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on Tomales Point Trail

hiking
22 hours ago

Windy but beautiful. Saw a herd of elks before the sunset. Stunning views. Easy hike except the wind.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful waterfall up close at the end with stairway built into the side of it. I went up but not everyone did. Lots of shade from the forest canopy. I want to do it again when the rocks are not quite so slippery...overall a great hike!

Some tips to maximize your trip: take the extra half mile to take the spur trail out to arch rock! We took glen on the way in and arch rock on the way out and the arch rock loop was about 10x as much ocean view as the glen trail route. So I recommend taking bear valley to arch rock then wildcat. Another tip is try to time your visit to alamere falls with a lower tide. There’s a bit of a spot that you have to time your run around the rocks between waves at higher water and it is a bit sketchy. (We had to run through and then the waves would crash 10 ft up the cliff).

GOVT SHUTDOWN cond as of 1/21/19: trails were in rough shape but completely doable. Lots of trees down over the trails (to climb over). Bathrooms at bear valley and wildcat were open. Water was shut off at wildcat.

Point Reyes NS is an incredibly beautiful, serene, and biodiverse place. Just relax and listen to the soundscapes!!

Great Hike. Saw two coyotes, elk and deer. Bathrooms were closed when I went due to the government shutdown. Hardly any trees on this hike but amazing views.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this on Jan 12, 2019. Beautiful views of ocean and also wildlife— lots of elk quite close by along the trail, and lots of birding opportunities. Incline is not too bad as well. Got to tomales point trailhead parking lot around 10:45 and the small parking lot was full but there’s grass area right next to it that is used as overflow. By the time we left (around 3:45), there were double the amount of cars.

Loved seeing the elk and pretty flat - my 9 year old was able to complete the hike!

Nice hike for those who want lots of wildlife and ocean scenery. Started before sunrise and by the time I was back the lot was very full. Recommend getting there early.

Hey there! Anyone know if the trail is open? I went by today and the road was closed...

Thanks!

great views along the way, and great payoff at the waterfall along the beach. be careful on the climb down to the beach.

Great hike. It is neat to see the Elk herds. Worth the trip.

This hike is awesome. Great ocean views, lakes, forest, waterfalls. It is one of my favorite local hikes. Well worth the trip even though it’s pretty heavily trafficked.

Super easy walk thank goodness because my eyes were never on the trail. Breathtaking beauty.

More difficult than moderate but quite a nice view of Shasta at the top. Past bit is like walking up a giant staircase with big steps.

The drive to the trailhead is gorgeous. I only completed a portion of the trail because I arrived so late but it was windy, with wildlife all around, and beautiful views of the coast.

Wonderful hike! Arrived at the parking lot 10am Saturday 12/29/18 and there were still space. Relatively easy trail with indicators to the fall. There is some rock scrambling involved, so be careful. When we left 1pm, the parking lot was packed and there were cars parked along the dirt road.

super great for a quick walk before work when you want some nature but don't have time to go to the woods.

Attempted to complete this trail but the PCT part of the loop is closed; had to cut the hike short. Not sure if the park always closes this every winter.

Also, be careful when descending during a cold winter day. We didn't realize that the paved path exposed to the mist coming from the falls is covered with black ice, until my husband slipped. Unfortunately, there were no signs indicating that the path might be icy (or did we miss it?). One wrong step, you'll end up falling to the rocky bottom.

Attention - the route shown is Bear Valley to Arch Rock. It does not go to Wildcat and Alamere Falls as indicated in the title, which would be a considerably longer and more strenuous hike.

This hike is good for kids if they are fairly strong hikers as it is a bit long: very easy to follow trails, shallow grades, varied and beautiful country, and a gorgeous ocean vista at the end. “Arch rock” collapsed some time ago, though, so don’t expect that.

As an alternative Bear Valley trail is very nice for biking. It is basically a fire road and very well maintained. It is a good beginner MTB ride suitable for kids but if you go fast on the downhill bits there are a few fun sections for more experienced riders too (of course be in control and conscientious of the hikers and equestrians you’ll be sharing the trail with). There is a rack at the end of the Bear Valley trail and you can hike from there. Doing it this way cuts down the time commitment considerably!

One of the best work-for-reward ratios in California. A wildly versatile out and back with very little technical terrain until the final approach to the falls. There you'll find amazing views of the pacific amongst a steady flow of water from the falls. The cliffs are an amazing spot for some food and drinks, or simply personal reflection. I also recommend the slightly more technical walk down to the beach on a steep trail off to the right (looking to the Pacific). There you'll see the falls finish their journey to the ocean. Don't sit too close to the walls though, as the rockfall is a consistent reminder that the erosion that created these cliffs is a never-ending job for mother nature.

Soooo worth it. Such a beautiful hike and the falls are one of a kind. The white arrow at the turn off is almost faded so be aware of where you are going.

on Cascade Falls Trail

hiking
23 days ago

nice day hike, good views

hiking
23 days ago

One of my very favorite hikes. Seeing water on both sides is amazing. The Tule Elk are fun to see on the way.

hiking
24 days ago

Very clean and comfortable place to hike and get in the water to play!

hiking
24 days ago

I’ve got to agree with everyone else: fantastic hike. In addition to the views you’ll see tons of raptors - especially Harriers, Red-Tailed Hawks and Kestrels - as well as Tule Elk, Mule Deer and Coyotes.

Beautiful crisp blue Christmas Day hike. Definitely worth waking up early to avoid the crowds. Majestic elk and magical floating birds. A Sonoma County gem! The views at the point are stunning.

hiking
27 days ago

very windy but awesome views. saw elk, coyotes, vultures. highly recommend but dress warm!

gorgeous trail and amazing falls but don't miss the turn off to the falls! there are no signs indicating Alamere Falls. there is a pile of rocks in the shape of an arrow at about mile 4 that indicates the trail that leads down to the falls. it is a clear trail but we missed it because it just looks like it would be a quick/unofficial offshoot. missing it added another 4 miles for us as we decided to do the lake loop and come back. the falls were gorgeous and very unique. black sand beach. most of the trail is relatively easy, no steep parts until you get to the falls and go down to the beach.

my favorite trail in bay area!

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