation Gains & Losses

Moderate elevation gain/loss of 400 to 900 feet each day This is a coastal area so routing may be affected, (i.e. rains, erosion, downed trees, etc.). Final day’s hike is over a ridge that may exceed 1000 feet.

Fitness Requirements

Must carry all gear including up to a 40 pound backpack.






Point Reyes Backpacking Trip

Hike Itinerary

Monday, Aug 20. 2 PM. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitors Center of  Point Reyes National Seashore.
Hike the nearby Earthquake and/or Woodpecker self-guided trails with a visit to the nearby Kule Loklo Miwok Village.
We will then drive or carpool to the nearby Olema Campground, our home for the night.
Dinner will be your choice of eating at the Olema campground or dining at the nearby town of Point Reyes Station.

Tuesday, Aug 21. Breakfast 6-8 AM. Return with all cars to the Bear Valley Visitors Center where the vehicles will remain for the duration of our hike. At 9 AM we will shuttle to Palomarin trailhead near Bolinas. We will then hike the trails along  coastal bluffs to Wildcat Campground with a break at Alemeer Falls. (approx. 8 mi)

Wednesday, Aug 22. Breakfast 6-8 AM. On the trail by 9 AM. We will continue our hike along the coastal bluffs of Drake’s Bay to Coast Campground with rest stops at various beaches enroute. There is spectacular scenery with the ocean on your right and forest covered hills to your left. (approx. 10 mi)

Thursday, Aug 23. Breakfast 6-8 AM. At 9am we will hike the Estero area north of Limatour Beach, (hopefully leaving our camping gear at the hostel for the duration of that day’s hike).The terrain now changes to one of chaparral covered ridges and California Laurel valleys. Our hike takes us near the Tule Elk Reserve where the sightings and/or hearing the call of these splendid creatures are a frequent occurrence. The hike returns to the Pt Reyes Hostel for our last evening and a welcome hot shower.
(approx. 8 mi)

Friday, Aug 24. Breakfast 6-8 AM. Gather gear and hike back via Mt. Wittenberg Ridge to our cars parked at the Bear Valley Visitors Center.
(approx. 10 mi)

Note; There are numerous attraction within the immediate area if you should choose to extend your stay. Contact the hike organizer for additional information.


Trip Leader:Bob Adams

Bio: “I was born to a mom that loved taking her dogs for long walks. It was the 50’s & 60’s and San Francisco was a much less “developed” area,  offering large areas to hike or we would drive to one of the many open coastal properties nearby for a daily 4-6 mile walk. My dad would arrange family gatherings, camping throughout the West. (The Firefalls and bear feedings at Yosemite are well remembered).  I then spent 24 years as a crew member in the Air Force which afforded me access to hiking and camping opportunities throughout the globe. Alone, with family or like minded groups I have spent my years with a love of the outdoors. I joined Coastwalk several years ago to discover new hiking and camping experiences. Initially a hiker, this will be my first year as a hike organizer. I look forward to soon sharing some of my favorite hiking areas with like minded friends”.


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