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Hiking at Tomales Point Trail

The best part of living in San Fransisco is that you never run out of places to go and it was Point Rayes Seashore this weekend. Point Rayes is around one and half hour drive from San Fransisco and is home to a lot of hiking trails, beaches, open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges. There is also an elk reserve at the northern end of Point Reyes National Seashore which is a  popular destination for visitors wishing to view tule elk, birds, and wildflowers.

We started at around 10:00 AM and had plan to trek at point roayes but had not decided specifically on which one, only thing in our mind was that trek should have the view of pacific on its side. Looking at the photos and location Tomales Point Trail which have pacific on one side and Bay on other we decided to hike there and also go to Cypress Tree Tunnel.

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Cypress Tree Tunnel

The hike is about 4.75 miles each way, as it was already 2:00 by the time we had lunch and reached Tomales Point Tailhead, we decided not to rush just to complete the whole trek but walk on our own pace and return if it starts getting late. The trek starts from an open grassland ans within few mins you will find Pacific on your left. Though the bay is not always visible you still get the views now and then.

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Point Rayes Tomales Trail
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View of Bay
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Pacific Ocean

Tomales point trail passes through the Tule Elk preserve which is at the extint of extention. You can see heards to Tule Elk on your way to Tomales point.

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Tule Elk Reserve
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Point Rayes Tule Elk Reserve
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Tule Elk

The hike is not tiring at all and you can easily complete the whole hike in 4-5 hours. Even if you are not in mood of hiking its a great place to just walk for a little and sit somewhere and enjoy your small picnic. Make sure to carry a water bottle, sunscreen and something to eat on your way.


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Pacific Ocean


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McClures Beach


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Tomales Trail

If you are looking for a hike with views of Ocean Tomales Point Trail is a perfect place to go.

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