Hike the Tomales Point Trail, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

San Francisco Tomales Point Trail

Added by Jake Young

Tomales Point is a moderate day hike with incredible seaside views, ending at the northern tip of Pt. Reyes. Along the trail, you'll have great opportunities to see tule elk.

This hike will take you through the Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes Nation Seashore, and offers fantastic views of Bodega and Tomales Bay, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

Start at the Tomales Point Trailhead near the Historic Pierce Point Ranch. Follow the trail for roughly three miles. This trail is very well maintained and you are almost guaranteed to see tule elk along the way.

After reaching Lower Pierce Point Ranch, the trail is not maintained and can be overgrown with bush lupine or other shrubs. From here, it is about 1.7 miles to the point. The trail should still be relatively easy to follow, but if you find yourself off-trail, just keep walking towards the end of the peninsula. The end of the peninsula, Tomales Bluff, is a great place to have a picnic.

There are many sensitive elk habitats along the way, so it is always a good idea to stay on trail. Throughout the hike, it is not uncommon to see many different types of wildlife, so make sure to leave no trace in their natural environment.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snack or lunch
  • Long pants (unmaintained portion of the trail)
  • Photography gear
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1300 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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19 days ago

Great Hike

A really nice hike with plenty to see, don't forget to dress properly as it can be pretty windy. After the rain that we had everything is in bloom, flowers everywhere, lots of birds and the elks are curious but try not to approach them as they'll run away. Don't forget to bring your camera as there's a lot to take photos of.

19 days ago

3 months ago

Great hike along the sea with lots of wildlife

Did this hike a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it! We did not make it all the way to the end, but enjoyed the wide open views of the ocean. We passed by many elk and also saw a coyote in the distance. Definitely recommend this hike to anyone visiting Point Reyes. Do go with a group as a mountain lion has been living out in this area.

3 months ago

6 months ago

Megafauna

Wanna see elk munching on grass with an ocean view? This is the place for you. Although the hike is on the longer side for a day hike, the scenery and wildlife make it worth it. I recommend bring a picnic and some beer to celebrate at the "end of the world"

6 months ago

8 months ago

Point Reyes Shooting Trip

Great Vibes & Amazing Views! The trip down here is worth it especially for sunset!

8 months ago

12 months ago

Tomales Point

Definitely get here early, especially if it's a weekend! By the time we got back to our car the parking lot and road out were completely filled up. It's a beautiful trail with very nice views.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Stunning Headlands

This hike is a beauty! I got there right after sunrise and there were only three other cars in the lot. The tule elk were active and, though cautious, not too interested in me. The trail is easy to follow even once it becomes "unmaintained." I hiked on a beautiful, cloud-free Sunday and on the hike back to my car I passed an endless stream of hikers. I'm glad I got there early! My hike in was relatively quiet, with only the occasional hiker around. The parking lot, and road into the lot, were packed. I saw enough runners to assume this is a great trail for running.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes!

Some of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen.

about 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

I prefer a mix of tree coverage and open sky on my hikes, so I don't put this trail in my top 10.... but a pleasant walk and definitely one for all types (no need to be a hiking expert). Great to be "out on the water" and super cool finish to see bay and ocean on both sides at the end!

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

Probably my favorite Pt. Reyes hike besides Estero Trail. You get it all on this one (Tamales Bay, ocean, flora/fauna) and it isn't too difficult if you want to take your time on it. Not the shortest drive to the trailhead but worth it

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Flowers as tall as me, elks 2 or 3 times larger than me ^_^ and yes, the view is just beautiful. Best combination (in my opinion) of coastal and mountain views. An easy hike, not much elevation changes. It is a long walk though, that's all you need to account for.

about 2 years ago

over 3 years ago

Bryn wants to do this as well.

over 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

bring a snack, you'll want to stay

over 3 years ago

almost 4 years ago

Sorry Lisa, no dogs

almost 4 years ago

almost 4 years ago

Sweet views of the ocean from the cliffs above at the end of the hike

almost 4 years ago

almost 4 years ago

almost 4 years ago

It's pretty foggy during the summer, so remember to bring layers.

almost 4 years ago

Added by Jake Young

Adventurer, Photographer, Impact Investor. I work with companies that want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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