Point reyes backpacking
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- Hike Point Reyes' Coastal Trail, arguably the most scenic route in the park
- Play on the beach at Alamere Falls, a rare 'tidefall' - a waterfall flowing directly into the ocean (seriously: this place has higher Yelp reviews than the French Laundry)
- Relive Mariah Carey's 'Always Be My Baby' video and ropeswing your way into Bass Lake, the Bay Area's best freshwater swimming
- Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach just below our campsite
- Learn and practice optimized bag packing, camp set-up and break-down, map reading, backcountry cooking, water treatment, and Leave No Trace principles
- Hang and learn with a posse of inspiring women
- Relax. Unplug. No emails, no cell phones
Morning departure from SF, 9:15am meetup at the Point Reyes Visitors' Center to divide gear and learn backpack packing technique, 5.5 mile hike to Wildcat campsite via Palomarin Trailhead, lunch by Bass Lake with an opportunity to swim, camp setup. Beach games and frolicking, outdoor skills 'office hours,' sunset-watching, dinner and general revelry.
Leisurely breakfast, easy morning walk to Alamere Falls (so we can check it out before the crowds show up), camp break-down, and return hike via the Coast Trail. Closing ceremonies in Stinson Beach and return to SF, exact timing pending traffic and hiking speeds.
* Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.
- Point Reyes National Seashore campsite and permit fees
- Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation
- Meals: Saturday lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch, snacks, wine, and bourbon for sipping in the moonlight
- Shared items: tents, maps, stoves, cookware, fuel, plates, utensils, camp chairs, lanterns, and basic First Aid from a WFR-certified guide
- Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and headlamp are provided at no additional cost for any woman who does not have her own
+ ACCOMMODATIONS & food
You probably already knew this, but we'll be sleeping in two- or three-person tents. You'll share your tent with 1-2 other awesome trip participants.
We are strong believers in delicious food to fuel adventure, and take care to create healthy, tasty menus (think oatmeal and dried berries before a big hike, or couscous and veggies for dinner). We're happy to plan around our vegetarian and vegan Trail Mavens. Gluten-intolerant? We've got you covered! However, because planning gluten-free meals requires us to shift our plans for the entire group, we ask you note it during registration only if it presents a health issue for you, rather than an inclination.
+ Packing List
- Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
- Sleeping pad
- Headlamp with new batteries or spares
- 50L backpack (or larger) with rain fly
- Backpacking bowl/cup/spork
- A sense of adventure
- Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing a Trail Mavens sleeping bag)
- Personal clothing
- Sturdy, broken-in walking/hiking shoes
- Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 1.5L capacity
- Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses
- Health insurance card & ID
- Tampons/pads as needed
- Toothbrush/mini toothpaste
- Personal medications
- Glasses or contacts with solution
- A pen
- (Trail Mavens alumnae only): previous Field Notes
- Optional: hiking poles (esp. if you have knee issues), lightweight backpacking pillow, earplugs, lightweight sandals for hanging out at our campsite, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck
Items in bold provided at no additional cost for any women who does not have her own!
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Point Reyes National Seashore. For trip participants departing from the Bay Area, Trail Mavens will make every effort to coordinate carpools. Each passenger will contribute to their driver to cover park entrance fees, gas, wear, and tear (not included in trip investment).
If no trip participants/insufficient trip participants own cars, Trail Mavens will share contact information so you can band together and split a rental.
+ HEALTH AND SAFETY
We take participant health and risk management very seriously on our trips. All Trail Mavens primary leaders hold Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. In remote destinations, we carry a DeLorme two-way signaling device, allowing us to contact authorities and Trail Mavens HQ in case of emergency. We minimize risk on the trail by keeping groups together while hiking, encouraging everyone to drink water and apply sunscreen, and making sure we're prepared with gear appropriate to our activities. Before registering, please read the terms of conditions of Trail Mavens' release. Any questions about participant health and risk management on our trips? Contact email@example.com.
+ OUT OF TOWNER?
Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area on Friday and departing no earlier than 10pm Sunday night, or Monday morning.
+ cancellation policy
Should you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, Trail Mavens is able to offer refunds at the following rates:
- 21+ days prior to trip departure date: 50% of trip cost refunded.
- 14-20 days prior to trip departure date: 25% of trip cost refunded.
- 0-13 days prior to trip departure: No refunds.