Area trail camps offer good backpacking tuneup: best 10 trail camps

3. Angel Island hike-in: A personal favorite is the Sunrise trail camp perched above Fort McDowell (East Garrison), about a 3-mile hike from Ayala Cove. Protected from west winds, and at night, it’s less than an hour to the top of 788-foot Mount Livermore, where you are circled by the night lights of bay landmarks. Reserve at (800) 444-7275, www.reserveamerica.com.

4. Kirby Cove, Marin Headlands: A mile-long descent leads to a few campsites on the bluff (other sites nearby in woods) that overlooks a hidden beach, with a waterfront view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Reserve at (877) 444-6777, www.recreation.gov.

5. Sky Camp, Point Reyes National Seashore: A 1.4-mile hike with 200-foot climb leads to a ridge-top. Some sites in a forest, a few open, with nearby views of Drakes Bay. Reserve at (877) 444-6777, www.recreation.gov.

6. Chabot walk-in, Anthony Chabot Regional Park: The campground provides easy access, 500 to 1,000 feet from parking, with pretty sites nestled in a forest a half mile above Lake Chabot. Direct access to mountain biking, hiking. Reserve at (888) 327-2757, option 2.

7. Slate Creek, Portola Redwoods State Park: A 3.5-mile trek to the campsite makes it an easy 2 miles to the secluded Peters Creek old-growth grove of redwoods (instead of a long drive and 12.5-mile round trip in a day). Reserve at (831) 338-8861.

8. Morgan Territory: One of the least-known sites in the Bay Area, it requires a 4.5-mile hike one way. Beautiful foothill views and a glimpse of Los Vaqueros. Reserve at (888) 327-2757, option 2.

9. Coit Camp, Henry W. Coe State Park: It’s 11.5 miles one way from headquarters (9.3 miles from Hunting Hollow Trailhead). Great mountain bike trail camp for the ambitious with two aerobic climbs. Provides chance for pond-style bass fishing at Coit Lake. No reservations. Register at headquarters.

10. Butano Trail Camp, Butano Redwoods State Park: The hidden trail camp is perched near Butano Rim, with a 5.5-mile hike to get there (or mountain bike ride on Butano Rim). Eight sites are nestled in a forest, with great canyon views. An abandoned air strip is nearby. Register at park entrance.

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