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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 252 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
1190 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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7 days ago

Beautiful trail with amazing views the whole way. Total exposure and windy/cold so have layers, windbreaker, sunglasses, and sunscreen to best enjoy your time. There is one moderate hill, but I did the full loop with a friend in 4 hours including stopping for pictures and a picnic so its really not that bad. Highly recommend this hike

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16 days ago

No fog today. Gorgeous views of ocean. Elk herds can be seen grazing pretty up close. Moderate difficulty.

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Love this ocean view hike!

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1 month ago

We mainly hiked the trail to see elk many of which were at a pond near the end of the "maintained" portion of the trail. Most of the trail is completely exposed in terms of no shade and view varies little mile to mile. Can see water on both sides for much of the hike which is real amazing. Unmaintained portion of trail is easy to follow. More hills than I was expecting.

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1 month ago