Location: Point Reyes National Seashore; Near Marshall, CA
Distance: 9.4 miles
Type: Day-hike; Out-and-back
Dog Friendly?: No dogs allowed on this trail.
Permits & Fees: There is no parking fee at the trailhead. The lot fills up quickly, so it’s best to arrive early.
Driving Directions to Trailhead: Click HERE (Located next to Pierce Point Ranch).
Preparation: Water, sunscreen and warm clothing if hiking during the winter months are required.
After parking at the trailhead lot, locate the trailhead sign which mark the start of the hike:
Continue on the dirt path until the next sign is reached (it reads “Tomales Point Trail – 4.7 miles”):
From here, the trail follows along the coast for the majority of the hike. Note that although the trail is easy to follow, the elevation gain varies; quite a bit of the hike is a gradual uphill climb:
Keep an eye out for the herds of elk that roam around the trail. Depending on the time of year, there may be several herds:
At the 4 mile mark, the following sign is reached (it reads “Unmaintained Trail”). The last portion of the trail is made up of sand and is partly uphill- this is one of the tougher parts of the hike, but it is only a short distance until the Point is reached:
Take your time at the Point and enjoy the views! On a clear day, Dillon Beach can be seen to the right of the Point.
Take the same trail to get back to the trailhead.