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Beginner backpacking trip at Wildcat Camp & Alamere Falls [Point Reyes]

  • Friday, August 06, 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 08, 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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This is a beginner backpacking trip for those who want to learn how to backpack or get back into backpacking.

We are camping at Wildcat Camp in Point Reyes. The campground is 6.3 miles from the Bear Valley visitor center. It is very close to Alamere Falls so we'll be able to see the falls on this trip as well. We will be hiking quite a bit on this trip to see the various beaches and lakes in the area. Bring your swimsuits! 

The Plan:

Friday: Arrive at Bear Valley visitor center and hike to campsite (6.3 miles, about 3 hours). Set up camp and secure belongings. Have dinner at campsite. Hike to Kelham beach and enjoy the sunset at the beach. We can also have a fire on the beach. Hike back to camp under starlight. Enjoy the peaceful evening with stargazing and conversations.

Saturday: Breakfast at camp and secure belongings. Hike to Alamere Falls for photos and lunch. Hike to and swim in Bass Lake. Hike back to Wildcat beach for more beach time. Return to camp, have dinner, rest and relax with our camp mates. Night hike optional. 

Sunday: Breakfast at camp and pack up. Hike back to Bear Valley visitor center. Go for a picnic and swimming at Stinson Beach.


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Host: Jeremy F

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IMPORTANT: Round-trip transportation costs are not included

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We will provide:

  • Camping Permits
  • Carpool arrangement
  • Guided hikes to Alamere falls, Bass Lake, Wildcat beach, and Kelham beach
  • Primary Water Filtration. You are welcome to bring additional water filters to carry with you.
  • First Aid Kits
  • Toilet Paper, Cooking Supplies, Cleaning Supplies
  • Primary Lighting Sources. We also recommend you bring your own personal lighting source.
  • Insect repellent & Sunscreen
  • Gas for Camping Stoves


These are the essentials. For more details on what to bring see this list. If you don't own a sleeping bag, sleeping pad or hiking pack we encourage you to ask a friend or colleague before buying something new. You can also rent equipment from Sports Basement or REI. 

  • Food. Bring enough for 3 days. Stick to simple meals that require very few ingredients and steps to make. Here's the REI guide for backpacking food. 
  • Water bottle/hydration pack. Bring enough for the hike. There is a potable water source at the campsite. 
  • Tent. We help link people who don't have a tent with those that do. You don't need to buy or own your own tent to join this trip! Just let us know at signup.
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camping Cookware. We only need a certain number of camping pots and pans. If you have one you can bring to help with meals please let us know at signup. You do not need to buy or own your own cookware to join this trip!
  • Camping bowl/plate/cup & utensils
  • Warm Clothes (hat, gloves, thick pants, windbreaker, etc.)
  • Basic toiletries & Prescription Medications
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Backpack
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Swimsuit & Camping Towel. This is optional.

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