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Tomales Point Hike (9.5 Miles) and Picnic at Drakes Bay Oysters

***Pt. Reyes Hike and Oysters****
Tomales Point Hike and Picnic at Drakes Bay Oyster.

This open trail through the Tule Elk Reserve offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. It is also a prime wildlife viewing trail, as it is remote and the tule elk are enclosed in this reserve. The first 5 kilometers (3 mi.) to Lower Pierce Point Ranch are well marked and maintained, but the last stretch can be overgrown with bush lupine and other shrubs, so long pants and long sleeves are a good idea. The journey all the way to the Point is worth it, for the view is unparalleled. Fog and wind can limit visibility and make this hike more challenging. The Tomales Point Trailhead is at the end of Pierce Point Road, 40 minute driving time from Bear Valley..  We’ll cap off the hike with a fun social picnic with delicious world renowned at Drakes Bay Oysters.


The hike should be no more than 4 hours long, we’d like to be on the way to the oyster farm by 2:30pm - the picnic area at Hog Island is very limited and fills up fast. This is a very easy hike, a stroll in the park if you will, so it may be suitable for hardcore hikers but join us anyways for Oysters and fun! If you’d like to join us for the Picnic portion of the event, you’re more than welcome. Driving directions are below.


Bring water, lunch, and extra layers of clothing. The weather changes constantly at Point Reyes so please be prepared. BYOB and/or wine and bring your own sauces for oysters!

Tip: Follow signs for “Lighthouse” until you see a sign for “Tomales Bay State Park and Pierce Point Road.” Turn right and follow Pierce Point Road until you see a sign for your destination.

 

Directions to Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, and McClures Beach
Allow 35 minutes for the drive from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

  • From the Bear Valley Visitor Center, head north 0.2 miles (0.3 km) to Bear Valley Road.
  • Turn left and follow Bear Valley Road 1.75 miles (2.8 km) northwest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
  • Turn left and follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard 5.6 miles (9 km) northwest to Pierce Point Road. Tip: Follow road signs for “Lighthouse” until you see a sign for Pierce Point Ranch.
  • Turn right and follow Pierce Point Road 9 miles (14.4 km) north to the Pierce Point Ranch parking lot. To get to the McClures Beach parking lot, turn left and descend the hill 100 yards (90 meters) to the west.  We will be meeting here at 9:30am before the hike.


Directions To Drakes Bay Oysters

17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd

Inverness, CA 94937
(415)[masked]

Driving Instructions

Or Choose From These Directions...

From San Francisco

  1. Take Highway 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  2. Go 8.5 miles to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit.
  3. Head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard toward Olema (22.8 miiles), until you reach Highway 1.
  4. Turn right onto Highway 1 North, and go two miles.
  5. Turn left onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (before crossing the green bridge).
  6. Go 9.5 miles until you see our "Drakes Bay Oyster Farm" sign on the left.

From Vallejo

  1. Follow Highway 37 West for 18 miles to 101 North.
  2. Take 101 North for 2.8 miles to the San Marin Dr. exit.
  3. Turn left on San Marin Dr. for 2.8 miles to Novato Blvd.
  4. Turn right on Novato Blvd. and follow for 6.3 miles.
  5. Turn left at Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd. and go for 9.9 miles.
  6. Turn left at Highway 1 (heading South) and go .8 mile.
  7. Turn right onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (just after crossing a green bridge)
  8. Go 9.5 miles on Sir Francis Drake and look for our “Drakes Bay Oyster Farm” sign on the left

From Santa Rosa

  1. Take 101 South and take the East Washington exit in Petaluma, go west for .6 miles.
  2. Turn left onto Lakeville and go .1 mile.
  3. Turn right onto “D” Street (becomes Point Reyes- Petaluma Rd.) and go for 18 miles until you reach Highway 1.
  4. Turn left (heading South) onto Highway 1 and go .8 mile.
  5. Take a right onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (just after crossing a green bridge).
  6. Go 9.5 miles on Sir Francis Drake and look for our “Drakes Bay Oyster Farm” sign on the left.

CARPOOL INFO:

If you are willing to drive, please state in RSVP how many you can take. Carpoolers please watch the bottom of this post to see what carpool you're in. Drivers, please also watch this post and flag any necessary adjustments that need to be made to your carpool.


We will meet at 7:15am on the dot, we leave at 7:30am sharp! If you're coming from the Bay area and want to hike, meet us at the Bear Valley Visitor center, directions here: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm


If you plan on carpooling, have $20 cash and bring cash for oysters... Please try and have the exact change!

 

 

Adonis FULL
• Adonis
• Manu
• Agnes


Patti
• Patti
• Patti's +1
• Cesar


Yelena Full
• Yelena
• Iain
• Cesar
• John

 


Jeremy Full
• Jeremy
• Bee
• Julie
• Kal

 

Bobby
• Bobby
• Julio's +1
• Julio
• Lynn

 

S.K.
• S.K.
• S.K.'s + 1
• Julie

Wendy (Will not attend oysters, going to wine tasting instead)
• Wendy
• Tony

 

Driving to the Hike

  • Jacklyn
  • Brian
  • Michelle W
  • Michelle W's +1

 

Waiting for Carpool





 

 

 

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  • Julio

    Great hike! Thanks to everyone that shared pictures!!

    May 6, 2013

  • John W.

    Jeremy I think I have your stuff!
    Call me[masked]!!!!

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer I missed you guys but had a good time nonetheless! Great hike!

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I went to the park and ride at a out 6:45 this morning and found some people who I thought was this group. Nope. Totally joined some other random group who happened to be going to point Reyes as well. I was wondering why things seemed a little off and different all day haha

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    IT WAS A BALLS-TO-THE-WALL BEACH BEDLAM!

    May 4, 2013

  • Wendy N.

    Excellent!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful hike and amazing oysters! Once again great job Adonis!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my contact info:[masked]

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute cancellations...Welcome to Cali. We'll figure out the carpool at the Park N' Ride, we have enough drivers.

    May 4, 2013

    • Jackie W.

      What's you contact info Adonis in case people get lost? We are on our way to the meetup.

      May 4, 2013

  • Jeremy

    I'd like to catch a ride with someone, but I can drive if needed. I can fit five including driver.

    April 25, 2013

    • Kal M.

      Hey, Jeremy! Just got a last minute call to be at work tomorrow so won't be able to join you guys. Thanks a lot though for offering a ride. Have fun man!

      May 4, 2013

    • BEE

      Sorry some last min work stuff came up I won't be able to join either

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be leaving from Folsom Palladio area if anyone needs a ride to the meeting point, let me know.

    May 3, 2013

  • Lynn

    I sadly can't make it so not needing a carpool. Next time.

    May 3, 2013

  • Wendy N.

    I can take 2 people but will be passing on oysters and stopping in vacaville for the wine stroll on the way home. How far is this from Sac?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tony would like to go wine tasting too. He's now in your car.

      May 3, 2013

    • Wendy N.

      OK. 11 and p at 715 . we'll take tony.

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool List updated. Meetup at the Park n' Ride is 7:15am.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Adonis. The main meet-up info says be at the carpool spot at 7:15 am, but the details section says meet at 7:45 and leave at 8 Am. Which is it?

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fixed it. 7:15am. We should be at the trail head by 9:30am

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool list updated. I think we're good.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool list updated. I still need a couple drivers, volunteers appreciated. If some of you guys want to skip the oyster and do wine tasting with Wendy, let me know. Here's my number if you have any questions:[masked]

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys,

    I forgot to ask who can drive when I posted the meetup. I need to know if you can drive or not and how many can fit in your vehicle. Respond here or on the post. Thanks.

    April 29, 2013

    • BEE

      Do i still have a carpool?

      May 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      bee, I'll work on it.

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh hey i dont have my plus 1 coming anymore so itll just be me!

    May 2, 2013

  • Charlie

    Have to work . Enjoy the hike

    May 2, 2013

  • Keith G

    Dont need carpool

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drakes bay doesn't have fire pits or bbq facilities. If you want bbq'ed oysters you'll have to bring portable grills.

    April 30, 2013

  • Keith G

    Dont need carpool

    April 30, 2013

  • Brandon V.

    Is this a dog friendly hike? I can't leave my boy at home and will happily drive myself..

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brandon, it's a wildlife reserve area so no dogs are allowed. You can explore the other areas of the park and meet us at Drakes if you like.

      April 30, 2013

  • Jackie W.

    Brian G. and I. Me likey oysters!

    April 29, 2013

  • John W.

    I can drive

    April 27, 2013

  • Kal M.

    I went on this hike almost a year ago and it was amazing. would love to do it again. Anyone have a ride?

    April 25, 2013

  • Maya

    Ride please

    April 24, 2013

  • Charlie

    I'll meet at start of hike is what I meant. I'm drive N from east bay

    April 24, 2013

  • Charlie

    Will meet at picnic spot

    April 24, 2013

  • Heather S.

    Can I bring my dog for this hike?

    April 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heather, they don't allow dogs at that location. It's one of only few Tule Elk reservation and it's rut season...they're some seriously horny animals during this time dogs should avoid them at all cost.

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going out of town now. Have fun! Hope to join you guys on the next oyster hike!

    April 23, 2013

  • Jackie W.

    Brian G. and I plus two guests please. Me likey oysters!

    April 21, 2013

  • Bobby T.

    good plan? great plan

    April 19, 2013

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