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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 210 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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6 days ago

Beautiful ocean views. Saw a lot of wildlife.

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6 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike among coast to a stunning end point. Lots of elk! Mostly flat with a few rolling slopes- tougher at the end with sand but not for long. Push on even if it's foggy at the beginning- for us it was pretty clear on the Point although the earlier parts of the trail remained engulfed in fog.

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14 days ago

Visibility was limited due to fog, so no coastal views for us. We turned around halfway in. Seeing herds of elk close to the trail made it worth it though! The hike itself was not too difficult, inclines were gradual and trail was easy to follow. Would definitely try it again on a clear day.

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14 days ago

Great hike last mile out and then back is thick sane and it slows you down. Great to see the elk and hear the bells from the channel markers.

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22 days ago

Beautiful trail, get to see lot of Elk's on the trail.

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27 days ago

Beautiful views along the coast even on a foggy day. Was lucky enough to have an elk cross our path and snap some pictures. You start seeing them within the first 2 miles. Started the hike at 9am on a Sunday and parking lot wasn't completely full.

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27 days ago

Came on a foggy day. Scenery was magical and moody. Trail felt longer than expected but worth the trek until the very end. Got to see elk herd on multiple occasions. Scatter boulders make a good sitting spot for lunch and breaks.

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28 days ago

Beautiful trail , long but very enjoyable