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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
6 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!

hiking
6 days ago

I love this hike! Amazing views at the end. Shared the trail with cows. A gentle trail through pastures.

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.

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

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.

walking
17 days ago

Very disappointed that dogs were only allowed to the left of the parking lot — expected them to be allowed on the mapped trail with leash so this was a waste of a trip.

That said, very beautiful beach.

hiking
18 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
20 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
23 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hills and weather, perfect for a Thanksgiving hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike on very easy terrain. Too bad I forgot my binoculars because the elks were beautiful and majestic, we also got to see whales in the distance!

Beautiful Views! The Elk are Spectacular!!

hiking
2 months ago

Part of the trail is closed. You can still make it to the end but prepare to add on about 8 extra miles to avoid getting torn up by the overgrown brush. Beautiful views of the sunset and tons of deer.

hiking
2 months ago

My first time in Point Reyes. So beautiful! The elk, the wild flowers, the views. At first I was thinking this hike is on the easier side of moderate but the distance definitely makes it a bit more challenging. The distance and fighting through the head-high wild flowers to get to the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike!

We started the hike about 9:30am October 20, 2018. Couldn't ask for better weather. There was a little coastal fog that burned off quickly and no wind.

The first part of the hike is easy and the views of the Pacific Ocean are amazing. Elk can be found throughout the trail. About a mile in, the trail has a good moderate climb.

The real reward is when you reach the point. Because there was no wind, we enjoyed our sandwiches while watching a seal play in the water. We were literally perched on the cliff overlooking the beautiful waves crashing on the shore below.

The return trip was on the same trail, but there were lots of hikers by this time. So glad we left early so we could enjoy some solitude before the crowds. When we returned to the parking lot around 2:00 pm, it was full!

We strolled around the old ranch there looking at the buildings, etc. By the time we returned to our car, about 2:30pm, we noticed that the wind had picked up.

Highly recommend this hike in the morning to avoid crowds and wind!

on Sunset Beach Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice relatively flat walk. Our 7 year old made it but was quite tired so I’d rank it 7+ kids wise.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike—stunning views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay and south to Drakes Bay. Mild incline about a mile into the hike, but easy hiking on the maintained trail. The last half mile on the unmaintained stretch is a narrow, sandy channel through scratchy foliage, so long pants are a plus, but the view is worth the effort. Lots of Tule elk, we also saw a fox and a coyote as well as birds galore. Be aware that the whole hike is exposed, so take water and keep that in mind as regards clothes. Hike this! It’s awesome.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a super easy hike and very scenic, but long as everyone says. You will get up close and personal with the elk and the birds at the end. I give it 4 stars because there is no water refill stations in the park at all and bathrooms are scarce. But this hike in particular is great.

walking
3 months ago

It is one of my favorite beach. Beautiful. You can walk or run miles and miles, left and right. Lots of people, kids playing, people riding horses along the beach.

It took us just under four hours to hike this out and back trail. The views were stunning and we saw many elk as well as a wolf. We enjoyed the hike even though it was raining for about half of the way to the point. The cliffs were a beautiful sight and the sun sparkling on the ocean was beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my top favorite trail, very scenic. Lots of Elks. I love the cliffs at the end of the trail, very relaxing and peaceful. Highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. Lots of elk, especially when you make it to the watering hole. That last mile of sandy trail wears you out though. But the cliffs are worth it. Highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

Sunday late am - early pm. Hiked the loop counter-clockwise. Note short stretch of unpaved road to trailhead. After brief stretch of gravel access road at beginning of hike, the western leg becomes a lovely path through the woods, gently undulating, some shade/some sun. Encountered deer and quail, few people. No shade as you approach the ocean. Toilets at Limantour parking lots. Walked along beach on southern leg then cut up to Coast Trail (look for lone tree at low spot in the dune). Eastern leg of loop is mostly gravel road with one short shady stretch; lovely scenery but more exposed and can be hot. I will probably do out-and-back on Muddy Hollow trail next time. Enjoyed the variety (woods, wetlands, beach) on this easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

A very hot, though peaceful, hike. No wildlife spotting. Walked around the beach for a bit, since it was low tide — it was okay.

Beautiful dirt trail leading to the coast.

Many Elk. Very minimal inclines. Many children and elderly on the trail. Went barefoot the last mile or so in the sand. One of the calmest and most serene 10 milers in my experience

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