Glen Camp is a backpacking camp in an sheltered meadow surrounded by lush coastal woodland. It’s about a 5-mile hike from the Bear Valley trailhead. This is the most attractive part of the Point Reyes interior, with miles of unbroken conifer-carpeted wilderness giving the camp a remarkably remote, backwoodsy feel. It’s less popular than the other Point Reyes camps, but it still fills up every Saturday night and is pretty busy on Friday nights too, even in winter.
This is the only campground in Point Reyes that doesn't have any kind of an ocean view.
The camp has 12 sites: 4 in the meadow, 4 under the trees at the edge of the meadow, and 4 in the woods. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and food locker. There’s potable water and a pit toilet; the drawback of being in a glen is that with the swirling winds, the smell from the toilet sometimes wafts over the entire campground.
The entire campground, even the wooded parts, is very open, so there isn’t a lot of privacy. Site 5 is the exception; while the picnic table is in very open woods and in view of several other campsites, there’s a tent site a few yards away that’s pretty well screened. Site 10 is the worst; it's awkwardly located in the middle of the meadow, right at the junction of the trails to the other campsites.
Make reservations at recreation.gov. Click on the Loop column to sort the campsites by campground.
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