This trip is rated Moderate . On two days of the itinerary, participants will be carrying their own backpacks weighing 35–45 pounds for distances of 7–9 miles over varied terrain including dirt/rock trails and sandy beach. During the middle day of the trip, we leave our heavy gear at camp and hike with only light daypacks for up to 12 miles, with options for shorter hikes. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we strongly encourage participants to be involved in a training regimen at least 2-3 months prior to departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.
Our adventure begins early this morning in San Francisco, where we meet our fellow hikers and guides. After a brief orientation, pack check, and distribution of group gear we head north towards Point Reyes National Seashore. After a short drive through the city, we cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head into the hills and country leaving the hustle and bustle behind. Before entering the park we take a short break in the charming town of Point Reyes Station for a bakery treat (gluten-free and vegan options available). We then pop into Bear Valley Visitor Center for a visit before we hit the trail. Today’s hike takes us on beautifully maintained trails with gentle elevation changes and spectacular views. Our campsite for the next two nights is perched in a valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a short walk from the beach. Tonight we enjoy a hearty meal in camp and, weather permitting, a fire on the beach. A morning snack, lunch, and dinner included.
Backpacking: 7.6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,757’ / -1,864’; Van transfer 1.5 hours
Our morning starts with a delicious guide-prepared breakfast and hot drinks before starting our adventure. Today’s schedule is dictated by the tides and your desire for adventure. We like to start the day with a hike on the beach to Alamere Falls, a true highlight of our adventure. This afternoon we have the option to hike as far as Abalone Point, where we’re rewarded with spectacular views stretching along the whole western coast of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our route to Abalone Point takes us through beautiful hedgerows, alongside picturesque oceanside lakes, and into old growth forest. This evening in camp we take time to relax and unwind. You might enjoy a walk along the beach searching for driftwood, a dip in the ocean, or simply time to watch the sun dip below the horizon. Weather permitting, we gather around a beach fire to reminisce about our adventures before turning in well fed, relaxed and content. All meals included.
Hiking: 2.7 miles round trip to Alamere Falls, Elevation gain/loss: Minimal; Optional hikes: Up to 8.7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: Up to 1,869’
It’s hard to fathom waking in such a picturesque site while being only 30 miles from the heart of San Francisco! After breakfast and hot drinks, we collectively break camp and head back into the rich forests of Point Reyes National Seashore. As our muscles loosen, we quickly shed our morning layers and climb away from the beach into the hills. Our hike takes us through some of the most beautiful and thick forests within the park and finishes back at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, where we take time to clean up and collect borrowed gear. We do our best to have you back at the host hotel by 4:30pm, and recommend booking flights that leave no sooner than 9:00pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
Backpacking: 7.2 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +903’ / -849’