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Point Reyes National Seashore backpacking trip report (February 2015)

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For three days in February, a friend and I backpacked in the Point Reyes National Seashore, which is about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, California. The park offers hiking, boating, backcountry camping, and boat-in camping opportunities. There is even a hostel in the park!

The hiking was very easy, with mild climbs from sea level to relatively low elevations on well-maintained trails. Overall, the backpacking trip served as a gentle introduction for my friend, who was completely new to the activity. There is no need to find and select a tent site, the water is potable, and bathroom facilities obviate the need to dig catholes. Each campground tent site has a bear box, a picnic table, and a grill.

The weather was mostly foggy for all three days, which kind of killed our photography mojo. Temperatures were very mild, and never went above 70 F and didn’t seem to get below 40 F.

I recommend this park for beginners to backpacking or people testing out gear. While I haven’t backpacked the Lost Coast Trail, this area might also serve as a easy preview, given the apparently similar conditions of humidity, fog, wind, hiking on the beach sand, and keeping an eye on the tide.

For some of the resources I used on this hike, see my Pinboard. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by notatypewriter

2015 February 22 at 8:45 pm

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