Point Reyes National Seashore: Tomales Bay Trail


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The Tomales Point Trail is in the northern section of Point Reyes National Seashore. It is a 9.4 mile out-and-back trail that hugs the Pacific Coastline. The first (and last) 3 miles of the trail follow an old dirt ranch road and is well maintained while the rest of the trail is a sandy path.


On the day that we visited, our group wasn’t really up for a 9-mile hike, but we did want the see the Tule Elk, so we decided to hike the maintained section of the trail. This trail runs through the Tule Elk Reserve. Nearly extinct in the 1970, the Tule Elk were reintroduced to the Tomales peninsula, where they had once thrived in the grasslands.


Today, there are about 300 elk living in the Reserve. So we set off on the Tomales Point Trail, determined to see some elk.  We met a park ranger along the way who pointed us in the right direction and we did see a herd about 2.5 miles in, grazing in the tall grass above Tomales Bay.


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Location: Pierce Point Rd, Inverness, CA 94937

Designation: National Seashore

Date established/designated: September 13, 1962

Date of my visit: August 15, 2012


15 thoughts on “Point Reyes National Seashore: Tomales Bay Trail

  1. Brings back memories – visited Point Reyes Station during one of my Navy midshipman cruises in college. Point Reyes Station is a gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. I’m sure it’s not maintained any more, but there might be some historical marker designating. Wish the elk has been there at that time…Great photos, Theresa.

  2. One of our favourite places near the Bay Area. We walked this area several times when visiting our son while he was at UC Berkeley. Thanks for the memories. Allan

  3. Anonymous

    Hiked that trail out to its end many times over the years. Pt. Reyes was my easy escape from Sacramento for years. its a beautiful are with great hiking trails. I’ve even backpacked there. –Curt

  4. Kings On the Road

    What an interesting post. We would love to see the tule elk. We’ll have to add Point Reyes to our list.

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