Tomales Point Trail

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9.8 Miles 15.7 Kilometers


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996' 304 m

Ascent

-996' -304 m

Descent

534' 163 m

High

83' 25 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

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A trail with spectacular coastal views and probable elk sightings.

Megan W.

Overview

The Tomales Point Trail travels along the ridgeline towards the northernmost tip of the peninsula offering amazing views of the Pacific coastline and down into Tomales Bay. The wide former ranch road passes through scrub and grasses with only minor hills to climb.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: You don't have to make it all the way to the point to have a great time on this trail. Given that the trail cuts through the elk preserve, kids are sure to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals.
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

The parking for the Tomales Point Trail is on the site of the Pierce Ranch house and dairy barn where locally famous butter was produced starting in 1858. The dairy products were shipped to San Francisco from a dock in Tomales Bay.

This mellow trail is an out-and-back, so you can turn around at any point. The "official" doubletrack trail ends after a long descent to the Lower Pierce Ranch near a pond and grove of eucalyptus. An "unofficial" singletrack trail continues on to vista point at the very tip from which you can see Bird Rock (to the west) and Bodega Head (to the east). The trail becomes fainter the further you go towards the bluffs.

If you stay long enough, in a few millennia you'll become detached from California - the San Andreas fault runs under Tomales Bay, taking Pt. Reyes north on its tectonic plate away from California's southbound plate. Another word to the wise: check the weather for a clear day, as fog frequently obscures the views. It is also windier and colder on the coast. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is located within the Pt. Reyes Nat. Seashore elk preserve so you are nearly guaranteed to see some of the ~450 native tule elk which live here. In September the male elk are in their rut, so listen for bugling and crashing antlers. Elephant seals congregate on the beaches below in February and March. Other wildlife include mountain lion, raccoon, rabbits, birds non-venomous snakes. Wildflowers (especially poppies, iris and lupine) are abundant April-June.

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Nov 21, 2016
Julie Jones
Gorgeous... must do again. Great for running 3mi — 2h 00m
Nov 15, 2016
jessica bodary
Sep 20, 2016
Jeffrey Schneider
We saw pelicans, a red-tailed hawk, a coyote, and dozens of tule elk, and wandered through beautiful vistas, capped by those at Tomales Point.
Sep 5, 2016
Felix Papillon
Aug 21, 2016
Vivi Lau
Aug 18, 2016
Jason Cashdollar
Great hike for visitors
Aug 11, 2016
Glenn Nelson
10mi
Jul 4, 2016
Kirsten Vitrikas

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