North of Point Reyes Lighthouse, the westernmost location in Point Reyes National Seashore
, the cliffs soon recede, replaced by grassy dunes and wide, sandy beaches, usually buffeted by fierce waves and bathed in thick fog. The landscape changes after 12 miles, as the ground rises once more, up to 600 feet, and the land narrows to the peninsula of Tomales Point
, which forms the northern tip of Point Reyes. Tomales Point may be explored by a 4.7 mile trail, starting at the historic Pierce Point Ranch. The path is very popular, though not so many people make it to the far end.
: Tomales Point Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore