0.0: Begin on signed Tomales Point Trail, at the west side of the parking lot.
3.9: Trail begins climbing through loose sand, with some patches of more firm ground. It's hard to follow in places, but just stick as close to the ridgeline as possible, and continue north.
4.8: The prudent turn-around point, at a bluff overlooking the ocean. Be careful -- there are multiple unfenced steep dropoffs. A path continues to the very tip of the point, but it's not recommended.
9.6: Back at the trailhead.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1, turn right, drive 0.1 mile, and then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. After about 2 miles, Bear Valley Road ends at Sir Francis Drake; turn left. Continue on Sir Francis Drake about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Pierce Point Road. Drive about 9 miles on Pierce Point Road to the signed Tomales Point Trailhead, on the right side of the road a short distance from McClure's Beach, at the end of the road.
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
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