Monday, September 15, 2014

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Fifty-four
Tomales Point
Elk at Tomales Point

What it's like:
9.5 miles out and back along a bluff at the northern tip of Point Reyes.

Why now:
It's elk rut season! Enjoy the show (from a safe distance of course). From the trail you can see for miles on a clear day, and it's all beautiful.

If you can't make it this week:
This exposed landscape is often very windy in summer. Early spring is my favorite -- lots of wildflowers bloom through grassland along the trail and the road to the trailhead.

Insider tip:
This hike does not offer beach access, but you can walk to McClures Beach -- from the trailhead follow Pierce Point Road to its deadend, then take the trail the rest of the way.

Tomales Point is hike number 13 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Thornewood  is a small open space preserve accessed from CA84, west of Woodside. A narrow path winds through mixed woods and ends at a little pond. This 1.2 mile out and back hike is very easy and super pretty this time of year as bigleaf maple and black oak turn orange and gold.

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