Point Reyes National Seashore Multisport

Trip Length3 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$1,599 for REI Members
$1,759 for non-members
DeparturesMay 2024-Nov 2024

Experience the wonder & natural beauty of Point Reyes’ unique coastal wilderness from both land & sea on this epic 3-day adventure!

Although close to urban areas, a small step off the beaten path leads the largest and most unspoiled coastal embayment in California. From windswept sandy beaches to thick coastal forests to teeming marine habitats, Point Reyes National Seashore has a bit of magic for everyone.

If you are like us and know that the true beauty of a place must be experienced from many angles to fully appreciate it, this trip is for you. Paddle among the bird & sea life to get up close and personal with the brimming bounty found in Tomales Bay or Drakes Estero, then hike along the elevated open grasslands of Tomales Peninsula to marvel at the Tule elk and rocky outcroppings punctuated with pristine beaches. A sense of wonder will be your constant companion on this 3-day multi-activity adventure. Evening fires and camaraderie with new friends complete this narrative of spectacular nature & revelry.

Vibrant California poppies can begin blooming as early as February and continue all the way through late August some years.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike through the Tule Elk Reserve at Tomales Point
  • Kayak the world renown waters of Point Reyes
  • Enjoy the stunning vistas of the Pacific coastline from the rugged cliffs of Point Reyes
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife, including tule elk, elephant seals, even gray whales (seasonally)!

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. A typical day will consist of 3–5 miles (3–4 hours) of kayaking or 5–9 miles (up to 6 hours) of hiking with adequate breaks for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and meals. Beginners are welcome - it is not necessary to be an experienced kayaker although it is beneficial to have had some previous kayaking or canoeing experience. You should be at ease in a small boat on the open water and know how to swim, although life jackets are required and provided.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Multisport

What's Included

2 nights camping accommodations; professional guide leadership; meals as noted on the daily itinerary; park fees and local taxes; transportation to/from host hotel and trailheads; all group camping equipment.

Accommodations

Camping, 2 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Point Reyes National Seashore Multisport

Important Note

Beginning with our Oct 2024 departures, this trip will operate with a slightly modified itinerary. Please contact us for details.

Day 1

Kayak the waters of Point Reyes

We meet our guides and fellow travelers in the lobby of our host hotel this morning in Oakland, CA. After introductions, we load up and drive north, anticipating our first adventure, kayaking! The waters surrounding Point Reyes are famous for their wildlife and offer an invigorating and immersive experience sure to be a highlight of your trip. We work up an appetite paddling before enjoying a picnic lunch together on a beautiful beach. This afternoon, we return to our put-in and journey to Bear Valley Visitor center, going from sea to forest in our exploration of this multifaceted wilderness via a short hike in the alluring forested hills or the heady educational displays of the visitor center. Then it is off to our campground to set up our home for the next two nights. A delicious dinner and star-filled sky quiet the soul sending us off to sleep and dream of tomorrow’s exploits. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: Up to 1.5 miles; Kayaking: 3–5 miles; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 2

Hike Tomales Point

This morning the kitchen will be a bit quiet as we would be remiss if we did not tempt you with one of the best local bakeries to indulge in their breakfast delicacies. Stomachs satisfied, Tomales Point beckons, where iconic coastal vistas of Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean greet us as we venture along the oft-flowered grasslands of the peninsula. A coastal fog may add some mystery to our morning and a Tule Elk sighting is sure to spice up our day as we traverse their reserve. Along the way, our guides share some human and natural history of the area as it is rich in tales of the local Coast Miwok and European explorers, not to mention the fascinating geology of how this peninsula was formed. The bluffs of Tomales provide the perfect setting to enjoy our lunch before retracing our steps back to the trailhead. We never want days like this to end, but we enjoy our delectable dinner & calming campfire knowing we have one more exciting day of adventure to look forward to. All meals included.

Hiking: 9.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,200'; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 3

Hike to a remote beach & visit a historic lighthouse

After a quick, satisfying breakfast, we break down camp anticipating another full day of exploration. This morning we head to one of the classic loop hikes in the area, the Laguna-Coast loop. From highland to sea is our motto for this beautiful hike, taking in the best of both as a slight ascent from the lush trailhead brings us to a high ridge with great views before we descend to traverse the remote Santa Maria Beach, taking in serene views of picturesque Drakes Bay. Hiking back up the Coast Trail completes our loop and sets us up for a short drive to a scrumptious beach lunch before we head off for some possible sea lion & whale spotting at the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse. So much more to see and do here but alas our time is done. Wanderlust sated and filled with many heartwarming memories, we plan our next trip with the amazing friends we have made as we make our way back to our Oakland host hotel where our incredible adventure began. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 6.3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 570'; Van transfer: 3.5 hours

Itinerary map for Point Reyes National Seashore Multisport

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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Trip specifics may change over time. Reviews reflect the version of the trip that was active at the time the reviewer took it. Please review the itinerary as described above and call our team for any additional details.