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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 173 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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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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yum

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16 days ago

Today was my second time on this trail but last time (August several years ago) it was fogged over without much view. Today was crystal clear, the wildflowers were abundant and the tule elk were everywhere. Spectacular. On a such a day - especially weekday so not too crowded, ending an hour before sunset - it's hard to beat this hike.

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My favorite in the area, lots of wild life and beautiful vistas

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Took the trail this morning, and was NOT disappointed! Pretty easy walk, about 9 miles round trip--with very little variation in the type of terrain, so most people will have little to no problem getting to the end.
**The hike was relatively easy, the last mile was sand and slightly uphill, so tough to walk through but the sights at the end are absolutely worth the work!!
**The views are spectacular the entire way, I imagine even if it's overcast.
Things I would recommend if you go:
1. Wear layers! It's pretty chilly out at the point near the water -- but leading up, the trail is not covered so you will be in the sun the entire time.
2. Go early! We got there around 9am and saw a ton of elk walking near the trail beginning and some on the trail itself. On our way back the trail was full of people and the parking was a nightmare, so definitely get there early early!
3. Wear long pants! I know, I know, you think you will be hot, and maybe you will--but the trail is really narrow and the tall weeds/plants scratch the heck out of your legs nearly the entire way-Despite the reviews I read, I wore Capri workout pants and I regretted it :(
4. Bring extra sneakers and socks and leave em in your car. The last mile heading to the point is all sand so you're going to want to change into something at the end.
Have fun!

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