Point Reyes is a few miles north of San Francisco and offers a number of great hiking options. There are short hikes to the beach from several entrances, as well as longer backpacking options. There are many campsites near the beaches with water and facilities. The lighthouse on the point is also a major tourist attraction, as are the wildflowers in the spring.
This was all around a beautiful hike. We went with a group of mixed abilities, but everyone came away happy. Of course, the stunning ocean and bay views exceeded our expectations, but the real treat was the wildlife viewing. We saw many elk grazing and even saw some splashing in a small pond. Beyond that, we also saw a very healthy mother coyote and her pup, as well as two other lone coyotes. There were also plentiful birds, and surprisingly, even a few butterflies on a blustery October day. I would definitely recommend this hike, especially to groups with both advanced and beginning hikers.
This trail is really great, and the elk add an additional dimension to what would already be a good time. Besides the Tomales Point Trail, you can also easily walk a 1/4mi the other direction from the trailhead and be at McClures Beach.
That said, DO NOT TYPE Tomales Point Trail into Google Maps and expect to get where you need to go. Take a look at what it returns and you'll see why: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/37.2753297,-121.8990835/Tomales+Point+Trail,+Inverness,+CAfirstname.lastname@example.org,-123.0104715,13z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x8085d3358078bce1:0x2a3815d3b8fb1020!2m2!1d-122.974766!2d38.2143777
THERE IS NO FERRY FROM DILLON BEACH TO TOMALES POINT. We ended up having to drive an extra hour+ to get back around Tomales Bay to the correct route, and cut the hike short due to lack of time. Lots of elk, though, and beautiful views of both the ocean & the bay.
Andy M. on Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Fall...
Amazing trail, great view, refreshing cool water to put your feet in. I would definitely not recommend taking kids down to the lowest falls. it is steep and you need to be able to boost yourself over ledges to get up. other than that expect to bring lots of water and proper trail shoes so you don't develop blisters.