Distance: 10 mi
Elevation Gain: < 1000 ft
Duration: 6 hrs
BART Coverage: 0
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.
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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.
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Optional After Hike Dinner
Arti Natural Organic Indian Cafe
7282 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA 94938
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