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Hello all,

I'm looking for somewhere to spend a night or 2 near San Francisco.  I only have a short window to go somewhere.  I'll be done with other commitments in Petaluma about 6pm on Sunday May 19, and I have to fly out of Oakland on Tuesday the 21st at about 3pm.  

My original plan was to go out to Yosemite and hike half dome on monday, but the cables aren't up until the week after I go home :(

Anyone know of somewhere else that's nice that I could hike out of and be back to OAK by 1pm on Tuesday?  I've seen some pictures of "The Lost Coast", and that look beautiful, but its about 5 hours out of the city, so I'm not sure about that, I don't want to miss my flight!
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Pt. Reyes? Good for a day (two nights) and a Sunday/Monday combo is probably less popular. Then Tuesday morning hit Muir Woods for a fine dayhike on the way back.
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I just did this in February. I went to a wedding in San Francisco and then went on North to Pt Reyes and hiked five miles into Wildcat camp. You are right there overlooking the beach and then you can hike along the beach to Alamere falls, which flows directly onto the shore.

For what its worth, driving in San Fran was a frickin nightmare, but then as I drove through Marin County I could actually feel the tension leaving my body.


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OBTW: a swing along the Marin Headlands road towards the lighthouse past the various old coastal defense artillary emplacements and back through some lovely woodland is a great drive: the classic San Francisco Bay and San Francisco images are shot from along that road (at the first gun emplacements you reach after leaving 101).

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OBTW: a swing along the Marin Headlands road towards the lighthouse past the various old coastal defense artillary emplacements and back through some lovely woodland is a great drive: the classic San Francisco Bay and San Francisco images are shot from along that road (at the first gun emplacements you reach after leaving 101).

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And the closest backcountry campsites to the City are close by: Hawk Camp, on Wolf Ridge above Gerbode Valley in the Marin Headlands. 3 mile (or so) hike in. Doesn't have as remote a feeling as some of the Point Reyes sites, but there is something very special about camping within sight of the City.

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Thanks for all the idea's!   Wildcat Camp and Alamere falls seem to fit my remoteness requirement, but if I can look out my tent and see the Golden Gate Bridge from Hawk Camp, I think that's the winner for this trip.  

Is Hawk camp actually that close?  

Thanks all for your input!
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Thanks for all the idea's!   Wildcat Camp and Alamere falls seem to fit my remoteness requirement, but if I can look out my tent and see the Golden Gate Bridge from Hawk Camp, I think that's the winner for this trip.  

Is Hawk camp actually that close?  

Thanks all for your input!

Yup, it's that close all right. I could walk out my front door (in SF) and end up at Hawk Camp ~8 or 9 miles later.

Be sure to check for reservations (call the number at the link in my previous comment)--I don't know how quickly it fills up, and Sunday or Monday night shouldn't be too bad, but it's best to be safe.


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They've got some strange hours at the visitors center... 930-430 Sat-Mon.  Guess I'm calling back tomorrow!  

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Ohlone Wilderness?

Actually, you have a better chance at Half Dome when the cables are down - when they go up you have to have a permit.

Sky Camp was my favorite at Pt Reyes...


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