Saturday, May 6, 2023

Tomales Point Trail (Part 1) - Point Reyes National Seashore

On 26 April 2023, my mom and I drove to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA to walk and hike along Tomales Point Trail. We saw a ton of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and wild flowers on the walk and hike. I took photos with my cellphone and mirrorless camera. The photos are split into 5 blog posts (I took most of the photos on my mirrorless camera). I hope you enjoy viewing my photos!

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Travel Tip #1: Weather by the coast could be a lot colder than inland. On this trip, it was 77°F (25°C) at Bear Valley Visitor Center, but at the trail head for Tomales Point, it was 55°F (12.8°C) with heavy fog. The fog drifted in and out on our walk and hike. I'm guessing, when the fog cleared, it was around 63°F (17.2°C). The weather forecast for nearby towns (Dillon Beach, Inverness, Bodega Bay) on this day, called for a high of 66°F (18.9°C). Also I got "rained on" a tiny bit when the fog was extremely dense. I've done this trail twice, and I've gotten "rained on" twice. The first time I got "rained on" was quite heavy.

Travel Tip #2: Tomales Point Trail is an out and back trail, and is approximately 9.5 miles (15.3 km) long. If you explore some of the side trails, you can easily reach over 10 miles (16 km). Bring plenty of water as there are no drinking fountains on the trail. You can probably filter water from the lake, but I wouldn't recommend it. You should also pack lunch. The trail took my mom and I 8 hours to complete, which was 3 hours over my original estimate.

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos

These are part 1 of the photos shot on my Olympus mirrorless camera. All of the photos are of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), and were shot on Tomales Point Trail.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), and Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 12' 27" N 122° 58' 03" W

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 12' 27" N 122° 58' 04" W

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot at the same spot as above.


A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog. In the background, you can see a nursing elk.
The flowers in the photo are Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), and California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.


A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), Tomales Bay, green hills, and fog.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), Tomales Bay, green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 12' 28" N 122° 58' 04" W

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), Tomales Bay, green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.


A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 12' 27" N 122° 58' 04" W

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot at the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum), and Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.


A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum), and Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and green hills.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) and green hills.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), green hills, and clouds.
The flowers in the photo are California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 12' 28" N 122° 58' 04" W

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos