Tomales Point Trail
ElevationAscent: 996' 304 m
Descent: -996' -304 m
High: 534' 163 m
Low: 83' 25 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“A trail with spectacular coastal views and probable elk sightings.”— Megan W
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.
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.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Point Reyes National Seashore