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Tomales Point Trail

EASY 37 reviews
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Tomales Point Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.4 miles 1190 feet Out & Back

backpacking

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hiking

nature trips

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horseback riding

beach

views

wildlife

over grown

no dogs

Hike out to Tomales Point with stunning views surrounding you on all sides. An excellent out and back day hike. This open trail through the Tule Elk Reserve offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. It is also a prime wildlife viewing trail, as it is remote and the tule elk are enclosed in this reserve. The first 3 miles to Lower Pierce Point Ranch are well marked and maintained, but the last stretch can be overgrown with bush lupine and other shrubs, so long pants and long sleeves are a good idea. The journey all the way to the Point is worth it, for the view is unparalleled. Fog and wind can limit visibility and make this hike more challenging. The Tomales Point Trailhead is at the end of Pierce Point Road, 40 minute driving time from Bear Valley.


12 days ago

hiking

Beautiful hike with ocean views to one side and bay views to the other. Tons of tule elk (it was rutting season). Making the full trip to the point is definitely worth it.


24 days ago

IMO this is closer to moderate level than easy, but definitely a great trail! Saw many elk, and other various wildlife. Also some wildflowers, even in July. Saw a sign at the trailhead about mountain lions but thankfully did not see one. Last mile in is all sand, which made that last mile in and first mile out pretty challenging!


26 days ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

Fantastic hike on the Fourth of July. Arrived early (6:45 am) to beat the crowd as was glad we did. It was quite foggy and damp so our pants got wet but well wort it, gators would have helped. Woke up 3 herds of elk that were very near the trail. Counted 18 bulls in one herd with nice racks. Had a nice lunch at the point. By then the fog had lifted for the return trip so it was like a new trail. Saw a few elk cows but no bulls on the return trip as there were many people coming in on the trail by then. Having water on both sides of the trail was nice. Note there is no shade on this trail but the ocean breeze keeps it comfortable. Easy walking trail, a bit overgrown in places but still easy to follow. Sandy slopes make you work a bit but not bad.


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4 months ago

GO NOW while the wild flowers are in full amazing bloom! This is a great hike for all skill levels and Elk are everywhere especially if you go early or during the week. Even though we almost never do the same hike twice, we had to repeat this hike based on the wild flowers. Insane. See pics under Mike Higgins. Just a few.


4 months ago

walking

Great hike from start to finish! We hiked a total of 10.5 miles from the old historical dairy to the tip of Tomales point. We had a beautiful clear day the best of the best. We saw a coyote hunting, elks by the pond, vultures eating a skunk, couple of deers and many different wild flowers. The walk had a couple inclined hills which raises your heart rate but we saw many families with many kids doing the full hike. Such a unique trail because you have the Pacific Ocean to the left and Tomales Bay to the right. One of Gods many wonders!


5 months ago

hiking

Hiked to the point with my three young boys. I had read somewhere that this is a great family hike, and it is! Rolling hills, several herds of elk, sea breeze, cliffs... 9+ miles was probably a bit much for my 5 year old, but he loved every minute of it. Great hike, even if you only make it part way.


5 months ago

hiking

Very long trail, but pretty flat. Great views here, and wildlife is abundant. If you plan to do the whole trail, come with lots of water and snacks.


9 months ago

hiking

Very beautiful, we enjoyed our hike very much.


9 months ago

hiking

This is a well maintained trail with abundant wildlife. The trail is easy but long. Definitely worth the walk all the way to the point. The Tule Elk truly are a spectacular sight! We also saw a coyote, weasels, and several mule deer. A lot of birds were around, even a peregrine falcon. The weather when we came was perfect. Sunny in the morning and rolling fog in the afternoon.
Parts of the trail are sandy and my shoes definitely got filled with sand at one point but most of the trail is more hard pack.
If you get a chance to, chat with a docent, it is well worth your time! They are so friendly and knowledgable!
When you get to the point there are some nice spots to sit and take in the horizon and views of tomales bay.. You will likely see a load of cormants, pelicans, and gulls.


11 months ago

Beautiful wild flowers in the spring and early summer


11 months ago

It was foggy the day my wife and I hiked the trail. The tule elk was a nice surprise.
The trail is well used. The last mile or so hiking is the sand out to the point felt like work. The ocean views are worth the sandy shoes.


11 months ago

Foggy but fantastic hike!


1 year ago

hiking

Completed this hike on a whim, as I was out in the area. Know that the weather here varies from one location to the next and can dramatically change very quickly. It can be foggy and windy to clear and sunny in a matter of minutes based on your movements and the wind. It can also change in the other direction, so be prepared. I suggest packing the following:
Wind jacket - it gets really windy out there
Sunglasses - the wind whips up the sand and it'll start getting into your eyes. Also to protect from dry eyes due to wind
Gaiters - towards the end, you're hiking in sand. If you're prone to getting debris in your shoes, bring gaiters or shake them out often
Enough water - there is no source of fresh water for the 9.5 mile round trip and if there is, it may not be the best due to the wildlife using it
Sunscreen - if it is sunny, you'll need it

The hike itself is fairly flat and the breeze from the ocean keeps you cool. I hiked in fog and wind, but others told me that it can be sunny and clear out, as well. You really can't get lost, as the main trail is very clearly differentiated from the brush and as long as you keep going north, you'll hit the end. There are very few areas to relieve yourself, so if you think you have to go, find the nearest bush that is big enough and follow LNT guidelines.


1 year ago


1 year ago

hiking

The views were gorgeous! Loved the ocean and the trail was easy to follow for kids.


1 year ago

This is a super chill and pretty flat hike with views of ocean and beautiful hills. I always hike very early to avoid crowds and at 6:00am it was just me and the herds on the trail! On the way back there were some people, but the trails are wide so no awkward side-stepping. This hike is great for beginners!


1 year ago

Awesome!