Tomales Point - Point Reyes National Seashore

  • January 11, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Miles:  9.5

Elevation: 100 Feet

Description:

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 preserve's tule elk population is rapidly expanding. Tomales Point may be at its best during the clear and gentle weather of autumn and spring.

Tomales Point Trail, a 4.7 mile out-and-back route, is the only long distance option. We will start at signed Tomales Point Trail, at the west edge of the parking lot. After about 1 mile at a level grade, Tomales Point Trail curves right and descends to Windy Gap. This is a common elk location. The trail begins a long moderate ascent, finally attaining the ridgeline. At 3.18 miles we will reach old Lower Pierce Point Ranch. The trail begins to climb again, through a landscape with ever increasing amounts of yellow bush lupine. At 3.80 miles, just past a sign pointing north to Tomales Point, the trail shifts to a course through loose sand. The trail crests but does not linger. Finally, at 4.78 miles, we will reach the point.

You won't be disappointed!

Carpool: Please create a Car Pool at the Arastradero Park and Ride at Paige Mill and Arastradero.  I will be going there directly and will meet you at the end of Pierce Point Road on Point Reyes at 10:30 AM where the Tomales Point Trailhead begins.

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  • rich f.

    A great hike in spite of the fog. We saw several Elk and the sky cleared for the trip back to the start. Thanks Monica.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • MARCIA

    A gorgeous piece of the bay area...even in the morning rain and fog! Elk, deer, and afternoon sunshine made it a great day-thanks, Monica!!

    2 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fantastic hike and a day full of surprises! Thanks Monica for organizing the hike. I am really glad that we got to see you on the trail. It turned out to be a spectacular day after the clouds and rain cleared!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Monica

      Awesome photos Mari! You've captured why I love this place so much! I love it in the fog as well. It's interesting how the weather can change so drastically, so quickly!

      January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks again Monica!

      January 12, 2014

  • Monica

    Great Day Everyone! We only had six people show and we all had a great time! Rainy then Sunny then just perfect. Thank you for joining me!

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Monica and group! Unfortunately, we are on our way but will be late, so start the hike without us! So sorry! We will hopefully catch up with you at lunch.

    January 11, 2014

  • Maaza E.

    Sorry for the late cancellation, I too seem to be coming down with a cold. Enjoy.

    January 11, 2014

  • Mark

    Sorry - canceling. I don't trust the conditions. Just over the flu, this looks cold and wet.

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel, but I just got a couple of rush orders that I must complete over the weekend. I hope you guys do this hike again, I would love to go.

    January 10, 2014

  • Monica

    It's going to rain a little tomorrow, but this hike is easy so we go rain or shine!

    January 10, 2014

    • rich f.

      Great. Looking forward to it!

      January 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the heads up! A few sprinkles won't stop the ramblers! :-)

      January 10, 2014

  • Maaza E.

    I am interested to join a carpool from the Paige Mill / Arastradero location if available. Thanks

    January 10, 2014

  • Valerie

    Sorry to cancel, but I got a cold.

    January 10, 2014

  • jane b.

    I do so wish I did not have to miss, but have a great hike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry I can not make it see on the next hike

    January 9, 2014

  • Jean

    Sorry, I have to cancel this hike. See you on next hike.

    January 6, 2014

  • jane b.

    Sorry to miss, but I am needed to do sign-ins at our square dance that evening and would not get back early enough...will look forward to doing this in the spring...thanks, Monica.

    January 6, 2014

  • Sherri W

    Sorry to miss it just found out I have tickets to a concert that afternoon :(

    January 5, 2014

  • Jojo V.

    Hope to join the next hike!

    January 5, 2014

  • Monica

    We will hike this in the Spring so don't worry Ella - you will get to hike Tomales Bay soon!

    December 27, 2013

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  • Monica
    Founding Member + Centennial Club 100+ Hikes with Group, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Sharon
    Assistant Organizer
  • rich f. +1
  • MARCIA
    Founding Member + Centennial Club 100+ Hikes with Group, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest

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