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Tomales Point Trail

Inverness, CA

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.

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Recent Reviews

on Pomo Canyon Trail
14 hours ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike! You get to see the Redwoods, Russian River, and the ocean from this trail. Pretty moderate with some minor steep uphills. Please note that online this trail says dog friendly; however, there are signs posted at both entrances that says dogs are not allowed.

on Pomo Canyon Trail
1 month ago

walking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful. Somewhat challenging to do round trip. A great achievement for the occasional hiker. Will do it again for sure. From our parking spot trough the trail to the beach and back was probably 7+ miles. Loved it

on Pomo Canyon Trail
2 months ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous hike- I started at shell beach and took the Pomo canyon trail and then skipped the campground and took the red hill trail and did a loop- worked out to about 5.5 miles

on Pomo Canyon Trail
2 months ago

hiking
73 Completed63 Reviews

I had planned to try and combine the Pomo Canyon / Red Hill trails with the Wright Hill Road track shown on the AllTrails site. However, from the top of Red Hill, the route seemed blocked by a property fence and cattle on the far side of it. I ended up settling for a shorter hike (about 6.5 miles).

Many parking spots at Shell Beach (down toward the beach or just off CA 1 if you want to be closer to the trail-head. That trail-head is just across CA1 from the parking lot entrance. The sign says "Dr David C. Joseph Memorial Trail" but wooden posts along the trail will help identifying "Pomo Canyon Trail" and "Red Hill Trail".

The first part of the trail (about 1.3 miles) is fully exposed (bring water and hat/cap) and offer sweeping views of the coast and later the estuary of the Russian River. On the Pomo Canyon trail (north side of the loop) you will reach an overlook with wooden table off to the left after a bit more than 1 mile. Continuing on, the trail was noticeably narrower and progressively overgrown as well as muddy in spots (late April, small run-offs on the trail). That section also offers series of shaded spots, including short strolls though stands of Redwoods.

At about 2.5 mile, and just before descending toward the Pomo Canyon Campground, the Pomo Canyon trail intersects with the Red Hill Trail. A right turn on the Red Hill trail and the ascent toward the top starts in a sustaine fashion, offering open views to the East and then to the North, overlooking the Russian River from a higher vantage.

After crossing a last stand of Redwoods, the trails goes around to the South Slope and then up to the top. In late April, the grassy slopes around the top were nicely adorned with a spattering of wildflowers.

The top is a grassy and flat-ish mound and the views are fully opened over the Pacific and the coast from Bodega Bay (even Point Reyes in the distance) in the South to to upper reaches of Sonoma County to the North.

A trail descends almost due West to eventually rejoin the Red HIll trail and, further down, the Pomo Canyon (David C Joseph) trail for a return to the parking lot. That descent offers constant views of the Coast and Russian River along with a few nice rock formations for better photography....

Back at the parking lot, and if this loop was too short, there is the option to walk a few more miles on the Kortum coastal trail North or South.

All in all, a very nice place to hike. You will however not be alone as the trail is fairly popular.

on Goat Rock Beach to Harbor...
3 months ago

scenic driving
23 Completed17 Reviews

on Pomo Canyon Trail
4 months ago

9 Completed3 Reviews

Gorgeous! Took the Red Hill trail offshoot overlooking the coast.

on Pomo Canyon Trail
5 months ago

hiking
5 Completed3 Reviews

on Pomo Canyon Trail
9 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

on Pomo Canyon Trail
9 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

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on Pomo Canyon Trail
9 months ago

camping
6 Completed1 Reviews

I loved the trail, I loved the campsite. What I loved of the campsite that its a perfect weekend getaway, not that far from the bay area. I do have a question, I heard the campground has been closed for a while now, does anyone know if it has opened? or when it will be? its been about 4 years since the last time i was there. Thank you

on Pomo Canyon Trail
11 months ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a really great trail! Well maintained and a perfect distance. But, it is not easy! It should be rated as moderate. Steep uphill both ways. :-) But, it is gorgeous! Starts in the redwoods, ends at the beach. Not much more that a person could ask for. A little tricky to find because no cell service, so make sure you have your directions written down. Also, campground is closed, so you have to walk about a mile out to the trailhead. Lovely day all around!

on Pomo Canyon Trail
1 year ago

hiking
7 Completed3 Reviews

I take this hike every year around New Years (will hopefully be returning for the 10th time in late December!) the weather is always lovely and the scenery throughout the duration of the trail is spectacular. If you start at the trailhead in the canyon you'll end up at Shell Beach which is a great place to rest your legs afterwards. Perfect for people of all ages!

on Pomo Canyon Trail
1 year ago

mountain biking
19 Completed4 Reviews

Beautiful! I love it here.

on Pomo Canyon Trail
1 year ago

hiking
4 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous redwoods, rolling hills & ocean views!

on Pomo Canyon Trail
1 year ago

hiking
3 Completed1 Reviews

Really great hike, with just the right amount of elevation gain for my ability and great views - especially from the picnic table about a mile in from the trailhead at Shell Beach. Will be even better when we finally get some rain and the hills aren't all brown and the trail isn't so dusty. The campground was closed, so there was an additional mile, or so, walking from the closed gate where we parked to the trailhead.


1 year ago

hiking

First, AllTrails should properly name this trail; it is the Dr. David C. Joseph Memorial Trail as named at the end at Shell Beach. Starting at that end it is a steady climb up to the ridge where the trail levels out into ups and downs as it follows the ridgeline up above River Road to Duncans Mills. Late on a Sunday it was sunny and serene. At the picnic table up on the ridge overlooking the ocean and Shell Beach I saw a silver fox scurrying through the brush, but other than birds no wildlife (sign at the trailhead does warn about mountain lions being a possibility). The trail winds in and out of the trees and low scrub, so sun and shade alternates. Several wells up on the ridge were still running even in late August during our extended drought. Truly a wonderful hike, on the easier side of the moderate rating.

Edit: It is moderate from the Shell Beach end, but there is a fairly steep grade when starting from the Pomo Canyon Campground that requires more exertion than moderate would suggest, so really moderate+. Still, that end is deep in woods so not too hot if you make the climb.

Bonus is that you can veer off from either end to go all the way to the top of Red Top Hill, and have an *amazing* view of the coast - well worth the sweat to do it.

on Pomo Canyon Trail
2 years ago

hiking
3 Completed3 Reviews

Loved this trail! We started at the Pomo Campgrounds. The campgrounds were closed, but the short walk to the campgrounds and trailhead from where we had to park the car was a nice warm up. The road leading up to where we parked was a little bumpy, and there were some puddles in a few places, but there was a BMW, and a few other sports cars parked where we parked, so any car should do fine. The start of the trail was pretty steep, but very beautiful; redwoods, creeks, and the air felt great (nice and cool)! It was pretty easy to see where the top of the hill was as the trees thinned out, and the scenery turned into more of grassy hill scenery. Still very pleasant however, and much more flat, so a good stretch after climbing up the previous hill. It takes about 1.7-2 miles to get to this point, so when you first start the hike, just persevere and don't lose hope! There are also some fantastic views of the Russian River, the surrounding valley, and the ocean from this point. While the ocean may still look super far away and out of reach, never fear, the point you can see from this view is not the point you'll be hiking out to! The hike down to Shell Beach is a pretty steep decline, so steel yourself for the return trip! The beach is well worth it though. Very beautiful, albeit very rocky water. There were seals sunning on a rock not far out from us. And while Shell Beach itself is a very short beach, if you climb the rocks to your left (when facing the water) there isn't much to get past to get to a much larger and more open beach. There are a few trails along the top of the cliffs to get to different vantage points, but dogs are not allowed on those trails. The hike back to the campgrounds seemed to go very quickly. I've seen a few suggestions to start the hike from Shell Beach, but the incline going this way goes on much longer, even if it isn't as steep as starting from the campgrounds. I think I prefer getting the super steep part (from the campgrounds) done first in the hike, rather than worrying about that when I'm already tired … The steep decline to get back down the hill to the campgrounds felt amazing on our tired legs, and even the dogs picked up a little pep in their steps again. All in all, a beautiful hike, on a beautiful day. Well worth the soreness, and definitely one we'd love to do again!

on Pomo Canyon Trail
3 years ago

hiking
9 Completed1 Reviews

Wanted to start this hike from the Pomo campground. The campground was closed so had to park my car outside gate on a very remote 4wheel drive only road and walk 1/2 mile to campground and trail head. I was a little worried about leaving my car there but all was well when I returned. Beautiful hike with lots if variety. Next time ill start at Shell beach and go the other way. The red hill trail creates a nice loop. Trail not as well kept but very easy going to top of hill is rewarded with beautiful views.

on Kortum Trail
3 years ago

hiking
14 Completed6 Reviews

I loved this hike because of it's simplicity. It's nice for a day you just need to get away and get some fresh air. Nothing too strenuous. It had wonderful views of the coast line. I went in spring and really enjoyed the wildflowers and caterpillars. The descent down to the beach was overgrown with foliage and completely different than the rest of the trail. We did see one small snake on the flat part of this trail so be mindful. All in all, a lovely easy going hike. (note: it was EXTREMELY windy. Always be prepared with layers when you hike on the coast). We had a picnic lunch at the beach before returning. It's a really great spot for chilling out.

on Pomo Canyon Trail
3 years ago

hiking
4 Completed3 Reviews

At the beginning the air hits your ears because of the coast. Make sure you bring a hoodie. It's very muddy, but it's beautiful! A lot of green scenery. Gorgeous trees and wildlife plants. The more you hike the better it gets! It's worth the hike!! There's banana slugs and also small black spiders. Bring the appropriate attire.