Backpack to Point Reyes' Wildcat Camp

Palomarin Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Miranda Leconte

Permits are required! Check http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyo... for more info on getting permits and regulations regarding the campground. The campground is located on an open meadow on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The distance and view make this a great backpacking trip for novice and experienced backpackers alike.

In order to make this trip possible, go to recreation.gov and make a reservation for Wildcat Camp (available year-round). On your way to the trailhead, make sure to stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center to grab your camping permit. For more information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/camping.htm.

Getting there from the Bear Valley Visitor Center is easy- follow HWY 1 south for 9 miles and turn right onto Olema-Bolinas Rd. Keep left to stay on Olema-Bolinas Rd, turn right onto Mesa Rd until you reach the parking lot at the end of the road. You'll begin by wandering through a eucalyptus grove and emerging onto numerous bluffs overlooking the ocean. This hike will hug the coastline for miles while snaking its way through densely packed flora and hidden coastal lakes. Watch for poison oak- it's hidden all along the trail.

Elevation/Mileage: Wildcat Camp is 5.7 from the Palomarin Trailhead. When you're back at your car after your trip, you'll have hiked 1,945ft of elevation change over the course of 11.4 miles.

Additional Details:

  • Each site is equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill, and a bear locker
  • Campground has two bathrooms, garbage cans, and potable water
  • No campfires or dogs allowed
  • 5 minute walk to the beach from camp
  • 2 mile roundtrip hike along the beach to Alamere Falls from camp
Distance

11.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1945 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Nature porn!

We camped here in March 2015 and there was perfect weather for the hike in/out. If you are hoping to see some wildlife this is the place to be! Saw whales from our campsite and later watched them feeding just offshore from the lookout point down the trail. There was a red tailed hawk hunting above our camp that caught a snake. Ospreys were nesting nearby. A harbor seal followed us (in the water) as we walked down the beach to Alamere falls. In the middle of the night we woke to the eerily beautiful sound of coyotes echoing off the hills. Also, a big thank you to whoever the angel was that left us cold beer in the food locker.

Added to my next To Do List! What time during the year would you advice is best??

Find a camp site that hasn't been booked months is advance is a huge challenge. Anyone have any tips on grabbing a campsite as a walk-in?

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