Camp Date: May 12-13, 2012
Campsite(s): Site 19 in the Creek Loop
Where’s it at? Marin Headlands. Near San Geronimo and Point Reyes Station.

In between two hikes: Hiking Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes and Hiking on Limantour Beach in Pt. Reyes, a friend and I decided to camp at Samuel P. Taylor State Park. This was the first time camping here for both of us, though we’ve driven through it before on the way to and from Point Reyes from the peninsula. I think we were both pleasantly surprised.

Samuel P. Taylor was once on the State Park closure list, but has been saved from any immediate closures through firewood sales and other park concessions, I believe. We originally booked our site online in about mid April and while printing the receipt a few days before the trip, it was discovered that we’d booked a handicapped-only site (not handicapped-accessible). We’d both booked the site together online so that’s a clear indication that it isn’t made clear enough in the reservation system! After trying to talk the rangers into either letting us stay there or give us a first-come, first-served site, we were told the only option was to keep looking for openings. That I did…and I was successful 2 days before our camping date of May 12th. To top it off, I think we ended up with the best site in the whole area, site 19 in the Creek loop. The only downside was that there was a little bit of noise from the nearby road, and the creek area that we were next to was closed for plant restoration.

The campground wasn’t all that cheap, i think it was $35 plus $8 to book online as a service fee. I also had to pay $8 for cancelling the handicapped site when finding the new one. But I think all in all it was worth it. The ranger kiosk has firewood bundles for sale and discourages bringing of firewood from outside. The bundles were good wood and pretty inexpensive all things considered, at $7/bundle. The campsite was pretty spacious and pretty private. The bathrooms weren’t too bad with flushing toilets and hot and cold water. There were also showers though we didn’t try those. I believe they were coin operated. There were water spigots every few sites so we didn’t have to go far for that. The picnic table was nice and the food storage locker was probably the coolest I’ve ever seen. The only complaint I might have about it is that the shelves are locked in place and don’t allow for anything too tall to be put inside.

All in all this is a great campsite. We didn’t explore the whole area but there is a long bike path and some hiking opportunities right from the campground. I hope to make it back here again sometime soon.

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