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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 228 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.

3 hours ago

My favourite hike in Point Reyes. Beautiful for wild flowers, birds, seal, elks and Amazing coastal views of both the bay and out to sea. Great to catch as the sun goes down. Pretty easy going.

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8 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views and wild Elk! Total time is about 6 hours.

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9 days ago

Gorgeous hike- saw a coyote, elk, deer, turkeys. Was foggy on the way in and beautifully clear on the way out. Took about 3.5 hours, moving pretty quickly.

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15 days ago

Lovely hike. Saw the famous elk, many beautiful birds, and a coyote! The vistas are grand and well worth the distance to the tip of the peninsula and back.

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17 days ago

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20 days ago

awesome views plus added bonus of seeing elk out there couldn't pick a better day

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21 days ago

We hiked this trail in late June because we wanted to see the elk. Wow... we didn't know what to expect as we hadn't actually factored this trail into our plans. But it was a wonderful trail. We started out before mid-morning, and it was quite cool and very foggy, so our views on the way up the trail were pretty limited, though we did see elk. However, on our return, the fog magically lifted and we could see out into the ocean and also the bay. It was like a new trail in that regard. I recommend it for the views, the elk, the wildflowers, and the birds... and it isn't difficult at all. You can also make it shorter by simply turning around when you're ready to. Well worth the hike!

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