Bikepacking

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Where you can camp

  • In the park's Western Area, you can camp only in designated backpack campsites (The Western Area is the camping zone that extends 5 to 8 miles out from park headquarters.)
  • Outside the Western Area, you can camp wherever you like, with the following exceptions:
  • Bikes are not allowed in the Orestimba Wilderness (though some bikepackers stash their bikes at the edge of the wilderness area and hike in).
  • If you're packing into the park from the Coyote Creek gate or Hunting Hollow entrance, you must camp at least one-half mile from the entrance.
  • Always camp out of sight of other campers.

Bikepacking rules ...

  • Bikepacking groups are limited to eight people.
  • Fires are not allowed (except in the Manzanita Point sites), but you can use backpacking stoves.  During the dry season, we ask that you be particularly careful with your stove.
  • Dogs and firearms are not allowed in the backcountry.
  • Please pack out all your trash.
  • Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.

... and recommendations

  • You should purify any backcountry water that you're going to consume.
  • Springs and creeks on the map might not have water.  Ask park staff about water availability when you register.  Or, check our water resources page.
  • Be sure to take a map with you.  Maps are available in the Visitor Center.
  • Some trails and roads are in poor condition and some are hard to find.  Ask park staff about the condition of roads and trails on your planned route.
  • There is no parking at the Coyote Creek gate. If you want to use that trailhead, please park and pay fees at the Hunting Hollow entrance.
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