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My wife and I are just starting out backpacking. This will be her first over night.

Can anyone recommend a easy to moderate over night trip in the Northern California area? I was thinking Pt Reyes or even Big Sur area.

We are looking to go the third weekend of May for our first trip.
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Coast Camp on the Laguna Trail is only about 2 miles each way.  I took my wife on her 1st trip earlier this year to the beach here.  As long as the weather is decent, Point Reyes is a great spot for a short trip to see what backpacking is like.  It will also serve as a test for gear, what you need/don't need etc.  You will need a permit.  There are also good sightseeing spots such as the lighthouse & elephant seals.  Good luck.
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Big Sur the park has no backpacking opportunities, and the majority of trails in the ventana wilderness are not easy to moderate. Vicente Flat or possibly the Carmel River area might suit. Check ventanawild.org for researching and for checking recent trail conditions. But I would recommend Point Reyes for a beginner over the Ventana if you are going in summer. Heat, drought and gnats/encroaching poison oak make Ventana trails an adventure.

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Pt. Reyes may be a tough reservation with this short a notice: those are popular designated sites (and they're mandatory) and being so close to the Bay Area the competition is fierce...:
http://www.recreation.gov/campsit....rtIdx=0

What's your travel tolerance?
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If you're up to really Northern CA, you could visit Redwood NP, drive to the tall trees grove and hike down to Redwood Creek.  You will have to get a permit in Orick and camp South of the footbridge (which won't be in for another 6 weeks) but it's still a pretty easy backpack in and out with a big payoff in terms of massive trees.

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Thanks for all the replies. We are pretty open to going anywhere in Northern California. We are in Oakdale CA so going up to the mountains or to the coast is not a problem.

We can't wait to get out and enjoy being out in nature
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If you are in Oakdale then definitely look to the mountains before the coast. It's not only a shorter drive, but during the summer in Northern California there is fog every evening along the coast---and that means your tent and your campsite will be soaking wet in the morning.  

You've got Yosemite, Emigrant Wilderness, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness all within about 90 minutes of your house!  Hite Cove is between Mariposa and Yosemite, and is full of wildflowers right now.


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Didn't think about the fog and the moisture thanks. Will definitely take a look at heading up to the mountains.
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Check in with REI or Sierra Club if you would like some company and perhaps some other local ideas for over night.

The mountains will have some snow until July and you will be restricted to lower elevations for a month or so.  You might consider looking at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)  crossing of the 108 and the 4.  Sonora Pass is still a little high and probably snowy through June,  but here is where the PCT crosses it.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=38.34472,-119.62111&z=14&t=T

You have wonderful access to so many places on the west side of the Sierra as well as a shortcut over the top to the east side when you have more time.

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Hey ghost, my wife & I are building in Oakdale, should be moving in a couple of weeks.
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Didn't think about the fog and the moisture thanks. Will definitely take a look at heading up to the mountains.

Congrats! We are on the east side past the rodeo ground. Love Oakdale
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Hites Cove and the Merced River canyon can be quite pretty:
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landsca....poppies
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But Hite Cove will be closed by June...

I would go up 108 into Emigrant - probably the least issues with permits and plenty of bang for the buck.


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Third week in May is the timeframe. The lower elevations will be past peak for flower but higher up will be nice.
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It'll be hot and possibly closed earlier thanks to the drought. And the flowers are mostly done according to the latest group from my hiking group - we end up visiting three or four times in a season. The last group went five days ago and came back with no pictures of poppies.

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I was thinking higher up in the mountains, not further up in Hites.
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I found a trail at Kennedy Meadows that looks like a great place to start.  The wife loves the Pinecrest area so we are praying the last of our gear gets here by the 17th of May.  Having a hell of a time getting the tent we want.  We have to drive to the manufacturer and pick it up in person.
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Currently 18 inches of Snow at Sonora Pass.

Kennedy Meadows will have less...but there will be snow!


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CDEC has various information lists, though Kennedy seems to be neglected this year, others do have info:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/stamap?KNM
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Bell Meadow & Crabtree trailheads closer to Pinecrest are worth checking out as well. That's a great place to start backpacking. You could get really spoiled.
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