This past week, my wife and I took our two young kids, ages 4 and 6, into the coastal mountains within Point Reyes National Seashore for a backpacking adventure. I had been doing my research on trails in the area and while doing so, limited myself to the mindset and physical endurance of my four year old! My guess was that he could handle around three miles per day, maybe six if the terrain was forgiving. What I found was a three day trip that covered about nine miles:
Day one= 1.5 miles total up the Sky Trail to the Sky Campground; 1 mile up, .5 miles flat
Day two= 5 miles total along the Sky trail to the Woodward trail, finishing at Coast Camp; 4 miles downhill, 1 mile flat
Day three= 3 miles from Coast camp to the Hostel
My six year old carried her sleeping bag, clothes, and snacks, while my four year old had his clothes and snacks. The trip went incredibly well! The hiking in Point Reyes is fantastic and full of educational opportunities: from flora and fauna, to wildfires, tidal pools, water systems, and weather. As always, I can’t recommend enough getting your kids out into the wilderness as much as possible!