NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Pt. Reyes National Seashore Campgrounds

There are four hike-in campgrounds within park boundaries. All require permits, available at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is a four-night maximum and wood fires are prohibited. Bikes are prohibited in wilderness areas, as are dogs. Dogs are permitted on some beaches; check at the Visitor Center.

Coast

Located on a bluff above Santa Maria Beach requiring a 2.8 mile hike from the trailhead. Nearby attractions include Sculptured Beach, the Point Reyes Hostel and Limantour Beach.

Location: From Bear Valley Road turn onto Limantour Road and follow signs to the Pt. Reyes Hostel. Follow that access road to the end and park.

Attraction: Ocean views.

Campsite Description: 12 individual and 2 group sites. Picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets. Drinking water sometimes available. No wood fires and no garbage collection. Pack it in, take it out.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Permits required at the Visitor Center. 4 night maximum.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Some   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 100 ft.
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Pt. Reyes National Seashore. 415-464-5100.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Get a trail map at the Visitor Center.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: To any of the four back-country camps.

References: California Camping, page 475.

Sky

Closest to the Visitor Center.

Location: From the Bear Valley Visitor Center take the Bear Valley Trail .2 miles to the well-marked Mt. Wittenberg Trail and then 2.2 miles to the Sky Trail and then .6 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Views. Relatively easy hike in.

Campsite Description: 11 individual sites and one group site for up to 25 people.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Permits required at the Visitor Center. 4 night maximum.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Some   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Pt. Reyes National Seashore. 415-464-5100.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Get a trail map at the Visitor Center.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: To any of the four back-country camps.

References: California Camping, page 474.

Glen

An inland camp near the Visitor Center with a relatively easy hike in.

Location: From the Visitor Center take the Bear Valley Trail past Divide Meadows about 3.2 miles to the Glen Loop Trail and then 1.4 miles to the camp.

Attraction: Seclusion in a pretty area.

Campsite Description: 12 individual sites.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Permits required at the Visitor Center. 4 night maximum.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Some   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Pt. Reyes National Seashore. 415-464-5100.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Get a trail map at the Visitor Center.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: To any of the four back-country camps.

References: California Camping, page 475.

Wildcat

Set on a bluff overlooking Wildcat Beach. Close to but further than Glen Camp. You can access three remote lakes and a waterfall in the vicinity.

Location: You can get there from Glen Camp. Another choice is to start at the Palomarin Trailhead and take the Coast Trail along the coast and then inland past a trio of remote lakes and then back along the coast. Its about 2.5 miles from Glen camp and about 5.5 miles the other way. A 40 foot waterfall (Alamere) is close by.

Attraction: Views. Ambience.

Campsite Description: 5 individual and 3 group sites.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Permits required at the Visitor Center. 4 night maximum.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Some   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Pt. Reyes National Seashore. 415-464-5100.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Get a trail map at the Visitor Center.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: To any of the four back-country camps.

References: California Camping, page 475.

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