➤ 9.4 miles, 1200 ft. gain. Let’s hike the Tule Elk Reserve! The trail
offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay,
and Tomales Bay. Total exposure and can get very
windy/cold. Wear layers and be prepared to bundle up if
necessary. The first 4 miles is moderate, but the last mile
of the trail is challenging, sandy, unmaintained with
overgrown bush and other shrubs. Long pants and long
sleeves are highly recommended. This is a long drive and
a long hike but it’s definitely worth it! Please plan for an
all-day outing. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.
There are portable toilets down the road at McClures
Beach or stop at Abbotts Lagoon (5 miles before the TP
trailhead) and Kehoe Beach (3.5 miles before the TP
trailhead). Early start to arrive at the parking lot before the
crowd rolls in. It fills up fast! Everyone is encouraged to
Carpool: Los Gatos at 7:15, Palo Alto 7:30, Redwood City 7:45.
Directions: From I-280: 280 North to 101 North, use the left 3 lanes to take exit 49B for CA-1 N toward 19th Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge, keep left at the fork and merge onto US 101. Take exit 456 for Smith
Ranch Rd toward Lucas Valley Rd, turn left onto Lucas
Valley Rd, turn right onto Nicasio Valley Rd, Slight left to
stay on Nicasio Valley Rd, turn left onto Point Reyes-
Petaluma Rd, turn right to stay on Point Reyes-Petaluma
Rd, turn left onto CA-1 S, Turn right onto Sir Francis Drake
Blvd, turn right onto Pierce Point Rd. The trail begins at the
end of Pierce Point Road, approx. 9 miles ahead. You’ll see
several white barn/ranch houses from a distance - that is the
trailhead - Pierce Point Ranch.
Leaders: Irene Carter, Monica Lodge
GPS: Tomales Point Trail, Inverness, CA 94937;[masked], [masked]
➤ Car Pool Information ( http://www.meetup.com/Singleaires/pages/CARPOOLS/ )
➤ Singleaires Hiking Information ( https://tinyurl.com/Singleaires-about )
SIGN-UP POLICY: Due to recurring issues, we have instituted new policy, which applies to meetup group participants who are not dues-paying Sierra Club AND Sierra Singleaires members:
1. We expect you to show up for hikes if you're signed up. If you're on the attendees list, and do not show up, you will be flagged as a no-show.
2. We expect cancellations to be made at least 24 hours prior to hike start times. Cancelling less than 24 hours prior to the hike without a compelling reason will be counted as a no-show.
3. Three no-shows will constitute grounds for ejection from the meetup group.
4. Reserving places on multiple hikes at the same time will not be tolerated. We do understand that you may sign up for one hike while being on the waiting list for another hike you would prefer. Once you have become an attendee of the second hike, you have 24 hours to take yourself off the attendees list of either hike. Failing to do so will result in the organizers removing your reservation for one of the hikes. Repeated incidents of this behavior will constitute grounds for ejection from the meetup group.
5. Bringing guests to hikes will not be permitted, unless the hike leader has specifically allowed for this, and then you will need to sign up as usual as an attendee with a +1 -- not show up at the hike asking for permission. The best idea if you want someone to come is to get them to join the meetup group and sign up for the hike like everyone else.
6. We expect better behavior from dues-paying Sierra Singleaires members, so don't think that if you're a paid-up member, you can flaunt the rules. (And yes, if you're not paid up, you're not a member.)
These rules are designed to allow as many people as possible to enjoy our hikes. We want hikers to be able to plan their weekends, and not have to wait until the last minute to find out if they got on a hike or not. We do not want people left on the waiting list, unable to attend, when there are actually places available because someone did not show up. Please be respectful of your fellow hikers, on and off the trail.