Wildcat Camp is really scenic and convenient to Point Reyes’ most popular atttraction, Alamere Falls, but it only has 4 regular sites, making it really difficult to book. It’s in an open field on top of a seaside bluff and is filled with the crash of the surf. Although the camp is completely open, with no trees at all, most of the sites are well separated and have good privacy thanks to the 4-foot-tall scrub that fills the field. A low rise blocks most of the ocean view.
Each site has a charcoal grill (no wood campfires are allowed), a food locker, and a picnic table. There’s a vault toilet, trash containers, and “usually” potable water.
The camp can be reached from three different trailheads:
Although this is the most remote camp in Point Reyes, the area can be fairly busy; on weekends people walk by every few minutes on their way to Alamere Falls.
There are only four regular sites, so unless you can visit midweek or have a group of more than 6 campers, Wildcat Camp is really difficult to book. You’re not supposed to book a group site if you have 6 or fewer campers, and you’re not supposed to book multiple regular sites for a single group.
The best side trip from Wildcat is the walk down the beach to Alamere Falls, which is only possible at low tide. The beach gets progressively narrower as you approach the falls. The narrowest spot is just before the falls, where the cliff juts out into the ocean. Depending the surf, the tide has to be below about 2 feet to get past this point; even then the surf could be breaking against the cliffs. People dash past between waves.
Site 1 is a group site for 7–25 people. It has the least privacy, since it’s right on the trail to the bathroom in the middle of the camp.
Site 2 is a group site. It doesn't have a lot of privacy since it's near the vault toilet and the dirt access road.
Site 3 is the best and most isolated of the group sites.
Sites 4 and 8 are the least desirable since they’re right next to each other. Only site 4 can be reserved online; site 8 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. These are the only sites that can accomodate up to 6 people.
Site 5 is the most private; it’s so secluded that it’s a little hard to find. Look for a long, faint trail that starts at the hitching rails. From the site, an unofficial trail continues to the edge of the bluff and a view of the ocean; however, the view isn’t as dramatic as the view from site 6. It’s a long narrow site that accomodates 2 tents and 1–4 people.
Site 6 has good privacy and accomodates 1–4 people. It’s the most sought-after site, as it has an unofficial trail that leads to the edge of the bluff, where there’s a little clearing in the scrub with a rather spectacular ocean view. Some people put their tents right at the edge of the bluff to take advantage of the million-dollar ocean views, but it’s not actually allowed to put tents there; they’re supposed to be within 20 feet of the picnic table. Also, the Point Reyes bluffs are made out of sandstone and have a tendency to collapse.
Site 7 is also near the bluff, but it only has a bit of an ocean view, and even that is visible only if you stand up to see over the scrub. However, it's a nice location with good privacy. There’s only room for one tent.
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