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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 559 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
1,177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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 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.

hiking
muddy
22 hours ago

My boyfriend and I got up at 4am to get here early and we were the first ones here right at sunrise. This was the best hike of our lives so far. A little chilly in the beginning but warmed up a lot once the sun rose more. Having this beautiful trail all to ourselves, seeing herd of elk pass merely feet in front of us, and sitting at the very end to have some lunch was worth everything. We also saw a coyote and deer. On the way back we started to see lots of people, hundreds of people by the time we got back to the beginning, and all the elk had retreated far from the trail. We definitely recommend getting here early but it was well worth it!!!

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

The elk is worth it but go allll the way to the end! It’s totally worth it! About a 2.5 hr hike?

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail, was quite crowded when we hiked. Lots of elks near the trail, it was still muddy in some parts. I felt like the most beautiful part for me was in the beggining of the trail, although elks usually hang out more towards the end of it, so it balances out. Overall took us about 4 hours, the trail itself was not too challenging.

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 days ago

The highlight of this trail was seeing all of the tule elk. There were a few nice views of the coast. The trail is all open and wind exposed. It was pretty muddy in some places and there was running/trickling water on parts of the trail.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Nice hike for an early Wednesday (started around 10am and were one of about 3-4 cars there. Only ran into a couple hikers throughout. About a 4 hour hike. Lots of elk all around, I would say we saw 50 easily, and 2 coyotes. Highly recommend

5 days ago

Amazing trail! Lots of wildlife. Saw several hawks and Tule Elk. Trail is a bit muddy in parts, right now, but not too bad.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

Apparently Very often in fog. Plan to get there very early to avoid it and check your weather forecast. The elks are also pretty impressive but where is the middle of the trail on the way back because of the fog. We were a bit scared out but it was def an experience we will remember ^^ very cool trail when it was sunny!

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Great green views. spotted wild life at many spots. Great see surrounded views at point. Muddy and lengthy trail.

hiking
muddy
27 days ago

recorded Tomales Point Trail

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful views of elk and several coyotes.

1 month ago

Great viewing of the elk and coyotes.

hiking
1 month ago

If you don’t enjoy crowds I would recommend arriving by 9am. We only saw a handful of people on the way out and it was very serene. Beautiful hike throughout, Elk were amazing. We stopped and ate sandwiches at the point and watched for whales (didn’t see any). The way back was packed with people (many large groups and some even playing music....). Moderate is a fair rating for this trial.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This trail was great for beginners. Bring water and layers as you will work up a sweat if you go all the way to the point. Don’t forget sunblock as there is no shade. The Elk are beautiful and very aware of your presence. We also saw red tail hawks. Beautiful. I’m sure on a more costal foggy day it would be windy and chilly.

hiking
1 month ago

Simple casual and fun hike with great views all along. PS: towards the end, you might see it not well maintained!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Took our 3.5 yo and our 10mo in a backpack. Very exposed so bring lots of sun screen. There was tons of wildlife (bobcat, coyote, elk, hawks). This was open despite government shutdown.

1 month ago

great views

hiking
1 month ago

Windy but beautiful. Saw a herd of elks before the sunset. Stunning views. Easy hike except the wind.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike. Saw two coyotes, elk and deer. Bathrooms were closed when I went due to the government shutdown. Hardly any trees on this hike but amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this on Jan 12, 2019. Beautiful views of ocean and also wildlife— lots of elk quite close by along the trail, and lots of birding opportunities. Incline is not too bad as well. Got to tomales point trailhead parking lot around 10:45 and the small parking lot was full but there’s grass area right next to it that is used as overflow. By the time we left (around 3:45), there were double the amount of cars.

2 months ago

Loved seeing the elk and pretty flat - my 9 year old was able to complete the hike!

2 months ago

Nice hike for those who want lots of wildlife and ocean scenery. Started before sunrise and by the time I was back the lot was very full. Recommend getting there early.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. It is neat to see the Elk herds. Worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my very favorite hikes. Seeing water on both sides is amazing. The Tule Elk are fun to see on the way.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve got to agree with everyone else: fantastic hike. In addition to the views you’ll see tons of raptors - especially Harriers, Red-Tailed Hawks and Kestrels - as well as Tule Elk, Mule Deer and Coyotes.

2 months ago

Beautiful crisp blue Christmas Day hike. Definitely worth waking up early to avoid the crowds. Majestic elk and magical floating birds. A Sonoma County gem! The views at the point are stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

very windy but awesome views. saw elk, coyotes, vultures. highly recommend but dress warm!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hills and weather, perfect for a Thanksgiving hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike on very easy terrain. Too bad I forgot my binoculars because the elks were beautiful and majestic, we also got to see whales in the distance!

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