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Tomales Point Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Marshall, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 1,177 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Beach

Views

Wildlife

Over grown

No dogs

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Hike out to Tomales Point with stunning views surrounding you on all sides. An excellent out and back day hike. This open trail 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.

Parking off of Pierce Point Rd.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Tomales Point requires a long drive and a long hike. Plan for an all-day outing if you want to go the distance. Don't count on solitude: this is a popular trail, especially during the elk rut. The trails won't be packed, but they won't be empty, either. Elk are massive, dangerous wild animals; never try to get close to one. Human hide is no match for bull elk antlers; an unfortunate few have been fatally gored. Check the weather forecast for Point Reyes Station before you go. The hike's worth doing in all weather but you'll have a better chance of enjoying yourself if you're properly prepared. What to bring: A camera and binoculars. Layers, especially a wind-breaker. Sun screen; there's no shade on this hike Water and snacks.

Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center: Travel north on Bear Valley Road to Inverness Park. Continue northward on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (do not turn right). Follow this park road through Inverness as it begins to bear westward. Past Inverness the road forks. Take the right side of the fork, which is Pierce Point Road. The trail begins at the end of Pierce Point Road, 40 minutes driving time from Bear Valley.

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Bijay Devkota
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HikingNo shade

Great trail with Great views Elk everywhere

Monica Reimold
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HikingNo shade

Fantastic hike. No shade but plenty of sea breeze so never felt oppressively hot. The elk are incredible and we had a couple cool close encounters with coyote. Stunning!

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Ella Do
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Ronald Palma
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HikingNo shade

Great day hike. There are a few sandy areas that you need to be ready for. Saw total of 50 or so tule elk throughout the trail. Also no shady.

Andrew Pacheco
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

this recording is only half of the hike, my phone was dying and i decided to end it when we got to the point. LOOOOOONG hike, very peaceful. started as being the only car in the lot at 9:30am and had the whole trail to ourselves till we started on our way back. seeing the ELK was breath-taking, additionally saw a small gardener snake, many bugs, and was told there was a coyote.

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Kris Morales
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Pretty good hike but highly recommend wearing pants due to the over grown brush towards the point. I also recommend starting off early due to no shade. Loved seeing the elk and seeing the waves hit the rocks. The hike was pretty easy except for mid point when the terrain turns into sand, which made it a little more difficult to walk through. I enjoyed the hike, except for getting all that sand in my shoes.

Winnie Liang
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HikingNo shade
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Arash K.
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No shadeOver grown

The hike is a bit overrated. The views are nice, and you get to see elks, birds and the ocean. But, the whole trail is almost the same, and you can see most of these halfway through. The trail is a long unshaded hike with less flowers this time of the year. Wearing pants is highly recommended, as the overgrown bushes after the midpoint makes hiking really painful.

Coll M.
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Saws lots of elk and birds, no snakes. Lovely coastal views and breeze. No restrooms, the walk back was tedious, got a bit of sunburn. Reviews were helpful to wear long pants/shirts and bring a second jacket and food.

Aurelio David
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HikingNo shade
Ash Win
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HikingOver grown
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Sissy Petropoulou
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Hiking

This is half the recording from the point back because my phone stopped and I did not notice. Easy hike but exposed .. hard to find sitting to rest or pee as there is no coverage anywhere. Good spot somewhere in the middle people irresponsible of picking up their toilet paper! Overall good hike to see the ocean and get sun

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Delyn Jessica Bontilao
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HikingNo shade
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Maya Facciolo
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Hiking

Great trail! Start early to avoid people and then go down to the beach after the hike. Heavenly!

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Jamie Yang
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HikingOver grown
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Raul Rodriguez
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HikingOff trailOver grown

I started this trail at 745am-8am on a Friday July 3rd. It’s right before 4th of July so I was hoping to beat the crowd. On my way out, I was the only one there and I got pretty close to the elk. My Apple Watch tracked it as a total of 9.5 miles with sour 1200 feet elevation. Halfway point was 4.6 which would be the further point out. The last mile or so is through sand and lots of overgrown brush but definitely worth it for the view at the end. On my way back (10am or so) there were tons of people making their way out. Given is a holiday weekend I was about to avoid the crowd in the earlier hours but unfortunately ran into many people not respecting social distancing nor using a mask. Too many groups with 10+ people even some groups with 20+ people without masks. If you can do during the week day in the early hours I would recommend but if it’s weekend probably not. The trail is pretty easy but it is long so I guess that is what makes it moderate but I have done much harder trails back home. I personally had the lands end point to myself for about 30-40 minutes.

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Lulu Trujillo
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HikingNo shade

We went very early. The elk make this hike unbelievably unique! It is a non-shaded hike and the last leg of hike going towards point you will get lots of sand in your shoes, be prepared! A nice little workout and ocean views the whole hike. There’s a large isolated boulder for great photo op about halfway going in or back out on the ocean side! Will definitely do this hike again!

Peter McBride
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of elk, wildflowers, ladybugs, and views.

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Daniel Deng
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HikingNo shade

Watch out! There are SNAKES hiding in the grass. I encountered twice.

AllTrails User
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Definitely a long but beautiful hike. You can see the Pacific on one side and Tomales Bay on the other. This goes through the Tule Elk territory so you will likely see herds of them.

Christina Sorensen
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky
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