point reyes backpacking
December 16 - 17
registration deadline: monday, December 11
INSANE OCEAN VIEWS (and the chance to swim in Bass Lake!) as you backpack to Pt. Reyes' most coveted backcountry campsite.
ZERO STRESS around literally any planning. We handle everything from permits to bug spray, so all you have to do is soak in the learning and the fun.
HANDS-ON TRAINING so you can show off your skills next time you pitch a tent (we'll make sure you look like you've been doing it since you were three).
Enough SELF-CARE to get you through any hurdle. Eat gourmet backcountry meals, work your glutes on-trail, and enjoy the brilliance of Mama Nature.
SPACE TO DISCONNECT so you can step away from the day-to-day of urban living, stop, breathe, plant your feet in the group and focus on what’s happening right now.
THE MAVEN FACTOR (i.e. what happens when you mix dynamic, thoughtful, open-hearted women for a weekend outside).
- Early morning meet up in Point Reyes National Seashore
- Trail Mavens Opening Ceremonies, 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.
- Piping hot coffee, tea, or hobo mochas
- Beachfront walk to Alamere Falls (we'll be there way before the hordes 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 Saturday
- Champagne toast, Closing Ceremonies, and return to San Francisco*
*Exact return time depending on traffic and hiking speed, but plan on a mid-afternoon arrival.
Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.
FIRST-TIME TRAIL MAVEN? YOU GOT THIS.
Every single Trail Mavens trip starts with strangers. But don't worry - if you're nervous about not knowing anyone or not being skilled enough, everyone says this before they go.
To feel more confident before signing on, read our FAQs for the info you need.
+ Packing List
- Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
- Sleeping pad
- Headlamp with new batteries or spares
- 60L 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
- Lightweight shoes/sandals for hanging out at our campsite that can be worn with socks (like Crocs/Tevas/Chacos rather than flip-flops)
- Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L 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, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck, small bottle hand sanitizer
Items in bold provided at no additional cost for any woman who does not have her own!
+ bathrooms and hygiene
Backcountry campsites in Point Reyes feature potable water 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.
You're responsible for your own transportation to and from Trail Mavens locations, but we'll help coordinate carpools or shared rentals for women leaving from the same area. Passengers will contribute to owners/drivers to cover the cost of gas and wear & tear, or evenly split the cost of the rental. This cost is not included in your trip investment.
Want even more carpooling details? Check out our Transportation FAQ.
+ OUT OF TOWNER?
Book flights arriving on Friday evening, and departing no earlier than 10pm Sunday night, or Monday morning.
Airbnb is a great choice for lodging in the Bay Area. Your exact departure point will depend on the other women on the trip - we always try to choose carpool meeting locations that are convenient for everyone - but the city of San Francisco is relatively small, and you can get most places in 15-20 minutes with a relatively inexpensive Lyft ride.
IS TRAIL MAVENs FOR YOU?
TRAIL MAVENS IS FOR YOU IF YOU...
... love open, honest, hilarious conversations with other women. Surface stuff is fine at home, but you know the best stuff comes out around the campfire.
... haven't learned how to start the fire, work the stove, or purify water. Get hands-on practice here, with other adventurous women (so you don't have to trial-and-error on your own).
... thrive on being pushed - tenderly and lovingly - outside your comfort zone, because you know that's where the magic happens.
... learn by doing, and feel empowered when given the chance to make suggestions and decisions.
... feel creative, inspired, and happy when you're outside (and you could definitely use a little more of that right now).
OUR ADVENTURES AREN'T FOR YOU IF YOU...
... think getting a little sweaty, dirty, and marshmallow-y sounds gross.
... want everything—dishes, decisions, and dinner—to be done for you.
... don't want to experience the outdoors with a group of rad, like-minded women.
Trip Investment: $385 [$365 Before November 16]
... all Point Reyes National Seashore admission/campsite fees
... guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from a Wilderness First Responder-certified guide, plus access to the collective brilliance of your group
... delicious meals from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, trail snacks, chocolate galore, and wine & whiskey to sip in the moonlight
... all the gear you need, just in case you don't have any; just bring your clothes and a toothbrush
... a donation back to Point Reyes National Seashore, to preserve and protect it for future generations
We don't want finances to ever be the thing that gets in the way of you experiencing 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 email@example.com and we'll get you set up.