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Tomales Pt Trailhead, Tule Elk and Whale Watching Hike, Sat 10:30am

Hello Hikers!

This hike is a wildlife lover's hike - last time I did this hike I saw over 50 Tule Elk (including sparring males and mothers with babies) and a Whale (close enough to make out the spots on it's back!).  Whales are never a guarantee, but this is the best spot at the exact best time of the year to spot a whale from shore.   As this hike is guaranteed to fill up, no guests are allowed at this event.

This hike is 9.5 miles all told, and is an 'in and out' hike - meaning we take one trail to the very tip of Tomales Pt. and then hike back on the same trail (so if you get tired it's an easy turn around to cut it shorter).  On this hike you'll see many tule elk close up (picture attached is from my last excursion here) as well as an abundance of wildflowers and almost continual views of the ocean.  This is a hike to wear layers on, it can alternate between chilly and warm.  There are absolutely no difficult sections of this trail in terms of loose rocks, tough footing, etc.  The only real challenges are that about 25% of this hike is through a sandy area which means a bit slower going and it's longish.  Total elevation change (combined ascent and descent) is about 1,300 feet, but there are no long or steep hills on this, it's all rolling hills and long flat areas.  We'll have a group picnic lunch surrounded by the ocean on 3 sides, at the utmost pinnacle of Tomales Point, so bring a lunch worthy of such an epic view. This is also one of the quietest, most peaceful trails I know of.

If you're a beginner and are looking to increase your hiking distance, this is an excellent hike to do so on as it's not a technical hike at all - in fact good quality sneakers will suffice on this, though due to the sandy area you may still want to consider trail shoes or hiking boots.

Difficulty: 4/10
Scenery: 9/10

Getting there:
From US 101 in Marin County, exit at Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1, then turn right, drive 0.1 mile, and then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. After 2 miles, Bear Valley Road ends at Sir Francis Drake, then turn left. Continue on Sir Francis Drake about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Pierce Point Road. Drive about 9 miles on Pierce Point Road to the signed Tomales Point Trailhead, a short distance from McClures Beach, at the end of the road. 
Look for my car (red audi TT) or call, but you'll easily spot the parking area - Michael,[masked] 8812.

PS - DON'T USE GOOGLE MAPS - IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE WRONG SPOT. YOU MUST USE MY DIRECTIONS ABOVE 

Hope to see you there!

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  • Gizelle

    I think this may be the lone wolf that a few of us spotted. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/wolf/OR7story.htmlv

    March 25, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Thank you - unfortunately the link doesn't seem to be working.. I thought it was a coyote... how did you find this story?! Awesome that you did!

      March 25, 2014

    • Gizelle

      Here I'll try that again. https://www.dfg.ca.gov...­

      1 · March 28, 2014

  • Berlena G.

    Lovely!!

    March 26, 2014

  • Berlena G.

    It was lovely and I enjoyed the views and seeing the Elks. Didn't spot any whales but maybe next time!!!

    March 26, 2014

  • Ramona S.

    Great fun

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • John P.

    Five Star Scenery!

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous views and nice people!
    A little weird to never meet the host, and start the hike on our own...But thanks for providing the framework for the hike.

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We met Michael! He hiked past us wearing a yellow jacket :-)

      March 23, 2014

  • Laura

    You rock too Berlena. Beautiful hike made even better by our awesome little group.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Oscar V.

    Awesome views and peaceful hike.

    March 23, 2014

  • Berlena G.

    Did Michael ever show up? Certainly would have been nice to meet him!!! Had a great time with Kailah, Patricia, Laura and Marcella. We were all 1st time hikers with this group. You ladies ROCK! Thank you for a great day.

    March 23, 2014

    • Alex

      He did. At first I thought his car might have been charged by cows on the way to the parking lot but then he explained someone was blocking his driveway. Great hike nonetheless!

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Gizelle

    Thanks Michael, it was beautiful.

    March 22, 2014

  • Stephane A.

    Thanks Michael for an amazing hike today!!

    March 22, 2014

  • THÚY

    I will not be able to make it, I hope everyone has a fantastic hike!

    March 22, 2014

  • Ellen K.

    I am from Marin...anyone else want a ride?

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Sean G.

    I can take three from SF if anyone's coming that way

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • laurie h.

      HI Sean, Can you drive by the Presidio on your way to GG bridge. I'll send you a private message as well. L

      March 21, 2014

    • laurie h.

      Sean: My number is 415.630.3163. Please text me if you're coming by this way. Thanks!

      March 21, 2014

  • Matt

    Anyone car-sharing/driving from the city and have a space? I just got off the wait list and would like to attend if possible. Thanks!

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thrilled to hike....

    March 21, 2014

  • omar k.

    Sorry got called in to work tomorrow

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    is everyone just bringing their own supplies for lunch?

    March 21, 2014

  • THÚY

    Wow...this hike sounds amazing!

    March 21, 2014

  • Ellen K.

    I need to cancel (ill) so someone on the waitlist can now go. Sorry to miss out. Enjoy.

    March 21, 2014

  • Patricia

    Anyone east of the the tunnel (Concord, Walnut Creek, etc.) want to card pool? I can take 4 passengers.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • J.h

      Hi Patricia, do you still have room for one more?

      March 20, 2014

    • Patricia

      Hey, Max. It will be kind of cozy but I'm ok w/ that. Can you be at Orinda BART by 8:15-8:30?

      March 20, 2014

  • Oscar V.

    Hi Michael,
    Is this trail pet friendly?

    March 20, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Nope.. this is a tule elk reserve so pets are not allowed.

      March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    if enough people need to ride from SF... maybe we can chip in for a zip car?

    February 23, 2014

    • April S.

      I'd also be willing to chip in for this.

      March 19, 2014

    • Mary W.

      April, there is a free seat in my car leaving from SF. We're leaving at 8:30am. LMK if you're interested.

      March 20, 2014

  • Ellen K.

    I am from Marin...anyone else want a ride?

    February 24, 2014

    • Nick

      Hi Ellen, I have an early appointment near downtown San Rafael that will end around 9:30am. I don't know if that leaves enough time to meet you. It depends where you are and what time you're leaving. If it doesn't work, I'll drive to the hike on my own. - Nick

      March 18, 2014

  • Mary W.

    I'll be driving up from SF and can take three...

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Cameron

      sounds good. see you there!

      March 16, 2014

    • Mary W.

      I'll be in a gray Mini Cooper with a Thule roof rack. My number is[masked]

      1 · March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seriously, my left foot is a real problem. Can anybody recommend a good sports medicine doctor?

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just received confirmation. Is my partner included? I'm new to this and intended to include him on wait list.

    March 17, 2014

  • Luisa C

    I'll need a ride from berkeley or I can meet at any bart station . Thanks!!

    March 2, 2014

    • Michael D.

      It's been way too long my friend, I can't wait to see you!

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • Mike C

    @Luisa C. I can drive. I'm at Del Mar Ave and Parnassus Ave in Berkeley.

    North Berkeley BART stop please.

    Anyone else need a ride?
    Mike

    2 · March 3, 2014

    • Chia

      Great! I'll send you a message to touch base prior to the hike. Thanks, Mike!

      March 6, 2014

    • Michael D.

      My Luisa is coming! :-)

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • Mike C

    Gosh...50 people. Someone brings name tags! =)

    2 · March 13, 2014

  • Vernon S.

    Have to work :(

    March 13, 2014

  • omar k.

    Anyone leaving from the South Bay? I live in Sunnyvale and I'm looking to carpool.

    March 4, 2014

    • Raman

      Hey Omar, I am in MV. I am looking to carpool too...

      2 · March 8, 2014

  • Kathleen B.

    My partner, Deirdre and I are looking forward to this hike! Michael your photos looks awesome- can't wait!

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Sedrick

    Enjoy you all. Cancel here for work. Thanks.

    February 25, 2014

  • Ellen K.

    I am from Marin...anyone else want a ride?

    February 24, 2014

  • Michael D.

    As this is a very easy hike, where you literally can't get lost (unless walking down one trail with no turns or intersections is difficult for you..lol) and because I'm such a nice guy I'm going to open it up to more people. ;-)

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've done this hike before, and it's great, even without the wildlife. I'm among the car-less, but I'm sure we can figure out car-pooling/zip-rental closer to the date.

    February 24, 2014

  • April S.

    I'll be coming from SF and I will need a ride. Willing to chip in for gas, etc.

    February 23, 2014

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