Pt Reyes: Five Brooks to Wildcat Camp Loop.

  • March 17, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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The Hike: Pt Reyes: Five Brooks to Wildcat Camp Loop.

PLEASE READ:  YOU MUST BE AN EXPERIENCED HIKER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS HIKE.  While i am not the fastest hiker out there, I did it a few weeks ago and had plenty of time to hike, take a few pictures and hang out at the beach for a good while.  There isn't time to learn that this hike is too long for you or lolli-gag extensively.  Experienced hikers will have unexpected trouble from time to time, this is understandable.  This route also offers various points that contact the main access road trail (Stewart trail) as a slightly easier escape route if you are experiencing trouble.  See map link below.

About 13-14+ miles.  This is considered strenuous due to the length and the fact that there are climbs in both directions. The climbs are relatively tame, at ~1000 ft.  This is a long day, please be prepared! Pt Reyes seems to use some kind of new math i am not familiar with to calculate mileage for their signs.  Maybe someday my daughter will teach me.  Until then, i will just wonder and take my best guess at the mileage.

We will take Greenpicker and Coast trails out to Wildcat Camp and beach.  Return via Old Out Road, Alamea, and Stewart trails.

Trails in this part of the park travel under cover of firs, often medieval like old growth and lichens.  Be prepared with enough layers to stay warm.

The cover opens up as you reach hints of ocean air near the end.  We can stop at the beach and rest for a good while for lunch break.

When: 9:45 AM, Sunday, March 17, 2012

I will be there rain or shine.  Love the rain, especially hiking in it! If there is chance of rain, please be very prepared!

Meeting Location: Pt Reyes, Five Brooks Trailhead Parking Lot.  You can find it by searching "Five Brooks Ranch" on Google maps.  Here is also a link to a trail map : http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_trailssouth.pdf

Carpooling:
Suggested Carpool locations:

Rohnert Park -Park and Ride, Rohnert Park expressway and 101 - Southbound "Rohnert Park Expressway/Hwy. 101. Within southbound on-ramp area South of bridge."
leave at 8:30am. (10 min to Petaluma park and ride)

Petaluma Park Park and Ride, Lakeville St and 101 S:
leave at 8:40am. (27 miles / 43 min to Meeting Location)

Note: If you are carpooling. Please consider that we will often stop and have a bite to eat after the hike.  You should consider this the default.  If you must leave immediately afterwards, make sure to find a carpool that does not plan to stay.

I will be swinging through the carpool locations listed and leaving at the listed times.  I plan to take the back roads from Petaluma, so please plan any carpool from locations north or south

Trail-head depart Time: We should be on the trail shortly after 9:45am.

To participate in a hike, I require that you take responsibility for yourself and any guest(s) that you bring.  This is actually spelled out in your agreement with meetup.com website.  See especially section "6.2 Release" in "Meetup Terms of Service Agreement" at

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

While you are ultimately responsible for your comfort and safety, I also request that you are prepared.  This includes:

  1. Plenty of water!
  2. Plenty of nourishment.
  3. Sun protection.  Sunscreen etc.
  4. Protection from cold. Warm clothing in layers, appropriate socks, rain gear, emergency blanket,
  5. First-aid supplies.
  6. Sturdy footwear
  7. Anything else you will require to ensure your own and guest(s) personal comfort and safety.

I also request that you

  1. Are courteous and respectful of others.
  2. Bring a positive attitude and open mind.
  3. Take responsibility for yourself.
  4. Respect the land we hike through.
  5. Come ready for a good day.

Hope to see you there!

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  • marcia

    Russell have you ever hiked out to Alamere falls? Would love to do that one

    March 18, 2013

    • Russell

      I have starting from Palomarin trail about 8 mile round trip without much climb. Its a great hike, could be in the future. From the beach at Wildcat camp, we could see the falls a mile away.

      1 · March 18, 2013

    • marcia

      Let's do it soon! My feet are finally recovered from the last one! Ready to go again

      March 21, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    Shelly Hooper, I miss placed your business card with email. Write me at [masked]. Lets hike 10 this weekend in my stomping grounds at Cow Mountain. Anyone else want to go?
    Shannon Morris

    March 21, 2013

  • Ratna

    Beautiful!! Complete with ice cream that Russell hiked in. He's the best :-)

    March 19, 2013

  • Russell

    Great day! Amazing views, and awesome people. Thanks, I had a lot of fun!

    March 18, 2013

  • Louise W.

    What a beautiful hike, with truly interesting and wonderful warm people. It was a lovely day, and I enjoyed talking to everyone. It's not always you can spend a day with a group of total strangers and feel like you've had a beautiful experience.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Bex A.

    Everyone was a pleasure to meet! That view was well worth all the sore muscles!!!

    March 17, 2013

    • Pete

      Hi Bex - ditto! I posted our festive photos as well :)

      1 · March 17, 2013

    • Bex A.

      Just saw the pics they are great :)

      1 · March 18, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    I had a wonderful time, but I always do with a nice, group of people. Thanks for the great time and the icecream sandwich. Good job Russell. How did you get so fast, Shelly?

    March 18, 2013

  • Pete

    Beautiful area - definitely recommend!

    March 17, 2013

  • marcia

    Excellent. Awesome. But man my feet are tired!

    March 17, 2013

  • Sheena

    Any chance of carpooling from SF? Thanks!

    March 13, 2013

    • Ratna

      I am going up from San Francisco, too... and can give you a ride.

      March 13, 2013

    • Sheena

      That would be awesome! Thanks Ratna :) Will send you an e-mail of my contact info.

      March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Traveling on Sunday. Have a great hike.

    March 15, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    Awesome. I will be there. What time should I meet you?

    March 14, 2013

    • Shelly H.

      8:15 am I think would be good. Shelly

      March 15, 2013

  • Bex A.

    I am coming from Fairfield. I have never driven to point Reyes. Is anyone coming from that direction? I don't know where either of the park and ride places are either but I am choosing the Petaluma one. I would like to follow or ride/drive with anyone who knows the rest of the way cuz I am looking forward to this adventure!!!
    Thanks :)

    March 13, 2013

    • Jackie F

      And my cell is[masked]-4631. You can let me know if you're running early/late.

      March 14, 2013

    • Bex A.

      Ok Jackie! See you at 9. My cell is[masked]

      March 15, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    Shelly. What time should I meet you?

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is a bit much for me. Maybe in a few months when I have more experience. Enjoy!

    March 14, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    Im driving from Ukiah. Anyone able to meet in Santa Rosa? or anywhere more North.

    March 13, 2013

    • Shelly H.

      Hi! Shannon,

      March 14, 2013

    • Shelly H.

      I am in Santa Rosa, if you are not on a time frame for returning you could ride with me. Perhaps meet at the 7 Eleven at intersection of Yolanda Ave & South Santa Rosa Ave. You would take the Hearn Ave exit and take a right to go up over the highway and turn right on to Santa Rosa Ave than the first light turn left and 7 Eleven is on the right. I have a dark blue Xterra.

      March 14, 2013

  • Russell

    Marcia-
    My guess is no earlier than 4 or 4:30pm and more likely 5pm+. (9:45am - 5pm). When i did this last month myself, it was 10:50am to 5pm, with 1/2 hour break (and pictures). Depends a lot on the group.

    March 14, 2013

  • Russell

    You can try. As it is an all day event, you might need a large club or other form of coercion of your choice. I think i have the settings set to allow up to 2 guests, so feel free to add up to 2 husbands. Go to "Change RSVP" and add a guest.

    February 22, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Actually what happened was I remembered that it was the weekend that my son is coming to visit from out of town and he doesn't like to hike. Sorry, Maybe I will hike next time.

      February 24, 2013

    • marcia

      any idea how long the entire hike will be (ie: 10-3?). trying to estimate a time of return... thanks!

      March 13, 2013

  • marcia

    Is anyone going from Sebastool?

    March 13, 2013

  • Louise W.

    I'll be at the Rohnert Park car pool spot

    March 11, 2013

  • Amy H.

    Could I bring my husband?

    February 22, 2013

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