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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 133 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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8 days ago

Great views at the end! I prefer more trees though!

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8 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! Ocean view the whole way. Make sure to dress in layers as it can get pretty windy. I would also recommend to not wear shorts. There are very narrow sections where you are walking through high grass and brush. There are also sections where you are hiking on sand. Lots of birds, wild flowers and Elk to see! Just beautiful!!

14 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

STUNNING. Wildflowers, birds, ocean views and a decent challenge at times (uphill sand). We went a bit late with hardly anyone on the trail so saw elk just feet away the whole way back. TIP: Make sure you enter the right Tomales Point in your GPS!!!

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome adventure and beautiful time with friends DIng Dong and SQuirt powderpuff friends.

22 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favorites in the Bay Area. Absolutely stunning.

backpacking
28 days ago

All time favorite hike! You need to plan it with good weather.

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning all around. Started around 8:30AM on a Tuesday and had the entire team to ourselves until reaching the bluffs and dawdling with boxed wine for a while. Elk practically on the trail at times, best really before greater activity causes them to move away. No cover pretty much the entire way and quite windy so layer up and bring sunscreen as needed.

hiking
1 month ago

so many wild flowers, elks, birds, ocean the best hike ever

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Lots of rollers.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorite hikes in the Bay Area. Started at the trailhead early (around 8am) and didn't have much of a crowd to deal with.

We hiked during running season and had multiple sightings/encounters with elk running across the trail. The second half is sand, making the hike a bit more strenuous, but it's a fantastic hike that we'd recommend to all!

hiking
1 month ago