1. Sunset, Big Basin Redwoods: 6-mile hike to campsites located deep in Santa Cruz Mountains, yet short range below to Berry Creek Canyon and its waterfalls. (831) 338-8861, parks.ca.gov.
2. Sky, Point Reyes National Seashore: Sites perched on ridge for amazing lookout across coast and ocean, with Sky Trail providing access to Inverness Ridge and beyond. (415) 464-5100, nps.gov/pore.
3. Angel Island (Sunrise sites 7, 8, 9 near East Garrison): Have the experience of a lifetime by make short climb at night to Mount Livermore summit at center of bay to see how the Bay Area lights sparkle like diamonds. (415) 435-5390, parks.ca.gov.
4. Tomales Bay boat-in: Boat-in sites nestled along western shore of Tomales Bay, shielded from west winds, and chance to hike from campsite to see to stalk elk and take in ridge-top views. (415) 464-5100, nps.gov/pore.
5. Kirby Cove, Marin Headlands: Stunning bluff-top sites set just above gorgeous beach located west of northern foot of Golden Gate Bridge. (415) 331-1540, nps.gov/goga.
Others of note: 6. Wildcat, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin; 7. Pantoll, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin; 8. Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Alameda County; 9. Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, Alameda County; 10. Uvas Lake by bike, Henry W. Coe State Park, Santa Clara County.
Note: The greater Bay Area region has 137 trail camps.
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