Guided Hiking & Backpacking

Explore Point Reyes the classic way – on foot!

Our hiking tours are a wonderful way to experience the Point Reyes National Seashore with your family and friends. Being disconnected from technology and surrounded by the natural world will allow for total relaxation. As you walk down the trail, your attention will be drawn to the many and varied species flora and fauna. There are breathtaking vistas around every corner just waiting to be experienced.

Your guides will bring a delicious picnic lunch of local delicacies and a wealth of knowledge on the incredible natural history of the area.

HIKING CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS

Tomales Point Tule Elk Hike

Description:

This open ridge top trail through the Tule Elk Preserve offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.  It is also a prime wildlife viewing trail as it is remote and the Tule Elk are abundant.  The first three miles to Lower Pierce Point Ranch are well marked and maintained, but the last stretch can be overgrown with bush lupine and other shrubs, so long pants and long sleeves are a good idea. The unparalled views at the end of the Point makes the 9.5 mile round trip journey well worth it.

For thousands of years Tule elk roamed the peninsula freely and in large numbers, but hunting and ranching decimated their population completely by the mid-1800s.  In 1979, the Point Reyes National Seashore reintroduced a small herd of 8 cows and 2 bulls, creating the Tomales Point Tule Elk Preserve at the tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula.  This reintroduction has been so successful that the herd now numbers over 400.

The Tule elk herd of Tomales Point is a compelling reason to visit the area, but certainly not the only one.  The open terrain offers breathtaking vistas of the rugged California coastline.  Wildflowers are in bloom in the winter and spring, and their scents and colors surround us.  Migrating birds and raptors take the stage In the fall.  The Preserve is always surprising in its diversity and abundance of wildlife.

Midday we will find an inviting spot for our scrumptious picnic prepared with organically grown produce, home baked breads, and local cheeses.  We are excited and honored to incorporate the local flavors of Point Reyes into our tours.

Itinerary:

  • Begin the hike at 10:00 AM at the trailhead
  • This is an out and back hike of approximately 9.5 miles
  • Your guides will present the history of the area and help you search for the abundant flora and fauna
  • We will stop for a delicious picnic lunch in the afternoon

Extra info:

  • Bring plenty of water! None is available at the trailhead
  • Pit toilets are available at the trailhead only
  • This area is very exposed: it can be windy and cool and has no shade from the sun
  • This is a long hike with plenty of ups and downs, but no very steep climbs

What to Bring: (in a daypack)

  • We recommend having several layers, including a windbreaker/shell layer
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended
  • Hiking poles, camera, and binoculars are optional
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or shoes
  • We provide lunch, but extra snacks are recommended
  • An adventurous spirit!

Please INQUIRE or call us at 415-663-8192 for more information and to reserve.

Price per person:  $65 for groups of 6+

Morning Mystery Hike

Description: 

With so many wonderful places to explore in Marin, it is difficult to choose. With this tour, you won’t know where you’re heading until the day before the trip.

The extraordinary vistas in and around Point Reyes are at their best in the soft morning light. This time of day is peaceful and still; there are no big crowds. Making good use of our many years of local knowledge, we will choose a great hike for you to start your day with.

We require a minimum of four people for the trip to go. If you have a smaller group, please get in touch with us. We may be able to combine you with another group. We will have a difficulty rating for each posted hike, so that you can choose the best experience for your group.

About halfway through the trip, we will stop for a break and maybe some photos of the view. We recommend bringing a snack to enjoy.

Please INQUIRE or call us at 415-663-8192 for more information and to reserve.

Price per person:  $65 for groups of 6+

What to Bring: (in a daypack)

  • Hiking poles, camera, and binoculars are optional
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended
  • We recommend having several layers, including a windbreaker/shell layer
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or shoes
  • Bring a tasty snack
  • An adventurous spirit!

Extra info:

  • Bring plenty of water! Most likely none will be available at the trailhead
  • Pit toilets may be available at the trailhead
  • Check each scheduled date for the intensity level.

Itinerary:

  • Early morning: meet your guide at the trail head (start time varies for each trip and can be customized for your group)
  • Enjoy the spectacular views and incredible biodiversity you encounter, with no preconceived ideas to cloud your experience
  • About halfway through, we will stop for a rest, a snack, of course some photos
  • These hikes are midweek only, to avoid crowded trails

    We can arrange a customized tour for groups of four or more.

     

    Guided Backpacking

    Midweek dates may be available, please contact us to set up a tour. Distances, campsites, and number nights are all custom-designed for your group. 

    Groups of 5 are standard, but large groups of up to 24 are also welcome depending on permit availability.

    Description: 

    Join us on a relaxed backpacking trip to the Point Reyes National Seashore! Wildflowers abound during the spring, giving us a remarkable view as we walk to our campsite. These trips are suitable for beginners, and we will help prepare you prior to the trip. Having a guide is a great way to see the highlights of the area and learn about local flora and fauna. 

    Point Reyes has several beautiful hike-in campsites, each with its own charm. The area is rich with wildlife, including Tule elk, shorebirds, and intertidal creatures. Your naturalist guide will assist with preparation, point out the natural features of the area, and ensure group safety and comfort.

    These midweek trips are ideal for enjoying a tranquil experience. We will avoid the weekend crowds and have the best chance at seeing wildlife. 

    Don’t have your own gear? Not a problem! We can help you find equipment to rent.

    Sample Itinerary:

    DAY 1

    • Early afternoon meetup at trailhead
    • After introductions and packing up, hike approximately three miles to Coast Camp
    • Eat lunch, set up camp, explore, relax
    • Dinner prepared by your guide

    DAY 2

    • Breakfast 
    • Morning intertidal zone walk on the beach if desired
    • Pack up camp
    • Hike approximately two miles from the campsite, arrive at trailhead in the afternoon

    Extra info:

    • Beach fires are allowed at some campgrounds
    • Pit toilets and drinking water are available at every site
    • You provide a lunch for the first day, breakfast for the second day, and snacks
    • Your guide will prepare a tasty dinner
    • You will receive a recommended gear list when you register

    Please INQUIRE or call us at 415-663-8192 for more information and to reserve.

    Price per person:  $135 per person for groups of 4+