Dancing Coyote Beach

12794 SIir Francis Drake Blvd, Tomales Bay, Inverness, California, 94937, United States
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Travel Tips for Inverness

Douglas Iris

by karenincalifornia

Another beautiful native wildflower that is abundant in March on Tomales Point is the Douglas Iris. While this one isn't rare, the Point Reyes National Seashore, of which Tomales Point is part, is home to 47 rare plant species. The lack of development on Point Reyes has helped preserve many of these plant species.

Mismatched rocks

by karenincalifornia

This is the view down the east side of Tomales Point looking toward Tomales Bay. The odd thing about Tomales Point is the rocks in the Point do not match the rocks on the mainland directly to the east. Instead, the Tomales Point rocks match the Tehachapi Mountains 310 miles to the south. This is because the Tomales Point and all of Point Reyes lie on the Pacific plate, while the California coast to the east lies on the North American plate. Separated by the San Andeas fault, the Pacific plate moves 2 inches per year northward, compared to the North American plate. When the pressure becomes too great, the underlying rocks break loose and an earthquake occurs.

This is exactly what happened during the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of San Francisco. In fact, near the town of Point Reyes Station (epicenter of '06 quake) to the south of Inverness is an exhibit with a fence that crosses both plates. During the 1906 earthquake, the fence was ripped apart and one side advanced a full 16 feet ahead of the other side!

Inverness, California

by karenincalifornia

"A Wee Bit O' Scotland in California"

Inverness is a tiny town located on Tomales Point in west Marin County. Its namesake is a town by the same name in the Scottish Highlands. When you visit Inverness and its surroundings, you'll conclude that the town is very aptly named.

"Respite from the rain"

The San Francisco Bay Area has been inundated with rain from October 2004 to March 2005. A sudden clear day in March was the perfect time for heading out to West Marin. I have the distinct advantage of living only 30 minutes away from Inverness. When we experienced a break in the storms in March, I cancelled all other plans and headed out to Inverness and Tomales Point.

"Tomales Point Trail"

Just north of Inverness is Tomales Point, a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. That was my destination on this fine March day. Tomales Point has one of the most dramatic hikes in Marin County, made all the more beautiful when the storm clouds have disappeared and the fog is nowhere to be seen.

Join me on my hike on this beautiful sunny day!


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Address: 12794 SIir Francis Drake Blvd, Tomales Bay, Inverness, California, 94937, United States