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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Tomales Point Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

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1 day ago

relatively flat trail. done early afternoon Aug17. very foggy whole way. saw elk in 2 spots: start/end of trail near barn and at pond near mid-trail. very loud near end of day (5pm) near start/finish.

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11 days ago

Beautiful hike along the ocean. I saw a lot of elk!! Beautiful hike!

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20 days ago

Beautiful hike. Pretty easy hike but the mile in sand is a bit rough. Great views, lots of elk.

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22 days ago

This hike was really breathtaking. Drove through some really cute towns and got lunch at Point Reyes Station. The road to the hike is quite curvy. Bring lots of water and be prepared to take lots of pictures. We are relatively new to hiking so this was a bit difficult for us at times. But it truly was worth it. Got to see some amazing views at the end and even a whole elk family! last 1.7 miles is mainly sand which can be quite difficult at time's. As long as you are properly prepared this is a great hike.

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Beautiful ocean views. Recommend you pack plenty of water since there isn't much shade. Head out early to get parking and to beat the heat and crowds. 4 stars only because it is (understandably) popular and doesn't provide much opportunity for solitude.

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