Trail Mavens

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR URBAN WOMEN

Skill-based camping and backpacking trips for groups of extraordinary women. Ready to build fires, read maps, pitch tents, hike, laugh, and drink wine around the campfire? Join one of our weekend adventures.

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adventure details

Where & when

trip location: point reyes national seashore, palomarin trailhead & coast trail

trip date/time: 10am wednesday, august 16 - 5pm thursday, august 17



backpacking & activities

WEDNESDAY

  • 10am meetup at Mesa Park for introductions, Opening Ceremonies, gear packing, and backpack fitting
  • 6 mile hike along gorgeous Coastal Trail to Wildcat Camp, including a jaunt to the famed Bass Lake*
  • Picnic lunch at Bass Lake, with [optional] freshwater swimming
  • Campsite setup, beach exploration, sunset-watching and happy hour
  • Master the Pocket Rocket and Whisperlite and talk nitty-gritty around camp cooking (so you can impress your friends with your Iron Chef skills on your next adventure)
  • Dinner prep and eating, wine, talking, and stargazing

    *Click here for a map and distance/elevation profile.

THURSDAY

  • Early morning coffee, tea, or hobo mochas
  • Beachfront walk to Alamere Falls (we'll be there way before the masses of day hikers show up, and get it to ourselves)
  • Hearty breakfast and camp break-down
  • Return hike via the Coastal Trail - it is the prettiest one in the park, after all - retracing our steps from yesterday
  • Champagne toast & Closing Ceremonies at Mesa Park, and return to San Francisco* 

    *Exact return time depending on traffic and hiking speed, but plan on an early evening arrival.

GUIDES RESERVE THE OPTION TO MODIFY TRIP ITINERARIES AS NECESSARY DUE TO WEATHER, ILLNESS, INJURY OR OTHER UNFORESEEN INCIDENTS.


our campsite

Backcountry campsites in Point Reyes are relatively plush, with potable water, trash receptacles, and pit toilets, so you won't be pooping in the woods. We will, however, teach you proper woods-pooping protocol, so you're ready when it happens.

No need to change your plans because of your period. Period. For more detailed info on managing your time of the month in the outdoors, we recommend these posts by Snowqueen and Scout and REI.


Packing List

Each Maven should plan on bringing:

  • Water bottles or bladder with a minimum 2L capacity
  • Feminine hygiene products as needed
  • Toothbrush/mini toothpaste/small bottle sunscreen/small bottle bug spray
  • Personal medications
  • Glasses/contacts with solution
  • A pen
  • Optional: lightweight pillow, pack towel (if you plan to swim), earplugs, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck, small bottle hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping bag rated at 35° or colder
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries/spares
  • 55L backpack (or larger) with rain fly
  • Backpacking mug & spork
     
  • Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing Trail Mavens sleeping bag)
  • Personal clothing (see below)
  • Sturdy, broken-in walking/hiking shoes
  • Health insurance card & ID
  • Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses


Items in bold will be provided for those women who indicated they needed them during registration. 

SHARED ITEMS, PROVIDED BY TRAIL MAVENS: Tents, lanterns, food and wine, stoves, fuel, cookware, camp chairs, utensils, firewood and basic First Aid. 


Clothing

This trip is a great opportunity to practice your minimalist packing skills! We recommend the following:

TO WEAR ON FRIDAY

  • Hiking pants or leggings 
  • Synthetic short sleeved shirt
  • Synthetic long-sleeved shirt
  • Midweight fleece or wool layer (you'll take this off as soon as we start hiking)
  • One pair warm wool/synthetic socks 
  • One pair underwear
  • One bra
  • Sun hat/sunglasses

PACKED IN YOUR BAG

  • One pair long pants for warmth at night (we love fleece pants as a warm layer over leggings)
  • Soft cotton tee to sleep in
  • Heavy fleece or down puffy for warmth at night
  • Waterproof outerwear for warmth at night, and in case of rain
  • Swimsuit 
  • One pair warm wool/synthetic socks 
  • One pair underwear
  • Warm hat and lightweight gloves

questions about packing?

email sasha@trailmavens.com