Best Backpacking in San Francisco

Looking for the best backpacking in San Francisco? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Francisco. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Camp on Angel Island

    Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch. Now, it’s one of the closest places to escape from the hustle of San Francisco ...

  • Backpack to Point Reyes' Wildcat Camp

    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 infor...

    11.4 miles 1945 ft gain

  • Backpack the Glen Camp Loop via the Palomarin Trailhead

    Day 1 Before heading to the trailhead, make sure to stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center to pick up your permit. To stay overnight in Point Reyes, you must stay at one of the trail camps.   Camping anywhere else in the park is not allowed.   Per...

    17.13 miles 3837 ft gain

  • Backpack to Coast Camp in Point Reyes via Palomarin Trailhead

    Spanning from just north of the small town of Bolinas (about an hour north of San Francisco) across Inverness ridge and to the top of Tomales Point, Point Reyes National Seashore is as stunning park featuring breathtaking ocean views and solitude ...

    20.5 miles 2705 ft gain

  • Backpack the Bear Valley to Coast Camp Loop

    Permit and Trail Camp InfoTo stay overnight in Point Reyes, you must stay at one of the Trail Camps.   Camping anywhere else in the park is not allowed.   Permits for the Trail Camps can be booked up to 6 months in advance.  If you are looking to ...

    15.09 miles 2834 ft gain

  • Hike the Sky Trail in Point Reyes

    Sky Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore is a dramatic, mostly single-track trail that runs along the main spine of the Inverness Ridge and across highest mountains in Point Reyes, looming above the Olema Valley and Highway 1 which mark the San ...

    11 miles 1250 ft gain

  • Backpack to Sky Campground in Point Reyes National Seashore

    Entering Point Reyes National Seashore from Bear Valley Road the Sky Trailhead is a 4.9 mile drive.  Camping in Sky Camp requires a Camping Permit.  You can get one at Recreation.Gov or reserveamerica.com.  Getting a Permit in person at a visitors...

    2.2 miles 185 ft gain

  • Backpack to Pt. Reyes' Coast Campground

    This campground is the closest you can get to staying overnight on Pt. Reyes coastline if you're backpacking in. Once you get there, enjoy the view!The easiest way to get to the camp is from the slightly uphill hike along the Laguna Trail and the ...

    3.6 miles

  • Backpack Sam McDonald Park

    The Pescadero Creek Park Complex is a great place to escape for a day or overnight hike in the heart of the Bay Area. You will need to get a permit to stay overnight - these can be attained on a first-come, first-serve basis from the ranger statio...

    6 miles

  • Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

    Located deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park boasts a large redwood canyon with many miles of hiking trails as well as campsites. This state park is one of the quietest and least visited parks on the peninsula making a perfect p...

    11.7 miles

  • Hike to Little Yosemite in the Sunol

    Please note this is a fragile ecosystem and watershed. There is NO swimming allowed in Alameda Creek and trespassing is prohibited on Water Department lands that are not accessible to the public. You can learn more about the restrictions and the a...

    4 miles

  • Backpack the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

    Want to experience one of the bay area's most memorable backpacking trips? We've got the details to get you out on the trail.To start the trek, drop your car at the Castle Rock State Park Parking Lot, which is located ~2.5 miles south of the junct...

    30.8 miles