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Tomales Point Trail

Inverness, CA

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Tomales Point Trail is a 9.50 mile out and back trail located near Inverness, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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Mcclures Beach Trail

Inverness, CA

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
by Paul Tincknell

1 Completed 1 Reviews

First, AllTrails should properly name this trail; it is the Dr. David C. Joseph Memorial Trail as named at the end at Shell Beach. Starting at that end it is a steady climb up to the ridge where the trail levels out into ups and downs as it follows the ridgeline up above River Road to Duncans Mills. Late on a Sunday it was sunny and serene. At the picnic table up on the ridge overlooking the ocean and Shell Beach I saw a silver fox scurrying through the brush, but other than birds no wildlife (sign at the trailhead does warn about mountain lions being a possibility). The trail winds in and out of the trees and low scrub, so sun and shade alternates. Several wells up on the ridge were still running even in late August during our extended drought. Truly a wonderful hike, on the easier side of the moderate rating.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Loved this trail! We started at the Pomo Campgrounds. The campgrounds were closed, but the short walk to the campgrounds and trailhead from where we had to park the car was a nice warm up. The road leading up to where we parked was a little bumpy, and there were some puddles in a few places, but there was a BMW, and a few other sports cars parked where we parked, so any car should do fine. The start of the trail was pretty steep, but very beautiful; redwoods, creeks, and the air felt great (nice and cool)! It was pretty easy to see where the top of the hill was as the trees thinned out, and the scenery turned into more of grassy hill scenery. Still very pleasant however, and much more flat, so a good stretch after climbing up the previous hill. It takes about 1.7-2 miles to get to this point, so when you first start the hike, just persevere and don't lose hope! There are also some fantastic views of the Russian River, the surrounding valley, and the ocean from this point. While the ocean may still look super far away and out of reach, never fear, the point you can see from this view is not the point you'll be hiking out to! The hike down to Shell Beach is a pretty steep decline, so steel yourself for the return trip! The beach is well worth it though. Very beautiful, albeit very rocky water. There were seals sunning on a rock not far out from us. And while Shell Beach itself is a very short beach, if you climb the rocks to your left (when facing the water) there isn't much to get past to get to a much larger and more open beach. There are a few trails along the top of the cliffs to get to different vantage points, but dogs are not allowed on those trails. The hike back to the campgrounds seemed to go very quickly. I've seen a few suggestions to start the hike from Shell Beach, but the incline going this way goes on much longer, even if it isn't as steep as starting from the campgrounds. I think I prefer getting the super steep part (from the campgrounds) done first in the hike, rather than worrying about that when I'm already tired … The steep decline to get back down the hill to the campgrounds felt amazing on our tired legs, and even the dogs picked up a little pep in their steps again. All in all, a beautiful hike, on a beautiful day. Well worth the soreness, and definitely one we'd love to do again!

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Wanted to start this hike from the Pomo campground. The campground was closed so had to park my car outside gate on a very remote 4wheel drive only road and walk 1/2 mile to campground and trail head. I was a little worried about leaving my car there but all was well when I returned. Beautiful hike with lots if variety. Next time ill start at Shell beach and go the other way. The red hill trail creates a nice loop. Trail not as well kept but very easy going to top of hill is rewarded with beautiful views.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

At the beginning the air hits your ears because of the coast. Make sure you bring a hoodie. It's very muddy, but it's beautiful! A lot of green scenery. Gorgeous trees and wildlife plants. The more you hike the better it gets! It's worth the hike!! There's banana slugs and also small black spiders. Bring the appropriate attire.

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Sonoma Coast State Beach: Sonoma Coast Trail
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13 Completed 12 Reviews

Goat's head beach is awesome. I love this area where the Russian river empties into the Pacific. Jenner must be a crime free community. Been here twice. Beach is so secluded you can take off in all directions and still feel the solitude. Gets a 3 out of 5 because of the heavy surf that prohibit surfing or swimming (stay on top of the berm!).

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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15 Completed 7 Reviews

It;s been years since I have done this trail but it is everything everyone has described

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Goat Rock Beach to Harbor Seal Nursery
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7 Completed 3 Reviews

not really a hike. nice beach on the ocean. lots of seals hang out in the cove area. didn't make it over to goat rock but you could see it from the beach.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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0 Completed 1 Reviews

A moderate hike that contains some very gradual to steep ascents, finishing with an extremely steep descent into the Pomo Canyon Campground. For the first .4 miles, you have a moderate ascent that takes you away from the coast and into some grasslands and rock formations. The trail continues with additional ascents and descents continuing throughout the remainder of the hike. About a 1 mile to 1.2 miles into the hike, you come across some magnificent views of the Russian River Valley. You continue through assorted grasslands, passing canyons and mountains covered in fog until you reach your first grove of redwoods in a wind protected canyon at about 1.7 miles. Throughout the hike, the trail varies from a two track gravel and dirt road to extremely narrow and steep one track descending dirt trails overgrown with vegetation.

As the trail continues, you come across additional grasslands and canyons. A second grove of redwoods greets you after another .5 miles. You should take a break here, because the remaining trail is a extremely steep descent that ends at the Pomo Canyon Campground.

While the forest trails were serene and beautiful, they varied greatly from gentle climbs to extremely steep descents, especially the last half mile or so into the campground. Once you get to the campground, you should rest, because ascending the steep trail you just finished descending is brutally exhausting.

Would recommend starting at the trail head across Highway 1 from Shell Beach, although you could just as easily start at the Pomo Canyon Campground which has ample parking, although you need to pay to park at the campground. However, the extremely steep descent into the campground which would otherwise complete the first half of the hike becomes a steep ascent at the beginning of the hike. As a result, the end of the hike becomes a steep descent which might be helpful as you will be exhausted by the time you reach the end of the hike.

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