Glen Camp

$30/night · Open all year
California > San Francisco Bay Area > Point Reyes National Seashore

Site 10, with sites 3 (barely visible at far left), 4, and 9 in the background

Glen Camp is a backpacking camp in an sheltered meadow surrounded by lush coastal woodland, 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.

The camp is the least popular of the four Point Reyes campgrounds, maybe because it’s the only one that doesn’t have any kind of ocean view. However, it still fills up every Saturday night and is pretty busy on Friday nights too, even in winter.

There are 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 campground is very open, so there isn’t a lot of privacy. Even the wooded parts of the camground are still pretty open. 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.

Sites 5 and 6 are the best since they’re in the most attractive, wooded part of the campground and are also the furthest from the toilet. Site 5 also has the most privacy; 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.

After the 2020 Woodward fire, the charcoal grills were removed and new, larger bear boxes installed. No fires are allowed in the camp.

Make reservations at recreation.gov. Click on the Loop column to sort the campsites by campground.

Site 1
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Site 3

Site 4, with site 10 in the background

Site 5 in 2019, with sites 6 (at left) and 7 in the background. The old bear box in this picture has since been replaced and the barbeque grill removed.

Site 6, with site 7 in the background

Site 7

Site 9

Site 11

Site 12


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