Point Reyes National Seashore:Tomales Point Trail 

Spectacular hike among a myriad of wildlife featuring herds of Tule Elk. Easy to moderate 10 mile to the Northern most tip of Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Author: dhmphoto
Date: 16 Nov 2008 8:54:24 AM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my Nextel phone
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 4.9 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 757 ft
Total Loss: 1031 ft
Net Change: -275 ft
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: California, Inverness
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Spectacular hike among a myriad of wildlife featuring heards of Tule Elk. Easy to moderate 10 mile to the Northern most tip of Point Reyes National Seashore. Plants of the area: Abundant Coyote Brush, Bush Lupine, wild lilies and other wildflowers, Cypress Tress (those were the only trees we saw). Animals: Lots of Tule Elk, weasels, coyote, white tailed deer, mountain lions, brown pelicans, seagulls, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, vultures, cormorants, seagulls. (I saw all of those animals on my trip except for the coyotes and mountain lions, however I did see evidence of coyotes.)

TO TRAILHEAD: US 101N, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. West on Sir Francis Drake Blvd; R on CA 1, L on Sir Francis Drake. After 5.5 miles, right on Pierce Point Road. Trailhead is at the end of Pierce Point Road (9 miles). Park in the lot Tomales Point Trailhead parking. Overflow parking is along the street.

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Distance: 4.90 mi Points: 325
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Points of Interest


Location: 38.189018, -122.954125
Trailhead. There are no services at the trailhead. Remember to pack in water. Trailhead begins through the cypress trees at trailhead sign and then turns right after passing the historical Upper Pierce Ranch. The trail is well maintained and well traveled. The first part follows the Pacific Ocean on a hard-packed dirt, gradually ascending and then descending a moderate slope.


Location: 38.198635, -122.962051
Windy Gap/Windy Gulch. Begin ascent to the highest point on the trail (535ft). Tule Elk are abundant on both sides of the trail for the next couple of miles. Sights of Tomales Bay and the Pacific ocean can be had from numerous locations.


Location: 38.224327, -122.978874
Former site of Lower Pierce Ranch. Now all that remains are the Cypress trees. Start back climbing an easy ascent, look for Bird Rock just off the western shore. Pelicans and Cormorants are in abundance. Late Winter and early Spring, wildflowers carpet the slopes.


Location: 38.229836, -122.986168
Sandy trail from this point on. Labyrinth of trails among the coyote bushes wind their way to the point. (Trying to say here that the main path kind of splits up where people have chosen different routes to the point. Sometimes the converge, other times they intersect).


Location: 38.240624, -122.995209
Tomales Bluff. Trail is steep and sandy down to the bluff, but easily manageable. Take a break and enjoy the sights, you've earned it. Breathtaking coastal scenery, Pelicans and Cormorants glide along the surf. Sounds of crashing waves, elephant seals and a bell ringing from a buoy. Retrace route back to trailhead.

Trail at Upper Pierce Ranch

Location: 38.190170, -122.954735
The trail begins a the site of the historic Pierce Ranch.


Location: 38.189701, -122.954399


Location: 38.190842, -122.960243

Bull Tule Elk

Location: 38.221203, -122.975151

Seabird Silouhette

Location: 38.239338, -122.995636

Tomales Point

Location: 38.242161, -122.995705

Tomales Bluff

Location: 38.240685, -122.996307

Birds on a Rock

Location: 38.237930, -122.995636

Tule Elk

Location: 38.223621, -122.975418

Tomales Bay

Location: 38.222347, -122.973946
Herd of Tule Elk near Tomales Bay

Bull Elks

Location: 38.217777, -122.974350


Location: 38.217239, -122.973808

Follow the Leader

Location: 38.219948, -122.975205

Brown Pelican

Location: 38.236614, -122.994988

Coastal Bluff

Location: 38.234196, -122.993195

Tomales Bluff and Point

Location: 38.235577, -122.994087


Location: 38.222366, -122.975899

More Elk

Location: 38.223751, -122.977211

Bird Rock

Location: 38.230461, -122.991394

Tomales Bay near Windy Gap

Location: 38.198158, -122.959648

Old Ranch Road

Location: 38.197331, -122.964142

Crashing Surf

Location: 38.194008, -122.964554

Experienced Hiker

Location: 38.196083, -122.964691

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