Objective: Explore more of the Cali coast
Date: November 15-16, 2014
Location: California coast, Salt Point State Park
We were hoping to squeeze in one last backpacking trip this weekend before heading to Tahoe most weekends for the winter, but Connor wound up with a tweaked knee (aggressive employee kickball game). So, we decided that an adventure up the coast for some car camping might be a more reasonable objective. We headed out early Saturday morning looking to go to one of the parks north of Pt. Reyes. We wandered up the coast enjoying the morning views, eventually landing at Salt Point State Park.
They had a nice campground (one in the woods on the east side of the high way and one closer to the beach). We opted for a site closer to beach access and were pleased with our choice. Spacious campsites, short 1/4 mile or so walk to the beach, and some fantastic scenery to take in. We arrived around 2pm and walked the coastline trails for a few hours watching sea lions, building cairns, and drinking beers.
In the morning, we hit the road around 9 and made it to Bodega Bay around 10, just in time to watch the hawks game at a local restaurant (Sand Piper – decent seafood, views, and most importantly, a bar and bartender kind enough to turn on our game).
Pros: Fun quick trip to see some new parts of the California Coast, great weather, nice views, decent campground/trails with beach access. Easily accessible from the bay area. Great company and excellent brew.
Cons: California boasts some seriously amazing scenery and while this trip was really fun and worthwhile, a return trip won’t be necessary. Back to the mountains we go!