Sarahjane Bernhisel

Fabulous Intro to Backpacking

Really wonderful spot. I try to camp at Coast Camp 2x a year if I can! I prefer going in the springtime though because of all the wild iris blooming. I have camped at several Point Reyes campgrounds, but Coast is my favorite, and favorite place to bring first-timers that aren't quite ready to hike in further than 6 miles or so. The trail from the hostel is quite flat and is primed for bike camping, and is 3 miles from where you have parked. The first half is shaded through wooded/boggy areas (Yo, mosquitos), and then the second half is perfect Pacific views. The campground itself has water spigots, grills and picnic tables in each site, and bathrooms. It's also a very short walk down to the beach. All of the beauty of Wildcat Camp, but a much quicker trek. The group campsites have no privacy, but the single sites have a lot of privacy. I'm partial to spot 7 and 3, personally. 7 is VERY private and pretty far from the bathroom (except you frequently have hikers think that the camp trail goes somewhere--it doesn't. It goes to site 7), but 3 has great ocean views. Definitely bring steel wool--the mice are relentless and the people there before you maybe didn't have any, either. Make sure ALL food and anything that may even be slightly odorous is in the food locker. I had a raccoon take a nibble through my tent. Once there, I love going on longer hikes, unburdened. There is also great tidepooling nearby. I last was there in April, and brought someone with me that had shattered her ankle a year and a half prior. She did amazingly! Can't recommend this place enough.