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About Point Reyes National Seashore
Campgrounds in Point Reyes
1. Wildcat Camp
It sure is nice to be so dang close to the ocean! Wildcat Camp is located in an open meadow that is just a hop, skip and jump away from the mighty...
2. Tomales Bay
Ever wanted to kayak into a remote campground? Here is your chance! Tomales Bay is. . . well it’s awesome. If you’re wanting to camp here, you must...
3. Sky Camp
1,025 feet up Mt. Wittenberg lies Sky Camp. The camp stays true to it’s name and offers spectacular panoramic views (after a “moderate” uphill hike...
4. Coast Camp
Coast Camp is…. well it’s by the coast (this is a good thing). The camp is nestled in a wide open grassy valley and is a very short distance (about...
5. Glen Camp
Glen Camp might not be the most popular kid in class, but it is the most protected. Most campgrounds in Point Reyes get lots of wind since they are...
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If you ask me, this is the perfect mix between car camping and pack-in. It's about a 30 minute walk from the closest parking lot, so don't worry about bringing that extra bottle of wine. Keep in mind, there are often fire restrictions, and it can get cold.
Large groups can only camp at Marshall or Tomales Beach. Both have vault toilets, and Marshall is closer, but Tomales has two picnic tables. Head there unless your want to a) bring your own table, or b) don't care about sand in your food (it's inevitable).
Great place to backpack if you're a beginner. There's also potable water (usually) at the campground so you don't have to haul it. Be sure to bring a filter just in case. Campsite 7 is amazing but can be hard to find when the mustard flowers are blooming!
awesome camping - we backpacked a longer trail but some people drive closer and bring down the coolers and ice. best sites 10 & 11 open to sun, views and less wet; 5-8 are in trees, cooler, wetter due to the cover, 1 no privacy, 3,4,10,11,12 are private
Hands down, best Point Reyes Campground. Views? Check. Grills for your hotdogs and Duraflame cause you're a rule following fire ninja? Check. Tree cover in case of rain? Check. General lack of raccoon infestation? So far, check. Driving to the trailhead eats up 90% of the climb you'd otherwise have to do to scale Mt. Whittenberg. After a leisurely 2 mile hike to the site, you'll be blown away by the sunset over Point Reyes. Reservations are plentiful after peak season ends, but be prepared for shocking temperature variations. My favorite site was 7, nestled in the quiet pines. Sky Camp is an excellent choice for group camping, but don't expect privacy if you're on solo--if you've got chatty neighbors, best bet is to introduce yourself!
Our favorite spots to camp are the boating sites on Tomales Bay. Grab a bag of oysters and paddle across the bay to find your own private beach campground. Remember to get a fire permit as well - gathering driftwood is allowed, but towards the end of the summer it will likely be sparse, so bring a bundle!
Bring snacks, “we were pretty hungry about 4 miles into the hike, and were starving for the last 6…” is quite normal, be prepared!
Stayed at Camp 6--I thought it would be right on the coast, but it's more inland and a bit of a walk to the beach. You can still see the ocean from the site though. Also, absolutely no shade at campsite 6, so be aware on hot days. It is also a far walk from bathroom and water. There's a big Eucalyptus tree towards the beach, where there's shade and a swing.
We enjoyed the gentle 2 mile hike from the lot near the PR Hostel through the winter drizzle. We frolicked on the beach amid confused seabirds, who felt like, just this once, they'd have the joint to themselves. We pitched our tent in a dewy mist at site 4, where a puddle had inconveniently formed directly in front of our fox box. We did not take this as a harbinger of doom, and were invaded by furry bandits in a pouring deluge at roughly 1:25 am, when we suddenly realized there was an awful lot of trash in the surrounding bushes. Two take aways: never, under any circumstances, bring food into your tent AND don't camp seaside with no cover when there is a 100% chance of rain. Also: always pack Tenacious Tape.
First timer here. If I'm on a motorcycle, would it be reasonable to get a kayak/canoe to my Wildcat site?
I boat-in camped here and rented kayaks from Blue Waters Kayaking. It was beautiful and very calm to paddle out at night
- It's right on the lake. The stars are amazing
- During season there's bioluminescence
- You can paddle up and get fresh oysters at Tomales Bay Oyster Co
- It's popular and there are a lot of people during the summer
- Kayak rentals are expensive because it's popular. I rented from Blue Water Kayaks. Would be cheaper to bring your own
- Know the direction of current and always paddle with the current
- Pack-in pack-out (e.g. waste included) sites are less crowded
If it’s not too hot, wear thick, long pants. There are a good amount of prickly flowers and plants.
Wear layers, at different points you're closer to the water and it's much colder, and at some points there's just a lot of sun so you'll want to take off some layers
The hikes are beautiful and can be a great workout, bring a good amount of water (but you can fill up at several of the campgrounds).
We camped in site 3, and it is a smaller site, but it was cozy. We squeezed in two 2 person tents, and one three person tent. The trees framed the ocean really nicely, and we still got the view that sites 1 & 2 enjoy. Nice shade, and great air. The only thing is be very conscious of leaving food, even for a little bit. Stealthy skunks and raccoon are all around. You can hear them rustling around your tent at night, too.
This is a great beginner backpacking camp. It's a seriously majestic hike - so first timers won't realize the moderate hike to the camp. It get's really foggy and cold here so pack warm. There were fire restrictions when I went September 2016. They have food lockers and a bbq type contraption.
Leave early! We couldn't pick up our camping/fire permits until the Visitor Center opened (10 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on weekends), so that put us behind schedule and we didn't get on the water until 11:30 a.m. (visitor center is 30 min. from the Miller Launch). It was windy but we made it to Marshall Beach in an hour since we were going with the tide. We had a large group in various kayaks (ocean, lake and blow up). On Sunday morning we woke to STRONG wind. Those in regular kayaks were fine, but those in blow up kayaks couldn't manage and luckily a fishing boat brought them across. Despite that, it was an INCREDIBLE trip and I highly recommend! Bathrooms were clean, it was warm and sunny and the Marshall Beach cove blocked the wind.
History of Point Reyes National Seashore
The cultural history of Point Reyes reaches back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians who were the first human inhabitants of the Peninsula. Over 120 known village sites exist within the park.
According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European explorer to do so. In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, lighthouses and lifesaving stations were established by the United States Government in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
In the early 1800s, Mexican land grantees established ranchos. They were followed by a wave of American agricultural operations, which continue to this day in the Seashore's pastoral zone.