Hike: Tomales Point
Where: Point Reyes National Seashore
Trailhead: Pierce Point Ranch
Duration: 3 hours
Length: 9.4 miles out and back
Gear: Arc’teryx Delta LT, Outdoor Research Women’s Turbine Short, Outdoor Research Women’s Ignitor S/S Tee, Farm to Feet Madison socks, Ahnu Sugarpine Boots, and REI Flash 18 Pack
Cost of Parking: Free
Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore is a moderate 9.4 miler out in the tippity tip of Point Reyes. The drive from the Bay Area is kind of a pain, and the weather can be unpredictable, but when you’re out there, the annoyances disappear.
Tomales Point is a little strip of land that pokes north into the Pacific Ocean on the California coastline. Flanked by two bodies of water on all sides, you’re rewarded with spectacular views. Tomales Point is also home to a subspecies of elk, tule elk, found only in California. The elk are always out and about and it is rare to have a trip where you don’t run into at least one.
This time of year the wildflowers are out blooming in full force. I highly recommend wearing long pants, lest you adore ticks, pokey branches and things of the like.