Among all the Point Reyes national seashore campgrounds, Wildcat is arguably one of the more impressive ones, as it is a very convenient spot to experience Point Reyes’ most popular attraction, the Alamere Falls, a stunning waterfall found deep within the Phillip Burton Wilderness. Water cascades down from an impressive 40-foot-tall cliff, onto the southern part of Wildcat Beach. Being a tourist attraction magnet, it’s no surprise that booking the Wildcat Camp is quite difficult to do, as it is always fully booked. With no trees or hills surrounding it, the campsite is a completely open field, however the tents are well separated and evenly spaced out from each other, so privacy will be no issue here either, especially with the 4-foot-tall scrub helping divide everyone. There are fewer sites here than in the other spots, a total of four regular sites, which also explains why it is so hard to get reservations.
What’s so great about the Wildcat Camp is that it is right next door to the Pacific Ocean, almost as if you’ll be camping on the water itself, just a mere 2 miles away! The ultimate Point Reyes Camping experience. The site can be accessed from three different trails: The Bear Valley trail, which is considered to be the easiest and most convenient trail to take, since you already need to come to the Bear Valley visitor center to get things sorted out for your adventure, it is a 6.6 mile and 1100 feet of hiking up the Glen Trail.
The second option is the Five Brooks Trailhead, 6.0 miles and 1370 feet of climbing through the Greenpicker Trail, this one is supposed to be a bit of a more difficult hike than the others, but quite pleasant nonetheless, as there are fewer people using this trail.
The last trail available is the Palomarin Trailhead, the easiest yet most crowded trail of all. 5.8 miles and 1060 feet of climbing each way up the Coast Trail, if you don’t mind busy routes, this trail is a walk in the park, offering great ocean views along the way. Whichever one you decide to take is completely up to you!