Point Reyes Overnight Backpacking (Wildcat Camp)
February 23, 10:00 am - February 24, 2:00 pm
Hi Everyone! This is a great trip for beginners and a fun warm up for those more experienced. The permit is for one night, starting Saturday and hiking out Sunday. If you reserve your spot please plan to attend light rai or shine. Heavy rain will cancel.
It’s a little more than five miles each way to a beautiful camp near the beach. ONE night at Wildcat Camp in Point Reyes.
Tom Steinstra gives Wildcat camp a 10 for scenery, and describes it as follows:
“This backpack camp sits in a grassy meadow near a small stream that flows to the ocean, just above remote Wildcat Beach. From the Palomarin Trailhead, getting to this camp takes you on a fantastic 5.6-mile hike that crosses some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful wildlands. The trail is routed along the ocean for about a mile, heads up into the coastal hills, turns left, and skirts past Bass Lake, Crystal Lake, and Pelican Lake and, ultimately, heads past Alamere Creek to this beautiful camp set on an ocean bluff. A fantastic side trip is to hike along the beach from Wildcat Camp to the south, where you can get a full frontal view of Alamere Falls. It is a dramatic 40-foot free fall, one of the rare ocean bluff waterfalls anywhere.”
The walk is fairly easy, mostly on a wide trail that long ago appears to have been a road. Parts of it are a bit overgrown, some with nettles, long pants are advised.
FYI, Point Reyes National Seashore does not allow dogs or bicycles on this trail.
Our camp is fairly large with a number of grassy flat spots. The long sandy beach is nearby on an easy trail, although it is not passable at high tides. The camp has piped water and toilet facilities.
Beautiful shore hike to falls and lots of sea gazing. Last time I went the meadow where we will camp was full of yellow flowers.
This trip will be individual commissary (everyone responsible for their own food and gear). The plan is for me to pick up the permit and parking passes at Bear Valley Saturday morning and then drive to Palomarin. We will have a bonfire on the beach Saturday night. I’ll be hosting an option dinner to go over equipment to rent.