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CamelBak Aventura

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The CamelBak Aventura backpack is a nifty little backpack that’s great for long day adventures.

This bad boy is a 21L backpack with a 3L water bladder. There are four zippered compartments: a tiny one for tiny items, one small one for small items, a main compartment for larger items, and a separate compartment for the water bladder. Side slip pockets allow you to hold water bottles, map, or if you’re like me, all the wrappers from Clif bars that you eat. And there’s a nice and large slip pocket that can easily fit a Nalgene and readily accessible items like hats. The outside of the pack has attachments to keep your trekking poles handy.

The pack has a sternum strap and a padded waist strap. It also has high abrasion mesh covering channeled EVA injected foam pods for extra ventilation your back won’t get sweaty as quickly.

The right shoulder strap conveniently has a little hook for your bladder hose. However, the hose doesn’t come with a Bite Valve Cover. You’ll need to pick one of those up for $6.

This pack has been my day hike BFF since I first got it in August of 2012 for a trip up Half Dome.. It has lasted weekends of endless abuse, squeezing in tight spots and being thrown over and around obstacles.

I don’t have much to complain about this bag, other than little plastic doohickies are starting to fall off now. And sometimes, if the bag is stuffed to the brim, I think I look like a turtle. This bag is wider at the base and narrows up to the top, so aesthetics look a little funny if you’re hauling a big load.

This pack is now discontinued and on clearance through Camelbak. I’m going to be extremely sad when my pack is on its last legs.

Point Reyes: Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls, Point Reyes, CAHike: Palomarin trail to Alamere Falls and back
Where: Point Reyes, CA
Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours and 3 minutes
Length: Approximately 8 miles round trip
Fitbit Steps: 24,585
Gear:
CamelBak Aventura Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.
,
REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips
, Triple Aught Design Artemis hoodie
The North Face Resolve Rain Jacket
, & 
The North Face Hedgehog Guide GTX Hiking Shoes

This hike from the Palomarin trailhead to Alamere Falls is a moderately easy, but decently long hike. Start at the trailhead and follow signs for the falls. Early into the hike, underneath a grove of eucalyptus trees, there is a small trail to the left leading to the coast. This little offshoot leads you through green hills to a rocky beach (read: dinosaur egg rocky) that has the potential to be absolutely gorgeous in not-foggy weather.

Continue on the trail past Bass Lake until you reach a sign that points to Alamere Falls through some underbrush. If you are up for a potentially poison oak-y adventure and getting hit in the face by shrubbery, take this trail to reach the waterfall and a sandy beach. Your shell will come in handy to protect your clothing and skin from PO and snagglies.

Once you get out of the brush, begin your descent down to the first set of mini-falls of Alamere Falls. Beautiful, but small.

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls, Point Reyes, CA

Cross the stream and continue down to the top of the big falls. Look over the edge if you dare. The crumbly rock face to your right will be your way down. It’s easiest to just jump off onto the first ledge, and then run the rest of the way down onto the sandy beach Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls, Point Reyes, CA. The rock is incredibly fragile and does not do well with force.

Run around and frolick in the sand, have lunch, enjoy the beach and waterfall. Then head back the way you came to get back to the trailhead.

All in all, this is a good hike if you’re out for a mellow day. It’s not strenuous and the scenery is gorgeous. The only downside is Point Reyes is a bit of a hike (ha!) if you live in the South Bay like me.

Note: This trail gets very muddy and run out when it has been raining. Proceed with caution.

Additionally, if you are not a fan of seeing people everywhere in nature, this is not the hike for you.

See this trail on Bay Area Hiker, All Trails & Every Trail.