Ten Inverness Way

10 Inverness Way, Inverness, California, 94937, United States
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Tomales Bay, looking northTomales Bay, looking north

Harbor seal in Tomales BayHarbor seal in Tomales Bay

View of Tomales Bay from a standup paddleboardView of Tomales Bay from a standup paddleboard

Trail by lighthouseTrail by lighthouse

Travel Tips for Inverness

Tule Elk Preserve

by karenincalifornia

As you hike along the Tomales Point trail, you will be guaranteed to see at least one herd of tule elk. More than 100 years ago, these animals used to roam freely throughout central and northern California, but were all but wiped out by man during the gold rush era.

In 1978, ten elk, eight females and two males, were brought to Pierce Point Ranch on Tomales Point. The elk have very few predators, and the population has exploded to over 450. Now, park rangers have a different problem on their hands - what to do with the elk population explosion.

The elk are confined to Tomales Point, because the nearby cattle ranchers do not want them grazing on their ranch land. Today in 2005, the Tomales Point tule elk are grazing in an area that is about 1/3 of the size this population of elk would normally occupy, if they were allowed to roam freely beyond Tomales Point.

This is indeed a quandary for the Park Services. The first hint of a suggestion of elk hunting as a way to control the population will set off the animal rights activists. This sort of controversy is typical for Marin County - animal rights activitists who feel any intervention with animals is cruel vs. environmentalists who want to restore Marin County to its pristine state before man came here.

On location

by karenincalifornia

On a clear day, while at the very end of Tomales Point, you might be able to make out a town off in the distance on the main coast to the north. The town is Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" was filmed. You will almost expect to see Tippi Hedren zipping toward you in a motor boat while being pursued by a flock of seagulls.

Stand up Paddle Put in

by karenincalifornia

An excellent spot for launching that stand up paddleboard or kayak is Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness. Like so many things in West Marin, there are no signs. Drive north through Inverness, and just as the road veers off to the west to Drakes Beach/Lighthouse/Tomales Point, you'll see some space for off road parking. That is parking for Chicken Ranch Beach. Portage your kayak or SUP board for about 100 feet to the beach. It's an easy beach for launching, even at low tide, and it won't do havoc to the bottom of your SUP board.


Popular Hotels in Inverness

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10 Inverness Way, Inverness

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