It sure is nice to be so dang close to the ocean! Wildcat Camp is in an open meadow that is just a hop, skip and jump away from the mighty Pacific Ocean. Another great thing about Wildcat is that it’s also the closest camp to Alamere Falls (one of only two waterfalls that fall directly into the Pacific).

The hike is an easy 2-miler along the beach, just make sure you mind the tides! It’s also the most popular campground in Point Reyes, so if you’re trying to camp here on a weekend, plan WAY in advance.

We hear that campsites #4 & #5 are the bees knees (this is a good thing). The best way to get to Wildcat Camp is a 5.5 mile hike on the Palomarin Trailhead and it just so happens to be one of the nicest stretches of trail in Northern California! You’re seriously going to dig this place.

As we said, this coastline is MIGHTY and so is the wind, so make sure to bring layers.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
7 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No ADA access
Toilet available
No campfires
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Hipcamper Oshie
Oshie M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 19th, 2015

Sites 1-3AB are most exposed to neighbors but closest to bathroom. Sites 5-7 are the small but offers the most seclusion.

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Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

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!

Sleep to the sound of crashing waves!View from campsite 7
Hipcamper Hipcamper
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 11th, 2015

Great for backpacking beginners. It's only a 5-6 mile hike in and trails are super well marked.

Hipcamper Hipcamper
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 24th, 2015

What a campground! It's only a 1-mile hike from Alameer Falls. I highly recommend eating lunch at the top!

Hipcamper Alex
Alex H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 28th, 2015

Site 7 is the closest to the path that leads to the beach. The only time you'll really see people is heading to the bathroom/water.

Hipcamper Alex
Alex H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 28th, 2015

Bring a fishing pole! Caught my biggest Surfperch and Surf Smelt here!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 22nd, 2015

Great beach access at this campground, be careful in the surf. Can be exceptionally damp (duh!).

Hipcamper Edmaria
Edmaria R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 16th, 2015

Great place for beginners. This was our first backpacking trip and it was wonderful. Great views, potable water, nice hike.

Site #6Wildcat Campground
Hipcamper Callie
Callie R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 24th, 2015

My favorite spot. Gorgeous campsite, easy hike in, close to Alamere. They provide grills at each campsite, just remember to bring some charcoal. Ask for a beach fire permit (driftwood) when you check it, not always available.

Early morning fog on the beach.Beach right next to the campsite.Gorgeous moon over the hills.Wildcat Campground
Point Reyes National Seashore
United States
Phone Number
(415) 464-5100
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37.971° N, 122.791° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 7 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)