We chose to stop at Point Reyes National Seashore as a break point between our drive from San Francisco to Redwood National Park. Point Reyes is located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and has a few hike-in campgrounds, all with varying distances and elevations. Each requires a permit in advance. We stayed at the Sky Campground, which was about a 1.5 mile uphill hike to our campsite.
The Sky Trailhead begins at a small parking lot, and continues up-hill to a clearing with campgrounds further up a path to the right, while the path continues on Meadow Trail. At the clearing are camp bathrooms and a water spigot.
When we reached our campsite, we couldn’t even tell there was a view of the coast because of the vast fog covering it. I’ve never seen fog like this before, and it felt like we were above the clouds. We did some exploring the next day and saw Quail for the first time. We were staying very alert for bears, but luckily not a single one in site. Each campsite is equipped with a bear locker so your food will be protected just in case.
After hiking back down to the car, we took a drive through the vast park. We drove from Sky Trailhead toward the Lighthouse and Seas Lion overlook. The park roads provide lots of scenic, coastal views, wildlife sightings, and a peaceful landscape. There were parts of the drive we felt like we were the only people around for hundreds of miles; it felt that desolate.
The day we were there the lighthouse was closed, but it was still a nice ride getting there. Aside from the lighthouse, this area also provides an opportunity to witness the Grey Whale migration when the time is right (January through April). Since we were there in August, we weren’t there at the best time for any marine life that we could see. There is also a viewing point for Elephant Seals, which we also missed, however, the coastal views from the cliffs were still amazing.