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Tomales Point Trail

Inverness, CA

Tomales Point Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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Pomo Canyon Trail
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Gorgeous hike- I started at shell beach and took the Pomo canyon trail and then skipped the campground and took the red hill trail and did a loop- worked out to about 5.5 miles

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I had planned to try and combine the Pomo Canyon / Red Hill trails with the Wright Hill Road track shown on the AllTrails site. However, from the top of Red Hill, the route seemed blocked by a property fence and cattle on the far side of it. I ended up settling for a shorter hike (about 6.5 miles).

Many parking spots at Shell Beach (down toward the beach or just off CA 1 if you want to be closer to the trail-head. That trail-head is just across CA1 from the parking lot entrance. The sign says "Dr David C. Joseph Memorial Trail" but wooden posts along the trail will help identifying "Pomo Canyon Trail" and "Red Hill Trail".

The first part of the trail (about 1.3 miles) is fully exposed (bring water and hat/cap) and offer sweeping views of the coast and later the estuary of the Russian River. On the Pomo Canyon trail (north side of the loop) you will reach an overlook with wooden table off to the left after a bit more than 1 mile. Continuing on, the trail was noticeably narrower and progressively overgrown as well as muddy in spots (late April, small run-offs on the trail). That section also offers series of shaded spots, including short strolls though stands of Redwoods.

At about 2.5 mile, and just before descending toward the Pomo Canyon Campground, the Pomo Canyon trail intersects with the Red Hill Trail. A right turn on the Red Hill trail and the ascent toward the top starts in a sustaine fashion, offering open views to the East and then to the North, overlooking the Russian River from a higher vantage.

After crossing a last stand of Redwoods, the trails goes around to the South Slope and then up to the top. In late April, the grassy slopes around the top were nicely adorned with a spattering of wildflowers.

The top is a grassy and flat-ish mound and the views are fully opened over the Pacific and the coast from Bodega Bay (even Point Reyes in the distance) in the South to to upper reaches of Sonoma County to the North.

A trail descends almost due West to eventually rejoin the Red HIll trail and, further down, the Pomo Canyon (David C Joseph) trail for a return to the parking lot. That descent offers constant views of the Coast and Russian River along with a few nice rock formations for better photography....

Back at the parking lot, and if this loop was too short, there is the option to walk a few more miles on the Kortum coastal trail North or South.

All in all, a very nice place to hike. You will however not be alone as the trail is fairly popular.

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Pomo Canyon Trail
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9 Completed 2 Reviews

Gorgeous! Took the Red Hill trail offshoot overlooking the coast.

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Pomo Canyon Trail
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Pomo Canyon Trail
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I loved the trail, I loved the campsite. What I loved of the campsite that its a perfect weekend getaway, not that far from the bay area. I do have a question, I heard the campground has been closed for a while now, does anyone know if it has opened? or when it will be? its been about 4 years since the last time i was there. Thank you

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Pomo Canyon Trail
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This was a really great trail! Well maintained and a perfect distance. But, it is not easy! It should be rated as moderate. Steep uphill both ways. :-) But, it is gorgeous! Starts in the redwoods, ends at the beach. Not much more that a person could ask for. A little tricky to find because no cell service, so make sure you have your directions written down. Also, campground is closed, so you have to walk about a mile out to the trailhead. Lovely day all around!

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7 Completed 3 Reviews

I take this hike every year around New Years (will hopefully be returning for the 10th time in late December!) the weather is always lovely and the scenery throughout the duration of the trail is spectacular. If you start at the trailhead in the canyon you'll end up at Shell Beach which is a great place to rest your legs afterwards. Perfect for people of all ages!