Point Reyes Bike Camping

 

We suggest Point Reyes as a possible extension for a 2nd night (or long weekend) from Samuel P., the Headlands, or Tennessee Valley.  It's a beautiful and shorter ride out along idyllic California landscape of rolling hills, sunburnt brush, and olive colored oaks, which makes the last bit of climbing way more tolerable.


Sky Camp

SKY: 38 miles north of SF (or alternatively 15 miles from Samuel P. Taylor SP) across GG bridge
directions -  location - official site - camp map - trail map and park guide

One of the most beautiful bike camping locales we've been to.   it's not an easy ride but few of the best things in life are.  Worth the climbing (about 1000' over the 4 miles past the Point Reyes visitors center, along Limantour Road) and the lack of official hiker-biker sites (boo bike unfriendly Fed Gov't, but usually easy to secure reservations at this hidden gem) for the stunning view of Point Reyes and the ocean and the tranquility of being away from cars and roads, since it's a hike in/bike in campsite only.  You arrive at a small parking lot, then ride on dirt the last 3/4 mile to camp. This is a great place to do some hiking with a couple of fun trails full of varied flora and fauna, down to the endless, stunning beach of the Point with tide pools, cliffs, and splendor in spades.  No fancy facilities, so pack wet wipes, and be prepared to walk a quarter of a mile to the water spigot.  No campfires, but they do have grills.  Definitely going to make a point of grilling the next time we're there.  See camp map, we've stayed at sites #9 and #11, both private with excellent ocean views. 


Glen Camp

At the end of your ride along Sir Frances Drake, you cut left (no need to stop at the visitors center) for around two miles of rolling hills until you reach an equestrian campsite at the Five Brooks trailhead. It's a sight: full of cowboys BBQing and drinking Budweiser in their western finery.  Cut through the camp to a fire road trail and then it's wide uphill dirt track for 4 miles or so to Glen Camp.  It's not for the faint of heart or skinny tires, but it's an exhilarating journey, that puts you into a tranquil, grassy glen with some great campsites tucked away in the trees.  Facilities are similar to Sky Camp.  They have great grills and lots of branches, so plan on cooking over the open flames.  Sites 5, 6, 7 and 8 are the best and most private, so try to reserve them if you can.  On the way back, you can cut out to the Point Reyes Visitors center, along some single track.  You'll have to walk parts and be aware of hikers but you'll be delivered to a awesomely beautiful valley that leads you to VC and road that leads back to Sir Frances Drake for the ride back.

 

Food and Groceries

Lagunitas Grocery and Deli - superb deli with great sandwiches, ample beer selection, and lots of groceries.  Our favorite food / drink stop to the Pt. Reyes campsites (but about 10 miles out).  Good prices too.  Open 7:30a - 7p every day.