Coast Campground

A picnic table and food storage locker in a grassy campsite amongst shrub covered hills.
One of beautiful sites at Coast Camp, in close proximity to Santa Maria Beach.

NPS/A. Kopshever

 
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Looking down at a few campsites in a small grassy seaside valley surrounded by shrub-covered hills.
Looking west at Coast Campground, Drakes Bay, and the Point Reyes Headlands from the Coast Trail.

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Sites available for reservations through Recreation.gov three (3) months to the day in advance: Regular sites #1, #4, #6, #10, #12, & #14 and Group sites #8 & #13

Sites available for reservations through Recreation.gov 14 days in advance: Regular sites #2, #3, #5, #7, & #11

Regular site #9 becomes available most mornings ~9:30 am for one-night, same-day reservations through Recreation.gov (not in-person at the Bear Valley Visitor Center).

 

Hiking Routes to Coast Campground

For the shortest approach to Coast Campground on solid ground, start at the Laguna Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0434, -122.8585). Drive 9.4 km (5.9 miles) along Limantour Road until you reach the Laguna Road junction, which is signed for Hostel and Education Center (if you are using Google Maps, please be aware that this road is mislabeled as "Limantour Spit Rd"). Turn left and drive 0.8 km (0.5 miles) to the Laguna Trailhead. If the Laguna Trailhead parking lot is full, there is overflow parking on the south side of the access road before you reach the turn to cross a bridge that leads into the Laguna Trailhead parking lot. Please make sure that your vehicle is completely off the pavement of this narrow, one-lane access road to allow passage by emergency vehicles. From the Laguna Trailhead, you can hike to Coast Campground via the Laguna and Firelane Trails climbing over a 120-meter-tall (400-foot-tall) ridge. This route is 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) long, but is closed to bicycles and other wheeled devices since it passes through Wilderness. There is also a vernal pool through which the trail passes near the ridgecrest. This vernal pool is frequently filled with water in the winter and spring, so expect to get your feet wet if you are hiking this route during the "rainy season."

To keep your feet dry (or at least drier) during the "rainy season," you will want to follow the Coast Trail from the Coast Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0438, -122.8636), which is located on the south side of Laguna Road (if you are using Google Maps, please be aware that this road is mislabeled as "Limantour Spit Rd") just west of the hostel. DO NOT park in the hostel parking lot or anywhere on the north side of Laguna Road; parking is allowed on the south side of Laguna Road. Please make sure that your vehicle is completely off the pavement of this narrow, one-lane access road to allow passage by emergency vehicles. The Coast Trail offers an easy, flat 4.3 km (2.7 miles) route.

If you'd prefer to hike on a beach to get to Coast Campground, drive to Limantour Beach, but do not park in the large, gravel day-use-only parking lot; just before you reach the main parking lot, there is a spur road that branches off to the east. Drive 0.6 km (0.4 miles) along this spur road to a small, paved parking lot (geographic coordinates: 38.0262, -122.8769) and park in one of the designated parking spots. Overnight parking is permitted in this lot for those that have current and valid backcountry camping reservations. From here, hike along the path to the beach and turn left to walk east on the beach for 2.2 km (1.4 miles) until you arrive at the beach access path descending down from Coast Campground.

Or, if you'd prefer a hike that is closer to 6.4 km (4 miles), park at the Sky Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0549, -122.8381) along Limantour Road and hike to Coast Campground via the Laguna or Fire Lane Trails. Both of these routes descend from an elevation of ~200 meters (~670 feet) near Inverness Ridge's crest.

If you are interested in a longer hike, park at the Bear Valley Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0398, -122.7994) to hike up and over Inverness Ridge.

Overnight parking is available in the gravel parking lot near the trailhead; do not park in the paved lot near the visitor center. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the trailhead parking lot relative to the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

There are a variety of options to hike from Bear Valley to Coast Campground, with the shortest being about 9.6 kilometers (6 miles) long. The highest elevation along: the Mount Wittenberg Trail is ~400 meters (~1300 feet); the Meadow Trail is ~325 meters (1075 feet); and the Horse Trail is ~333 meters (1100 feet).

There is only one route to Coast Campground open to bicycles and other non-motorized wheeled devices, like wagons. Follow the Coast Trail from the Coast Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0438, -122.8636), which is located just west of the hostel. The Coast Trail offers an easy, flat 4.3 km (2.7 miles) ride on dirt and gravel substrate.
 

Last updated: September 2, 2022

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956

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415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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