Wildcat Campground is a small hike-in campground located in Point Reyes National Seashore near Wildcat Beach in a grassy meadow on a bluff which overlooks the ocean. A small stream that flows into the ocean on the outskirts of the campground, and the nearby Alamere Falls is an amazing 40-foot waterfall, located just a short hike down the beach. Wildcat Camp is accessible from the many miles of trails that criss-cross Point Reyes, but the quickest way to get to it is a 5.6 mile hike on the Coast Trail.
There are five single campsites, and three group campsites at Wildcat Campground. Each campsite has a picnic table and food locker, as well as access to vault toilets. Camping at Wildcat Camp is a backpacking experience, you will need to bring all of your supplies with you including water, and pack out all of your trash. Wood burning and campfires are not allowed in Point Reyes National Seashore, however each campsite comes with a barbecue grill that can be used with charcoal. Alternatively you can use a gas camping stove. Pets are not allowed at Wildcat Camp. A backcountry permit must be obtained in person, prior to camping, from the Bear Valley Visitor’s Center.
Wildcat Campground – Bottom Line
Wildcat Camp is a great backpacking destination for the Bay Area. Depending on which trail you start your camping adventure on, you can either hike just over five miles, or ten to get to the campground, the shortest route is to take Coast Trail from Palomarin. There is not much to the campsites at Wildcat Camp, most of which are just a simple clearing in the meadow, with a table an food locker. There are no trees at Wildcat Camp, and thus no shade, so be prepared for some sun if you go. The beach is easily accessible from all of the campsites, and the walk to Alamere Falls is definitely worth it. The best time to go to Wildcat Camp is early spring, as it is largely empty during this time, and the weather is just warm enough to camp.
The best campsites are 5, 6, and 7, as they are located away from the group campsites up on the bluff that overlooks the ocean, providing some great ocean views. The worst campsites are 4 and 8, and if both are occupied neither would have any privacy. For some reason these two campsites are within feet of each other, as if it was a group campsite that they split in half.
The bottom line on Wildcat Camp, is if you are looking for a relatively easy backpacking experience at the beach, this is a great place. If you are looking for a shaded, wooded campground, this is not it, try Glenn Camp, which is also in Point Reyes.
Wildcat Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||8 campsites – 3 group campsites & 5 individual campsites|
|Drinking Water:||Non dependable – Bring your own water|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||37.970428, -122.790464|
|Nearest City/Town:||Point Reyes Station, California|
|Location:||Marin County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||No|
|Proximity to Stores:||Point Reyes Station, CA is about 12 miles away|
|Directions:||From Highway 101 in Marin take the Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo exit and drive to the town of Olema, which is about 20 miles away on Highway 1. Turn left onto Highway 1 and drive about 9 miles to Olema-Bolinas Road, and turn right and then drive a further 1.5 miles to Mesa Road and turn right. Drive for 6 miles to the parking area at Palomarin Trailhead. To access Wildcat Camp, hike 5.6 miles on the Coast Trail.|
|Web:||Point Reyes National Seashore Campgrounds Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Friday 01/18 10%
High 60° / Low 51°
Generally cloudy. High around 60F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 01/19 20%
High 59° / Low 52°
Cloudy. High 59F. Winds light and variable.
Sunday 01/20 90%
High 55° / Low 46°
Periods of rain. High near 55F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Monday 01/21 10%
High 56° / Low 44°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 56F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 01/22 0%
High 58° / Low 45°
Partly cloudy skies. High 58F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 01/23 0%
High 60° / Low 48°
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High around 60F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
Hiking – There are miles and miles of hiking trails in Point Reyes National Seashore that are reachable from Wildcat Camp.