This trip will generally be a repeat of the trip that we did last Memorial Day weekend. The permit is for two nights, starting Saturday, but it is understood that some participants may need to be back at work Monday and will want to hike out Sunday.
This should be a great warmup trip for the summer - a little more than five miles each way to a beautiful camp near the beach. Two nights 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 abouve 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, so I was glad on my trial hike that I was wearing long pants.
FYI, Point Reyes National Seashore does not allow dogs or bicycles on this trail.
Our camp, 2 A/B, 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. That weekend, low tides will be in the mid-afternoon, so that an afternoon walk on Saturday and/or Sunday to Alamere Falls seems in order. The camp generally has piped water.
There are lots of day hiking opportunities from Wildcat camp if one is looking for exercise, but my own perspective is that once you are there you may have little incentive to go anywhere else. I may bring my Crazy Creek chair for some serious sea-gazing.
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.
I am scheduling this trip on a "wait list" basis which means that you should answer the questions and go onto the wait list. At this point, the trip is already somewhat over my target level of 12, but with some attrition there may still be room. If interested, please join the wait list.
Proportional reimbursements for the permit fee would be appreciated but not required.
Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that s/he, and his/her guest(s), is/are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Please provide organizers with an “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) Contact.
Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this Trip and the Campground and/or Facility.