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
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
While you are ultimately responsible for your comfort and safety, I also request that you are prepared. This includes:
- Plenty of water!
- Plenty of nourishment.
- Sun protection. Sunscreen etc.
- Protection from cold. Warm clothing in layers, appropriate socks, rain gear, emergency blanket,
- First-aid supplies.
- Sturdy footwear
- Anything else you will require to ensure your own and guest(s) personal comfort and safety.
I also request that you
- Are courteous and respectful of others.
- Bring a positive attitude and open mind.
- Take responsibility for yourself.
- Respect the land we hike through.
- Come ready for a good day.
Hope to see you there!