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.
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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