San Jose, California
Pt. Reyes Retreat
Pt. Reyes is “an island in time” and a beautiful place to get away to. We’ll be camping out a few steps from the beach with many trails to explore.
From San Jose, take 280 or 101 North to the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue on Highway 101, exit on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Continue west on Sir Francis Drake to Highway 1. Turn right onto Highway 1, turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Continue on Bear Valley road past the Visitors Center. Turn left on Limantour Road. After a few miles and some spectacular views, turn left on the road to the Hostel. Park on the side of the road at Coast Camp trailhead.
Walk with your camping gear 2.8 miles down the Coast Trail to Coast Camp. We are the group campsite at the far end of the campground. Drive time from San Jose is 3 hours. Parking is included in price of retreat.
Part of the adventure is getting to camp. No vehicles are allowed at any Pt. Reyes campsite, so bring only what you can carry. The 2.8 mile Coast trail is a mostly flat and mostly level dirt road with a few gullies. You can bring a wagon or cart to carry your stuff. Or, if everything is on your back, park up the road a bit at the Laguna trail head parking lot. That trail is narrower and won't handle wagons, but is only 2 miles long.
Saturday at 10 AM we'll have our regular hike. Starting from Coast Camp, we'll head up towards Mt. Whittenberg (but stop shot of the summit). The view is incredible--it's like seeing the Pt. Reyes coast from an airplane. Then we'll walk through oaks, eucalyptus, and pine to a large meadow on Bear Valley Trail for our meeting & lunch. That's only 1/3 of the mileage, but the rest of the hike is fairly level. We'll continue down Bear Valley Trail to Arch Rock on the Pacific Ocean. From the top of the rock you can see Alamere Falls to the south and the northern Pt. Reyes peninsula to the north. After resting at Arch Rock, we'll mosey up Coast Trail along the coast (duh) and back to camp.
There's lots of other trails to explore. If you arrive early or stay late, plan on hiking a few miles to see more sights. Do hike with a friend; an addict alone is in bad company, and it's good practice to have company on the trails. We'll do an easy Level 1 Sunset hike along the beach Friday at 7 PM.
Saturday is a Level 3 hike, about 8 miles and 700 feet elevation change.
Even though this is Spring in Marin, please wear plenty of layers, some waterproof. We will be out in the open and right on the ocean. Plan for wind, fog, and rain; they are all possible, though sunshine is just as likely.
We can have up to 25 campers. Advance tickets are $10 and are required for the retreat. See the retreat host or Wild Recovery Treasurer for tickets. If you come out just for the hike and are not staying overnight, entrance to the park and parking are free.
For more information about the retreat, check back here for updates, or contact your host, David R. For more information about Pt. Reyes, start with our Trail Maps and Park Info webpage. If you're new to Wild Recovery or the outdoors, find out What to Wear and Bring.
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New: Forecast for Friday 5/19/06 is 20% chance of showers, otherwise mostly cloudy, chance of thunderstorms in afternoon.