Friday, January 28, 2011

Off Season Beach Camping?

Yes, off season beach camping. How cool does that sound?
Think about it, much less crowded and, 
at least here in California (sorry East Coasters) the weather is
pretty much conducive most of the winter.
I got the idea from Kevin Mulvihill who posted his trip on
 Ready Made (that's his sunset).
In Northern California one of the best options
"From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1000 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people."
While the water may be even chillier than summer, 
with a blue sky and water to match, throw in a gorgeous sunset,
toasted dinner, wine and s'mores.
Point Reyes is the real deal when it comes to (gulp)...
backcountry camping, but the trade off would be a hugely rich experience.
Wildcat Campground.
Coast Camp is nestled within a small coastal grassy valley with easy access to the beach and tidepools. The beach is within 200 meters (200 yards) of the campground. 
Glen Camp is a quiet and secluded camp deep within a wooded valley protected from ocean breezes. The shortest hike to this camp is a moderate 7.4 km (4.6 miles) by foot along the Bear Valley Glen Trails. 
Sky Camp is located on the western side of Mt. Wittenberg at an elevation of 310 meters (1025 feet). In clear weather, it has a sweeping view of Point Reyes, Drakes Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.
Wildcat Camp is located in an open meadow on a bluff overlooking the ocean with a short walk to the beach and a 3.2 kilometer (2.0 miles) round-trip walk to Alamere Falls.

Besides these incredible sounding campsites and vistas, 
Point Reyes is a National Park that offers an
whether we actually make for overnight or simply make it a 
fresh air and sensory filled day trip.

Now about that tent...