LAURA'S FAMILY CAMPING TRIP AT ANTHONY CHABOT REGIONAL PARK

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SUMMARY

TRIP · 3-day family campout
DATES · October 8 - 10, 2021

VIBE · Easy & relaxing
DRIVE · About an hour from SF

PARK · Anthony Chabot Regional Park

RESERVATION · #2-31672845 CA

CAMPSITE · #35
LOOP · Sites #34 - 50

WHY ANTHONY CHABOT REGIONAL PARK?

Anthony Chabot Regional Park has been called "one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area." This peaceful 3,304 acre park is filled with grasslands and shady eucalyptus groves sprinkled along 70 miles of hiking and riding trails. It's a perfect camping destination for young families who want a weekend getaway without being too far from civilization. Lake Chabot is located at the heart of the park and Anthony Chabot Campground is only a 30-minute drive from San Francisco. 
 

· Directions to Campground

· Official Park Website
·
 Anthony Chabot Regional Park Map

CAMP

EACH CAMPSITE COMES WITH:

- A picnic table

- Fire ring w/ a grill

- Space for up to 8 people

- Two parking spots
- Drinking water (on site)

- Restrooms & hot showers (on site)

 The park is named after Anthony Chabot, the builder of Lake Chabot and Oakland's first public water system

The lands that make up the park were originally ancestral land of the Jalquin, an Ohlone and Bay Miwok speaking tribe

 

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
LEAVE HOME BY 4 PM & SWING BY REI BERKELEY

- Call REI Berkeley in advance to reserve your rental gear; they have more rental inventory than the SF REI

- Located at 1338 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley

- Open everyday from 10 AM to 9 PM 

- Load up the car with the rest of your camping gear!

CHECK-IN & SET UP CAMP AT ANTHONY CHABOT CAMPGROUND

- Buy a bundle of firewood from the entry kiosk

- Set up your tent before it gets dark & familiarize everyone with the restroom, sink, and trash cans

- Invite your kiddos to help you set up camp & start a campfire!

COOK UP DINNER & ENJOY THE SUNSET AT 6:28PM 

CAMPFIRE, S'MORES & STARGAZING

- Woohoo! You're doing it! Enjoy the first night of your first family campout. 

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

Call REI Berkeley to reserve your camping gear rentals in advance. Their number is (510) 527-4140.

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There is no or limited cell phone reception throughout the park so plan ahead! 

The weather forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 65 degrees and a low of 55 degrees. Be sure to bring plenty of layers to stay warm throughout the weekend.

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Swimming isn't allowed at Lake Chabot, but you can rent a boat of your choice at the Lake Chabot Marina & Cafe.

DAY TWO
MAKE BREKKIE, PACK A PICNIC LUNCH & HIKE DOWN TO LAKE CHABOT

- Take the Honker Bay Trail from camp down to the lake (take Huck's Trail to return to camp)

- It's about a 2 mile round trip loop with 460 feet of elevation gain

- Pack plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, snacks, a sun hat, a picnic blanket & lunch!  


EXPLORE THE LAKE & ENJOY LUNCH 

IF YOU'RE FEELING AMBITIOUS...CONTINUE HIKING TO LAKE MARINA & CAFE

- It's about another 2 mile hike to reach the Marina & Cafe, which adds a total 4.5 miles to your day hike. It's a relatively flat & easy walk, but make sure everyone's up for the adventure!

- Once you're at the Marina, you can rent a kayak or a boat for a family paddle around the lake. 

TREK BACK TO CAMP & CLEAN UP

- Nosh on your family's favorite snacks & tidy up after all of today's hikes.

PREP DINNER, DESSERT & CAMPFIRE STORIES FOR THE EVENING 
- Enjoy your last night at Anthony Chabot Regional Park!

DAY THREE
PACK UP, CLEAN UP & CHECK OUT BY NOON

- Cook up brekkie & pick up any pieces of litter around camp

HEAD HOME!
 

GEAR

PERSONAL
ESSENTIALS
SHARED
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES
 
DAY ONE
DAY TWO

Dinner

NAAN PIZZA PARTY (heat up on the grill)

DAY THREE

Dessert

S'MORES

FOOD

LAST UPDATED: October 6, 2021

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