Hike Date: March 12-14, 2007
Distance: ~ 25 miles
Trail(s): Coast Trail, Crystal Springs Trail
Where’s it at? Marin Headlands. Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Rich and I took a backpacking trip in Pt. Reyes National Seashore early on in March 2007. We spent two nights and three days there. To do the trip we took you have to have two cars, one for shuttling you back at the end of the trip. It also prevents you from having to hike back on the same trail you hike out on.
Our trip started at the trailhead for the Coast Trail. (see map below for the trailhead’s location) It’s a really short hike to the first campsite, if you’re camping at Coast Campground, something like 2.5 miles is all and the terrain is easy. There’s a great beach that you can walk down to from the campsite and that’s where we spent the evening on day 1.
The next morning we took a fairly tiring hike to Wildcat Campground along the Coast Trail. Beautiful beach views throughout the journey as well as a few bridge crossings. There is one portion that is just a steep climb up a large hill which was fairly tiring with a backpack on. After around 8-10 miles we descended to the flats that are Wildcat Campground.
The trail back was 3 combined: RIdge Trail, Stewart Trail and Greenpicker Trail which led back to car #2 parked at the Five Brooks Trailhead. It offered a more coastal forested journey back with appreciated new scenery and a little shade.
There is water and picnic tables at the campgrounds with required designated sites and permits. One word of warning is that if and when it is foggy, this area will definitely be socked in. We spent an hour each morning waiting for our equipment to dry out a bit before packing it away. Oh, and bring your sunscreen.