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 kayak camping
may 21-22

Boat-in camping is unlike anything else you've ever done. There's nothing quite like paddling a mile across a stunning bay, hopping out of a kayak into ankle-deep water, and pulling your vessel onto a sandy beach that's only accessible the way you just got there. The Tomales Bay side of Point Reyes is one of the most ethereally beautiful destinations we visit, a stunning setting for you to hone your own skills, deeply connect with other amazing women, and spend some quality time with the most important person in your life: you. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the bioluminescence, too. If the night is dark enough, we'll be able to wave our fingers underwater and see them sparkle.

adventure type:

kayak camping

activity rating:

moderate, no previous
kayaking experience required

Trip Highlights

  • Fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping just outside your tent
  • Spot cormorants, pelicans, ospreys, seals, tiger sharks, and bat rays as we cross Tomales Bay and explore the ins & outs and beaches of the interior coastline
  • Be dazzled by nighttime bioluminescence
  • Teach and learn camp set-up and break-down, open-top sea kayaking, fire-starting, camp cooking, and Leave No Trace principles
  • Hang and learn with a posse of inspiring women
  • Relax and unplug without emails or texts to distract you from you
  • A portion of your registration goes to Point Reyes National Seashore, to preserve and protect it for future generations


Make sure you read our FAQ for juicy details that are relevant to all our trips! You'll find answers to questions like, 'How big are these trips, anyway?' 'Is it weird if I sign up by myself?' 'What if I'm the slowest hiker / learner / kayaker?' 

Itinerary Summary


8:00am departure from San Francisco and carpool to Marshall, kayak outfitting, paddle across world-famous Tomales Bay, afternoon hike or kayak exploration of neighboring beaches, down time for you, Outdoor Skills 'office hours', dinner, beach bonfire, s'mores, revelry, and one last paddle to see if we can spot the bioluminescence twinkling beneath our kayaks.


Leisurely breakfast, camp break-down, paddle to Marshall. Picnic lunch and closing ceremonies at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, and return to SF mid-afternoon, pending traffic.

* Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.


  • Point Reyes campsite, permit fees, and tandem kayak rental
  • Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation
  • Meals: Saturday lunch/dinner; Sunday breakfast; snacks, wine, and bourbon for sipping in the moonlight
  • Shared items: tents, maps, stoves, cookware, fuel, camp chairs, and basic First Aid from a WFR-certified guide
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpacking cup/bowl/spork, and headlamp are provided at no additional cost for any woman who does not have her own


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.

+ bathrooms and hygiene

Our campsite on the west shore of Tomales Bay features pit toilets, and no running water. That's right, we're carrying all our own water over on our kayaks, about a gallon per person. (We're hardcore like that.) We'll use our fresh water to drink, cook, and wash our hands. We recommend taking a dip in Tomales Bay if you want to get all-the-way wet!

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 Trail Maven should plan on bringing the following:

  • Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp with new batteries or spares
  • 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 2L capacity
  • Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses
  • Health insurance card & ID
  • Tampons/pads as needed
  • Toothbrush/mini toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Glasses/contacts with solution
  • A pen
  • Trail Mavens alumnae only: previous Field Notes
  • Optional: lightweight backpacking pillow, small bottle hand sanitizer, earplugs, lightweight sandals for hanging out at our campsite, camera, bandana to keep sun off your neck

Items in bold will be provided at no additional cost for any woman who needs them.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Marshall. For trip participants departing from San Francisco and Oakland, Trail Mavens will make every effort to coordinate carpools departing from REI San Francisco. Each passenger will contribute to their driver to cover 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.


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 texting 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


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

+ Gift certificates

Want to give this trip as a gift? Trail Mavens gift certificates are available here.

+ 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: $405 (early bird), $425 (after APRIL 21)

Additional questions? Email, or call 415-265-5062.