Travel plans/April2019 BigBasin

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This page is for planning the hike from Saratoga Gap to the sea.


  • Confirm with Federica.
  • Buy food.
  • Buy stove fuel. MM has it.
  • Download and put the map on our phones. [ew. C will pack a paper map]

X Stoves appear to be okay in the park. Also, note: "Jay Camp is close to the park store, which sells camping supplies, sandwiches, ice cream, and the best selection of beer and wine I’ve ever seen in a California state park." X All trail camps have food storage lockers :)


This is a good map you can view on the computer. Here is a downloadable PDF from CalTopo.

  • Saturday (4/13): Saratoga Gap to Jay campground (~15 miles)
8:00: Leave from our house on Lyft to Saratoga Gap?
8:30: Start hiking?
16:30: get to the campsite (~2 miles/hour pace)?
  • Sunday (4/14): Jay campground to the beach (~10 miles)
8:30: Leave the campsite?
16-16:30 (4-4:30PM): Pick up


Each group (MM, C) should bring:

  • Tent

Each person (M, M, C) should bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head lamp
  • Bowls
  • Utensils
  • Waterbottles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pads
  • Sweater
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Rain jacket
  • ? Rain pants
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Phone
  • Compass + map
  • ? Flipflops


  • [MM] matches
  • [MM] Cooking stove
  • [MM] Cooking fuel
  • [MM] First Aid + Vitamin I + allergy meds
  • [C, MM] Water filter
  • [C] poo shovel, toilet paper
  • MM Rope to hang "bear" bag / "bear" bag? There will be a bear box.
  • Ma is bringing a printed copy of the CalTopo map, PDF version on my e-reader, and a complete trail map in OpenStreetmap.
  • BUY/MM? ziplock bags for high traffic areas
  • Food (see below)


Note: There's a grocery store near the campsite (Big Basin Grocery Store).

Snacks etc

miso soup -- MM
hot chocolate -- MM
nuts -- clark can bring almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts
dried fruits -- clark can bring dried mango, dried peaches. may want a little more.


  • Breakfast before we leave MM's house

  • Lunch
Bread (C can make adventure bread for the team?) -- sounds great!
Cheese -- MM
Brown pickle -- MM
  • Dinner
? Lentils and rice (longer cook time, but delicious).
Clark can bring rice, lentils, onion, garlic.
MM can bring veggie bullion, curry roux, and/or hot sauce.
MM: Oil and Salt
?Japanese curry with rice? -> buy instant rice
?instance ramen? -> buy ramen noodles


  • Breakfast
eggs -- MM
  • Lunch
?buy at the camp store the day before?
  • Dinner back in town to celebrate!