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Hike with the Tule Elk.

       The Tomales Point tule elk reserve is not only a great place to watch wildlife, it's one of the quietest trails on Point Reyes. The single trail drifts north away from the trailhead, eventually reaching Tomales Point, nearly 5 miles from the nearest road.Squeezed on three sides by water, the only sounds are wind, surf, and bird cries. At a bluff overlooking the ocean you can spy on pelicans, cormorants, and seagulls, while elk bellow in the distance. The ocean views are pretty spectacular, this time of the year there's a strong possibility of seeing a whale or 2 swimming by!

  This is a 9.5 mile out and back hike, moderate if you’re a regular hiker. Here’s a link to a more detailed description and the directions to the trailhead as well.

http://bahiker.com/northbayhikes/tomalespt.html

  We’ll meet at the trailhead in the upper parking lot at 10:30am and start hiking soon thereafter. It can be windy, and there’s no water available so plan accordingly. Our lunch break will be at the tip of Tomales Point, the turn around spot for the hike.


FYI this hike is listed with another group.

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  • CaryLynn

    Beautiful, awesome, amazing one of a kind day!

    February 9, 2014

  • Linda B

    I had no idea how looong it would take to get out there! Made a panicked stop at first trailhead - Abbot's Lagoon - and met Sarah on the trail. We then hit McClure's beach (slog through sand?) and finally returned to the "right" trail. Looked for you all many times but Sarah and I rocked our hike. Hope your's was fun, too! Sarah, you saved the day for me!! Great companion!

    January 19, 2014

    • CaryLynn

      Oh Linda. I kept looking for u every car I'd say that must be Lindo that must be Linda before we took off... you're the reason I got there because I followed your directions that is too funny....now we know what happened to you! So glad it all turned out okay, it WAS a long way out there! WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!

      1 · January 20, 2014

    • CaryLynn

      and it was an amazing beautiful awesome day, Chuck nailed it, I'm quite sure the kind of been a more perfect day to visit the Point of Tomalas and the Tule elk were in rare form wait till you see my pictures I'm going to post later!

      2 · January 20, 2014

  • Sarah N.

    Got lost but somehow ended up getting lost at the same time and place as Linda so I suppose we ended up on the alternative hike. Beautiful views. Even got to see the Elk! Hope everyone else had a good time.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Max

    Sorry ,I will not be able to attend , have a pet emergency.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been trying so hard to avoid the bug that has been going around, but I have officially lost the battle. Hope to see you next time.

    January 18, 2014

  • Pamela

    Sorry had to cancel ...... been sick with the flu for a few days and I don't feel I will be up for the hike (wonderful as it will be). Will join on your next adventure!

    January 16, 2014

  • Allan

    Football rules - sorry to miss this one!

    January 16, 2014

  • Clay G.

    sorry need to watch the game next time

    January 16, 2014

  • Linda B

    This is for ME, but feel free to use it!:

    Getting there:
    From US 101 in Marin County, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1, turn right, drive 0.1 mile, and then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. After about 2 miles, Bear Valley Road ends at Sir Francis Drake; 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.

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • CaryLynn

      perfect Linda thank you so much for posting this also I look forward in seeing you on this hike as well!

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Linda B

      Finally!!! We will be reunited! I'm so looking forward to seeing you! I have a dragonboat seat with your name on it just waiting....

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • Teresa

    Thanks for your update Chuck, regarding the timing!
    As I'm concerned about the 3:30 return time, & had also, planned to witness our SF Niners, (community event), I think I should presently, give my spot to someone else; while I'd so love to join you all for this! Perhaps, if any other interested folks, might wish to share this hike/adventure… and carpool--- possibly, within the next week, or two, (or a bit later), we could attempt to form another (small) group? Comments?
    Have A FABULOUS adventure & say, "HI," to the Tule Elk & wildlife, until we asap meet on the trails! :-0)

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any carpooling? I'll be coming from Rohnert Park.

    January 14, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Great trail all the way to the point for lunch. But, I've done it 6 times and the 49er's are playing...a man's got to have his priorities.

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Niners' game starts at 3:30. Any conflict expected?

    January 13, 2014

    • Chuck J.

      Not for me as I'm not a sports fan. We'll be getting back to the cars around 3:30 at the earliest. Since this is an out & back on the same trail, if you need to leave earlier you can turn around when you need to-just be sure to let me know when you do, so that I don't call out the Coast Guard to search for a hiker that may be lost!!!

      2 · January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Chuck!

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, have to cancel due to work that day. Hopefully next time.

    January 13, 2014

  • richard a.

    We have Elk around here? Never knew that. Just to be clear, I have not hiked in a while, this is 9.5 round trip hike? Thanks

    January 13, 2014

    • Chuck J.

      Yes, this is 9.5 miles round trip. FYI there are a couple of hills and a 2 mile round trip portion slogging through sand.

      January 13, 2014

  • Teresa

    Well, I'm signing up now, since I see that others may also, be wishing to be back... in time to watch the Niners-Seahawks Game! Perhaps those of us who do, might consider arriving/leaving a bit... earlier/heading back together, and/or carpooling? Thanks 4 any of your comments, in case of any updates! BEST, :-0)

    January 13, 2014

  • Teresa

    Would love to experience & share this, but have pending plans already, for a 49er playoff! (May wish to go later in the month, or will see!) :-0)

    January 10, 2014

  • Allan

    This is my favoritest bestest hike in Marin - hopefully no 49er playoff conflict :-)

    2 · January 6, 2014

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