Hike the Tomales Point Trail, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
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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.
- Snack or lunch
- Long pants (unmaintained portion of the trail)
- Photography gear
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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.
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"
Point Reyes Shooting Trip
Great Vibes & Amazing Views! The trip down here is worth it especially for sunset!
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.
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.
One of my all-time favorite hikes!
Some of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen.
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!
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
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.
Bryn wants to do this as well.
bring a snack, you'll want to stay
Sorry Lisa, no dogs
Sweet views of the ocean from the cliffs above at the end of the hike
It's pretty foggy during the summer, so remember to bring layers.
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