Description

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
Tent sites
7 sites
Up to 25 guests per site
Other
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

Another great way to see Point Reyes National Seashore is via bicycle. The area provides a variety of off-road biking opportuni...Read more

Boating

For those of you who would rather travel on water than land, Tomales Beach is the perfect place to dock! Here you can participa...Read more

Fishing

Point Reyes is surrounded by the beautiful and abundant Pacific Ocean, making it a great spot for fishermen. Over 130 differen...Read more

Hiking

The National Seashore has about 150 miles of magnificent hiking trails to explore and run around. Just check out some of the ...Read more

Horseback riding

With over 120 miles of trails that take you through forested mountain tops, grassy meadows, coastal scrub and miles of white sa...Read more

Paddling

Feel like playing with some seals or dipping your paddle into clean waters full of glowing bioluminescence ? Well, this is th...Read more

Wind sports

Point Reyes gets a significant amount of wind and is often a viable option for kiteboarding. Just be sure to check up on the s...Read more

Surfing

Point Reyes has some quality surfing options for the more intermediate-advanced surfer. There’s less crowds up here (I’m sure t...Read more

Swimming

Bass Lake is located 2.8 (fairly easy) miles in from the parking lot at Point Reyes park. This popular swimming spot is warm (...Read more

Wildlife watching

Jutting 16 kilometers (10 miles) into the Pacific Ocean, the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula offer one of the finest sp...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Wildcat Campground.

Beach
Cave
Forest
Lake
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Perry
Perry W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 31st, 2021

A terrific spot to introduce newbies to backpacking. Lots of wildlife--deer, bunnies, coyote, snakes, and lizards. And not a mosquito in sight! Even the worst sites here are great. There are two vault toilets, trash cans, and a water spigot (potable). Each site has a food locker, the double sites have two each.

Hipcamper Kat
Kat W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 4th, 2019

I'm not a particularly experienced camper/hiker, and I don't like either unless there's something really special waiting for me at the end, and Wildcat Campground delivered. The views along Palomarin Trailhead are great, and the wildcat campground itself is a really special place that is worth the hike. I agree sites 6&7 are best.

Hipcamper Jamie
Jamie P.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2019

6 plus mile hike in. The hill on the way out is tough! Great for groups!

Hipcamper Annabella
Annabella S.
recommends this listing.
April 4th, 2019

In terms of views, this campground just can't be beat! And did I mention bonfires on the beach?

The walk in is easy enough while still being immensely rewarding.

We hiked in and stayed for one night here since it was booked the next day. On the second day, we journeyed down the beach to the waterfall with our packs and found a primitive spot to sleep that night.

Hipcamper Michael
Michael H.
recommends this listing.
January 30th, 2019

Pack light for the hike in and be prepared for amazing ocean cliff views.

Hipcamper Erin
Erin N.
recommends this listing.
January 22nd, 2019

Hike in and hike out..

Hipcamper S
S L.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2017

hike-in site I think

Hipcamper Karen
Karen B.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2017

This is a hike-in campground and not very large so get there early.

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.

Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
State
California
Country
United States
Phone Number
(415) 464-5100
Directions
View on Google Maps
Official Website
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Coordinates
37.971° N, 122.791° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 7 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)