Tule Elk grazing in Reserve in Marin County California

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Tule Elk Reserve at Tomales Point

Tule elk are one species that is only found in the state of California. These majestic mammals once freely roamed the Point Reyes peninsula, Olema Valley, and other Marin County grasslands. Unfortunately, due to a spike in hunting in the 1850’s, they became extirpated (or locally extinct.) In the 1970’s, the California Department of Fish and Game reintroduced Tule Elk to Marin County’s Point Reyes shores, and Point Reyes has since become a safe haven and reserve for the native species.

Today, there is a easy hiking trail, open to the public, through the Tule Elk Reserve. The Tomales Point Trailhead can be found at the end of Pierce Point Road, with free parking available to tourists and locals alike!

Everyone knows that Marin County is the perfect weekend destination for so many reasons. Along with the eccentric charm of Northern California, Marin’s mild year-round weather and direct access to the Pacific make the county especially irresistible for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Although summer is always a good time to plan your Marin getaway, don’t underestimate the beauty of Marin in winter. In fact, animal lovers of creatures on land and sea should head to the county during the winter months in order to best observe the California Grey Whale, elephant seals, and egrets. Winter wildlife watchers should plan on visiting these three points of interest in Marin County, as they are the best places to see and admire these local creatures.  

Filed Under: beaches, California, hiking, trails

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