The coastal access trail is a mild-intermediate hike that winds through pasture land and around marshes to shoreline on the southern end of Tomales Bay. Prepare to open and properly close numerous cattle gates as you navigate through the pasture. From the trail, you’ll see finches, quails, and even a turtle or two. Bring binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens to view egrets, herons and cormorants from the hilltop overlook. Just over a mile in, you will come to a split in the trail, which is the beginning of the one-mile coastal loop to, and along, the shoreline. Going to the right will take you down a gradual slope to the shoreline, followed by a short but steep hike back up to where the loop began. Going left means a steep hike down to the shoreline with a more gradual climb to finish the loop. Altogether, the two-and-a-half mile loop will present some minor, brief challenges while providing consistent, magnificent views.