Guided Hiking

& Backpacking

Explore Point Reyes the classic way – on foot!

Hiking is a wonderful way to experience nature 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.

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 abundan.  The first 3 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 9.5 mile round trip journey to the Point is worth it, for the view is unparalleled.

For thousands of years Tule Elk roamed the peninsula freely and in large numbers, but hunting and ranching decimated their numbers 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, 2600 acres 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 an exceptional attraction to the area, but certainly not the only one.  The open terrain offers breathtaking vistas of the rugged California coastline.  In the winter and spring, wildflowers are in bloom, and their scents and colors surround us.  Migrating birds and raptors take stage In the fall.  The Reserve is always surprising in its diversity and abundance of wildlife.

Midday we will find an inviting spot for our scrumptious picnic prepared locally using 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.

Please contact us if you have any special dietary needs.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Early afternoon: meet at trailhead
  • After introductions and setting up, begin the hike
  • This is an out and back hike, approximately 9.5 miles
  • 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
  • This area 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 is 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!

Price per person: Please call for more information and to reserve.

Coast Camp Backpacking Trip

When: Thursday May 17th – Friday May 18th, 2018  (We can accommodate a group of 5 people)

Additional midweek dates may be available, please contact us for a custom tour.

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. This trip is suitable for beginners, and we will help prepare you prior to the trip.

Coast Camp is a beautiful campground in a small grassy valley near the shore. 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.

This midweek trip will be ideal for enjoying a tranquil experience. We will avoid the weekend crowds and have the best chance at seeing wildlife. This trip is timed to coincide with a very low tide, which will allow us to explore seldom-seen stretches of the intertidal zone.

Sample Itinerary:

DAY 1

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

DAY 2

  • Breakfast prepared by your guide
  • Morning intertidal zone walk on the beach
  • Pack up camp
  • Hike approximately two miles to the trailhead, arrive at trailhead in the afternoon

Extra info:

  • No campfires are allowed at this campground
  • Pit toilets and drinking water is available
  • You provide a lunch for the first day, and snacks
  • Your guide will prepare dinner and breakfast to your preferences
  • You will receive a recommended gear list when you register

Price per person: Please call for more information and to reserve.