Stewart Horse Camp
Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Region = 5
Submitted By = Marie Grisham
Park/Location = Pt. Reyes Natl. Seashore
View of the Ocean from Stewart Trail
Dogs Allowed in Camp = no
Dogs Allowed on Trails = no
Other Info = Need to drive over a narrow bridge to enter the campground
Fee = $20.00/night per person (as of 2017)- You do need reservations, but sites are first come first served.
Reservations = Stewart Ranch
For Reservations Phone = 415-663-1362
Stewart Horse Camp has been around a long time and is managed by the Stewart family that previously owned the land before being sold to the National Park Service. They are usually open from April 1st through November 1st, depending on the weather. Access is off Highway 1 approx. 3 miles south of Olema.
Camping fees are CASH ONLY and are generally collected when you arrive or the next morning if you arrive later in the day. Be sure to get a map from Amanda when she collects your camping fees.
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IF YOU BRING ONE!
There are no corrals, but high-tie poles are at most sites or you can bring your own portable corrals. There is no tying to trees or any fencing.
Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Water faucets are located either in the sites or nearby, be sure to bring hoses and splitters as you will have to share faucets. The water is non-potable stock water, bring your drinking water.
Fire restrictions are posted in the camp and are enforced! Rangers patrol when fire danger is high and will give tickets to those with open fires.
There is a restroom building with hot showers and flush toilets, and power for those that need to plug in a hair dryer.
The trails are FANTASTIC! Trails are very well marked, but recommend you do get a map so you know where you are! You can get one at the Visitors Center near Olema or from Amanda if she has any. Here's a tip... If you want to get back to the camp, just head for Five Brooks staging area. The camp is located just below the staging area.
You can ride to Wildcat Beach via Stewart Trail (fire road) or up Greenpicker or other single track trails, return along the coast via Coast Trail to Old Out Trail and connect with Almea trail for a great ride. There are hitching rails, restroom and picnic tables at Wildcat Camp and a large water trough near the camp.
Or go to the Visitors Center via Rift Zone trail (approx. 5 miles). This is a beautiful easy ride, just a short bit of steep down hill at the beginning before the bridge.
Horses are not allowed on Bear Valley Trail near the Visitors Center during the weekend or holidays. But you can take Horse Trail from the Visitor's Center (behind the Nat'l Park's Morgan Ranch) for a great ride, with a gradual incline up to Sky Camp where there are picnic tables, hitching rails, restrooms and water trough (look for the little "water trough" sign on the downhill side of the trail just past the large trees by the picnic area). (Don't take Mt. Wittenberg up, pretty steep!) During the week take Bear Valley Trail out to Arch Rock and back or head off on another trail. Water trough and restrooms at the visitors center.
These are just a few of the trails you can take, there are miles and miles of trails, usually very well maintained. Several of the trails have had yellow jackets during the late summer months so beware. Warning signs are usually posted at the beginning of the trails impacted.
Just be sure to take water, a snack and a jacket with you in case you are out longer than expected!
NOTE: The Morgan Ranch is where they train the horses for use by the Nat'l Park Service. They have some nice informational displays and the rangers are always ready to talk horses!
Highly recommend this for anyone that likes to trail ride!
Going up Greenpicker - notice all the ferns!