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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)

Tomales Point Trail, Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore, CA
John Dell’Osso, Bear Valley, CA

See—and hear—the endemic Tule elk rut on this 9.7-mile out-and-back. You’ll also get constant ocean views from atop the spit of land separating Tomales Bay from the Pacific. At mile 1.5, look for some of the park’s 450-member herd in the bayside gulch where bulls gather harems of females with a high-pitched bugling call. Elk aren’t the only furry attraction on this route: Hikers also often see bobcats, long-tailed weasels, and skunks, Dell’Osso says. Trip ID 304767

“Hundreds of ducks gather on Tomales Bay in September.”




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