San Francisco, California

Point Reyes Tule Elk Wildlife Explorer

with Kurt G.

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Kurt G.
Style: Educational, Intellectual, Wild

We'll meet in the morning in San Francisco and head over the Golden Gate Bridge to one of the most spectacular National Parks in the country, Pt. Reyes National Seashore! We are lucky to have such an amazing wilderness paradise so close to us in a large urban area like the Bay Area.

I'll take you on one of my favorite hikes in the entire Bay Area, the Tomales Point trail! The hike will take us along the ridge of Tomales Point with views of Tomales Bay to our east and the Pacific Ocean to our west. Beautiful photo ops of wildlife and scenery abound.

Tomales Point is also a sanctuary for the endangered tule elk. As we hike, I will inform you about how the tule elk were saved from near extinction and are now thriving in the park. We'll stop to observe the elk in their natural habitat and discuss their mating behaviors, life cycle as well as the recent challenges they face in Pt. Reyes.

If we are lucky, we may spot other wildlife including bobcat, coyote, and many species of raptors (birds of prey) including osprey, red tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and various falcons. On clear days we even see migrating whales!

Everything is provided (transportation, snacks, etc.) except lunch. This hike is open to adults and families (kids must be age 5 and up). Kids 12 and under are free! We donate 50% of all proceeds of this hike to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association, who's mission is to "...work in partnership with Point Reyes National Seashore and the public to preserve, restore and maintain wildlife habitat, trails, and historic sites in our beautiful coastal park."

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$50
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for 6 hours


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Kurt G.

Kurt is the founder and Director of Wanderers, which is a San Francisco Bay Area outdoor education oriented summer camp and travel company. He has worked in both the outdoor education & adventure travel industries for 21 years as a wilderness guide, naturalist, and program director for highly-respected companies including Adventures Cross-Country, Mountain Travel Sobek and Naturalists at Large. Kurt has guided hiking, backpacking, and canoe trips in Canada, Alaska, California, North Carolina, Hawaii and the Southwestern US. Full profile


2 Reviews

Sonia

We joined Kurt and a few other families with school-aged kids on this hike on a recent Sunday. It was hands-down the most beautiful one we've ever been on, and many of us have lived in the Bay Area 15+ years. The scenery was breathtaking, and for the most part we felt like we had the entire trail to ourselves, which made it even more wonderful. The distance was perfect for kids and the terrain wasn't strenuous (certainly a benefit of a group hike: even if it was, we didn't feel it). The trip was also educational - we learned much more about the area and tule elk which we saw in different spots. Instead of watching the kids poke at animal droppings with sticks, the other lovely guide, Tom, showed them how to identify them - he had a "animal poop book" in his backpack! We all tremendously enjoyed this coastal hike, and no child whined (my younger one typically does it incessantly on every hike). There's no better way to spend a day off. I whole-heartedly recommend it to locals and out-of-town visitors.


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