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Tomales Point Trail

MODERATE 293 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
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
15 hours ago

Note: As of 2018-01-20, the road, parking, restroom, and trail are all open and accessible, despite the government shutdown.

hiking
6 days ago

Well definitely full of elk, if you have never seen one I can guarantee you will see a ton. The actual hike was ok, not a lot to look at or see. It was pretty flat and was over an open plain. I was hoping to see more uniqueness but it is a great flat course that would be better suited for trail runners in my opinion. The best views come right before the point off to the west looking at all the unique rock in the water.

hiking
7 days ago

Of course this is a wonderful iconic hike . Today’s weather wasn’t the most pleasurable but there were many hawks and tule elk. Wish I had know how
It was near the end as had to
sandy it was at the end as

7 days ago

Foggy until about noon. TONS of elk! Fairly easy hike, although the sandy part was a little challenging. My gaiters Kept my shoes sand-free. Beautiful hike. I will be back!

hiking
9 days ago

Very nice hike that is flat. You get cliff beaches and elk almost the whole way. Not much shade so bring a hat (I think there is one tree). Very doable with a 10 month old on my back.

13 days ago

Great wildlife during, great cliff views at the end. Can get a bit foggy in the middle but worth it to keep on trucking

15 days ago

Great for trail running

Amazing views and hiking between Pacific Ocean and back waters are so beautiful also you will see lot of elks in the trail

hiking
21 days ago

Fun! Great views throughout but no shade at all. And those sandy uphills are killer!

21 days ago

This was a gorgeous hike! We have 3 young children and saw many families along the trail. A few areas of steep or uneven footing for little ones, but otherwise a great trail. Very sunny so pack sunscreen and water.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was great. Be prepared to spend 3.5-4.5 hours hiking. Saw a LOT of elk very close to the trail, so be careful and try not to disturb them, they seem to mind they’re own business. Great views the whole time but it was very cold and windy this time of the year. I’d advise to wear a windbreaker and something to cover ears. Only thing that wasn’t too great is the end portion of the hike is all sand and incline. I had to empty my shoes 3 Times. I’d advise to wear boots specifically for this portion. Otherwise a great hike. I’d do it again but with boots on.

hiking
24 days ago

amazing views of numerous cliffs, cypress trees, tule elk, birds and maybe coyotes! The route is unshaded, so start at sunrise.

hiking
25 days ago

Wow Amazing for night hike as there are no shadows from trees. Gorgeous moon light views. You definitely see shy wild life. Takes 3.5 to 4 hours round trip.

26 days ago

Cold this time of year...bundle up and peel off layers as needed. Nice to see roaming elk in their natural habitat. No dogs allowed, but much poop on trail..watch your step...long trail, but worth the views! 3.5 to 4hrs round trip

hiking
28 days ago

It’s a good glute workout, awesome views that can be cold and windy so bundle up. Lots of elk, really, really cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with amazing views the whole way. Total exposure and windy/cold so have layers, windbreaker, sunglasses, and sunscreen to best enjoy your time. There is one moderate hill, but I did the full loop with a friend in 4 hours including stopping for pictures and a picnic so its really not that bad. Highly recommend this hike

hiking
1 month ago

No fog today. Gorgeous views of ocean. Elk herds can be seen grazing pretty up close. Moderate difficulty.

2 months ago

Love this ocean view hike!

hiking
2 months ago

We mainly hiked the trail to see elk many of which were at a pond near the end of the "maintained" portion of the trail. Most of the trail is completely exposed in terms of no shade and view varies little mile to mile. Can see water on both sides for much of the hike which is real amazing. Unmaintained portion of trail is easy to follow. More hills than I was expecting.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hiking! Highly recommend

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