Trail Mavens


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.

Point reyes backpacking
june 4-5

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Make sure you read our FAQ for juicy details that are relevant to all our trips!

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary Summary


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

+ 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!


Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area on Friday and departing no earlier than 10pm Sunday night, or Monday morning.

+ payment plans

We don't want finances ever to be the thing that gets in the way of your coming on a Trail Mavens trip. With that in mind, we offer installment plans, so you can spread out trip payment over three months. Sound appealing? Email and we'll get you set up.

+ 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.

Trip Investment: $385


Additional questions? Just email, or call 415-890-3470.