Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June
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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/14/2013 12:01:40 MDT Print View

Hi,

I'd like to introduce a friend to backpacking by means of a simple, one-night trip within 1-2 hours of San Jose. I'm a little stumped. Henry Coe (along with most east bay options) is too hot and dry. Point Reyes and Big Basin are fully booked.

Any other quiet, off-the-radar options anyone can suggest?

Thanks everyone!

rhz

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/14/2013 12:44:47 MDT Print View

high rocks trail out of calistoga.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/14/2013 15:33:41 MDT Print View

Ventana Wilderness. There are a few places within the Santa Cruz Mtns for backpacking too.

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/14/2013 15:48:17 MDT Print View

Hi Ken,

Thanks. One possibility would be Vicente Flat in Ventana. Do you know of others that are similarly easy (no trails overgrown with poison oak, etc). As for the Santa Cruz mountains, I once stayed at Shaw Flat camp once--it was surprisingly crowded. We were lucky to get a place. Can you recommend others destinations (Butano? etc)

Thanks again,

rhz

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/14/2013 15:57:11 MDT Print View

Portola is nice

http://www.virtualparks.org/parks/portola-qtvr-map.html



I have hiked from Vicente Flats to Pine Valley. You hike about a 1000 feet in elevation lose to get down there and then of course you have to hike out. There are some great campsites along the river. You can have fires there too. Just keep in mind that the road to Vicente Flat is quite rough....just drive slow and you'll be ok.

As for other places in Ventana, just google backpacking Ventana and you'll come up with many options. Also Castle Rock is available, but it is a short hike. Never too crowded neither.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Butano, Nisene Marks, Pescadero Creek on 06/14/2013 18:05:08 MDT Print View

Butano State Park, backcountry camp in the redwoods. No reservations.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, another backcountry camp in the redwoods. No reservations.

Pescadero Creek Park, two backcountry camps in the redwoods. No reservations.

-- Rex

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Butano, Nisene Marks, Pescadero Creek on 06/17/2013 00:06:33 MDT Print View

+1 for Pescadero Creek. Mostly easy hiking, (compared to Henry Coe), the price is right ($10 per night if I remember correctly), I think fires are permited in rings.
I've had trouble with some very bold raccoons there, juas a heads up. Stop by Alice's for buger's afterword, you deserve it.
-James

Richard Scruggs
(JRScruggs) - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: Mission Impossible? Easyish, quiet, scenic one night (Saturday night) backpacking trip in SF Bay Area for June on 06/17/2013 02:52:44 MDT Print View

Kirby Cove in Golden Gate National Recreation Area looks like a nice, easy one night camping trip in SF area (one mile hike in), particularly for a first-timer experience:

http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/kirby.htm

Haven't been there, but plan to check it out next time in SF area.

Angel Island looks interesting, too, with a ferry ride to get there --

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60713-d208341-Reviews-Angel_Island_State_Park-San_Francisco_California.html

Edited by JRScruggs on 06/17/2013 02:53:55 MDT.

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
easy big sur one nighters on 08/19/2013 09:46:27 MDT Print View

Hi,

So, this trip got pushed out until this coming weekend. My friend is very interested in Big Sur. Route 1 to Vicente Flats is short (5 mile) but may involve too much climbing (2K ft) for a newbie. Any other scenic (and not too crowded) ideas?

Thanks again!

rhz