Glen Campground

Dirt paths in a wooded campground lead past a picnic table.
No large group campsites means the Glen Campground often offers the most serenity in Point Reyes' wilderness.

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Dirt paths in a wooded campground lead past a picnic table.
Glen Campground

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Site Availability and Directions

No groups (e.g., parties of more than six people), horses, or pack animals are allowed at Glen Campground.

Sites available for reservations through Recreation.gov three (3) months to the day in advance: #1, #2, #3, #5, #8, & #11

Sites available for reservations through Recreation.gov 14 days in advance: #4, #6, #7, #9, & #12

Site #10 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

There are many potential hiking routes to get to Glen Campground. The shortest hike to this camp starts at the Bear Valley Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 38.0398, -122.7994).

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.

The moderately difficult 7.4-kilometer (4.6-mile) hike through Douglas fir forests travels along the Bear Valley Trail, before branching off on the Glen Trails after 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). After climbing 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) up a small ridge, turn left on the Glen Camp Loop Trail and follow it 1.4 kilometers (0.9 miles) to the campground. For longer hikes, one can branch off of the route described above onto several different trails, such as the Mount Wittenberg, Meadow, Old Pine, and Sky trails, to get to Glen Campground.

There are many potential routes starting at the Five Brooks Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 37.9974, -122.7579)—all of which are strenuous—climbing through Douglas fir forest up and over Fir Top (elevation 404 m / 1,324 feet). For the shortest route (8 kilometers [5 miles]), follow the Stewart Trail 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) to its junction with the Greenpicker Trail. Bear right onto the Greenpicker Trail and follow it 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) to its junction with the Stewart Trail near Fir Top. From Fir Top, follow the Stewart Trail downhill for 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles) to its western junction with Greenpicker Trail and follow Greenpicker Trail for 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) to the Glen Trail-Glen Camp Loop Trail-Greenpicker Trail junction. From this junction, follow Glen Camp Loop Trail downhill for 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles) to Glen Campground. For longer hikes, one can branch off of the route described above onto several different trails to get to Glen Campground.

It is a 12.8 kilometer (8 miles) hike on the Coast Trail, Stewart Trail, and Glen Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 37.9341, -122.7472) to Glen Campground. For the first 8.8 kilometers (5.5 miles) along the Coast Trail to the Stewart Trail at Wildcat Campground, the route passes through alternating coastal scrublands and woodlands, passes by many small lakes and ponds, including Bass Lake, and offers many coastal views. For an alternate route with the same distance, but a couple steeper sections of trail, turn left onto the Ocean Lake Loop Trail after hiking 6.9 kilometers (4.3 miles) along the Coast Trail. After 1.7 kilometers (1.1 miles) the Ocean Lake Loop Trail reconnects with the Coast Trail for the final descent to Wildcat Campground. From Wildcat Campground, follow the Stewart Trail uphill through increasingly denser forest for 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) to Glen Trail, and then bear left onto Glen Trail and head north 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) to to Glen Trail-Glen Camp Loop Trail-Greenpicker Trail junction. From this junction, follow Glen Camp Loop Trail downhill for 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles) to the Glen Campground. For longer hikes, one can branch off of the route described above onto several different trails to get to Glen Campground.

Please be aware that on weekends throughout the year and on many weekdays throughout the summer, the parking lot at the Palomarin Trailhead fills very early in the day. Visitors arriving late in the morning or in the afternoon may be turned away. The park will close the Palomarin area to further entry, potentially for several hours, when there are no more parking spaces available in the parking lot. Please observe all "No Parking" signs. If you wish to visit Alamere Falls or other locations accessed via the Palomarin Trailhead, arrive early, or consider visiting mid-week.

There is only one route to Glen Campground open to bicycles and other non-motorized wheeled devices, like wagons. Start at the Five Brooks Trailhead (geographic coordinates: 37.9974, -122.7579). Follow the Stewart Trail 8.2 kilometers (5.1 miles) through Douglas fir forest up and over Fir Top (elevation 404 m / 1,324 feet) to the Glen Trail, then 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) north to the Glen Camp Loop, and finish by descending 1.1. kilometers (0.7 miles) to Glen Campground. This is a strenuous 10.1 km (6.3 mile) bike ride.
 

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
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