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Tomales Point - Point Reyes


Distance: 10 mi

Elevation Gain: < 1000 ft

Duration: 6 hrs

BART Coverage: 0

Difficulty: Moderate


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.

Please do not underestimate the time it takes to drive to the trail head at Pierce Point Ranch.  I'm starting at 11am to give people time to get there.


Click >> Hike Map

Click >> Weather Forecast

Meeting Point

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.

Click >> Meeting Point Google Map


Optional After Hike Dinner

Arti Natural Organic Indian Cafe

7282 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Lagunitas-Forest KnollsCA 94938

Click >> Restaurant Map



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  • Gil

    Thanks for a great hike!

    August 24, 2014

  • Suzie

    Thank you Edmond for another great hike! And Thanks for the lovely photos! Those put mines to shame :-) Gorgeous Gorgeous weather! And as always great companies and conversions :-)

    August 24, 2014

  • Edmond

    Distance: 9.5 mi
    Elevation Gain: 1400ft

    August 24, 2014

  • Holly C.

    Looking for carpool from SF (in Noe Valley but can go anywhere in SF) Thanks!

    August 21, 2014

    • Holly C.

      Looks like I won't be able to make it anymore. Thanks so much Stuart!

      August 22, 2014

  • Leila

    Sorry I can not make it. I have to work.

    August 22, 2014

  • Alina

    Anybody looking for carpool? I'm driving from Alameda / Oakland area

    August 22, 2014

  • Jill S.

    Ugh I have to work. I'm out. Someone gets to jump on yay!!! See y'all next time ;)

    August 22, 2014

  • Julie c.

    Anybody driving from Oakland? I'm happy to meet in a place convenient for you and to pay gas and tolls in exchange for a ride.

    August 14, 2014

    • otto

      I plan to leave from Emeryville. Is there a convenient place to meet?

      August 22, 2014

    • otto

      i can perhaps pick you up at a bart station?

      August 22, 2014

  • Jane R.

    sorry, can't make it this time, Edmond - look forward to next one!

    August 21, 2014

  • Leila

    Hi All,
    Just moved to SF. This is my first experience and Iam excited to meet and to explore new areas.

    August 13, 2014

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