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Chimney Rock Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 269 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Please note that as of June 2020 Sir Drake Francis Blvd may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Walk from the elephant Seal overlook past the historic Lifeboat Station to Chimney Rock. A must see while you are visiting Point Reyes.

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2 months ago

My favorite place to go

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3 months ago

Loved the trail great views n not crowded

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4 months ago

Great short hike with fantastic views! The whole area is stunning but get there early if you want to park near the trailhead. Only busses allowed after about 8am. Bring a windbreaker and beanie!

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6 months ago

Easy trail. Great views. No boots needed, but a windbreaker is a must.

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muddy
no shade
6 months ago

Drive to parking lot is beautiful, road a bit bumpy in areas. Trail is easy but muddy at points, specially after rain. Shuttle Bus service from Drakes Beach will be in operation during weekends and holidays through end of March or mid-April 2020 (this includes Point Reyes Lighthouse Trail as well).

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8 months ago

Wanted an easy trail with great views and that’s what I got! Went down on the side trails and got even better views. Side trails are wide enough but I would keep a good distance from the cliffs, definitely easy to loose your stepping. The drive in I saw some deers super close to the road. On the drive back I saw a coyote walk right past my car and also some elk in the distance. Great hike, checked out the beach after and it was awesome too.

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no shade
10 months ago

Partner and I enjoyed this trail with our kids (4,6). I did not realize it would be an hour and a half drive from Tiburon to get there bit we were lucky to encounter minimal traffic on Saturday at 10 am. (August). The last 20 miles was all fog driving in and we were afraid we would get all fog on the trail itself. Not at all true. A bit foggy but still great visibility. Since there is no shade it was great that the temps were in the mid 60s, slightly overcast. Trail mostly flat with a slight ascent on the way there. Gorgeous views, deer, seals, cows and horses on the way there, butterflies and ladybugs. The path itself is a bit narrow and not even, but not a big deal. I read this area does get busy with traffic so just have water and snacks in the car and a full tank of gas - the basics. So well worth the time. ❤️

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Tue Jun 25 2019

Short and easy with a beautiful view.

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no shade
Fri May 31 2019

Beautiful view of the pacific! No shade so put on sunscreen. Theres a bench at the end point where you could relax, eat and just enjoy the nature show. We hiked end of May, saw lots of elephant seals by the seashore. Variety of flowers seen. Fresh air.

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no shade
Sun Apr 28 2019

Really quick easy hike that should be a must if you’re in the area. Some of the most beautiful views at Point Reyes. It can be a little crowded to park at the trailhead during peak wildlife seasons, but if you are able to go during the winter there are great opportunities to see whales and elephant seals. My favorite hike in this area if only for the cliffs and views.

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Fri Apr 19 2019

Very easy hike, just a little up hill towards the end. Quite pretty even though it was foggy and couldn’t see the whole view. Heavily trafficked.

Wed Apr 17 2019

short but pretty, saw elephant seals, whales and great scenery - worth the time!

Sun Apr 14 2019

awesome

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Thu Apr 11 2019

this is a nice quick hike out to the look-out at chimney rock. the views + wildflowers are gorgeous. be aware the drive to chimney rock from the main road is a bit tricky since it is essentially one lane with a fair bit of traffic (at least on the weekend).

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no shade
Fri Jan 25 2019

Easy short hike with kids. Saw elephant seals everywhere.

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Sun Dec 16 2018

Great, brief hike. Keep a close eye on the small beaches at the base of the cliffs below, I saw numerous seals, but they’re easy to miss. Also saw several mule deer. Wish the desire paths weren’t all prohibited, however.

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Fri Oct 12 2018

Scenery: 2 Views: 3 Difficulty: 2 Crowds: 2 Shade: 1 My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above: 5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP 4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park 4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail 5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park 5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park 4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park 4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail 5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak 4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

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Tue Oct 02 2018

Fantastic trail, easy, amazing views into the Pacific and Drakes Bay, saw sea lions and even spotted whales off the coast.

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Mon Oct 01 2018

Was an easy hike and the views are breathtaking!

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Sun Sep 23 2018

The trail is exactly how described with great views at the end.

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Sat Aug 11 2018

An easy, pleasant hike with an abundance of wildflowers. White-crowned sparrows greet you from the tall grasses and ravens croak overhead. During the right months of spring or winter, you might see multiple grey whales migrating along the coast. Bring some binoculars and take in the views.

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Tue Jun 05 2018

So beautiful!! Easy hike, minor uphills for a few sections. Elephant seals we also it in full form!

Thu Apr 19 2018

easy trail. done it with little kids w/o a problem. beautiful views of the cliffs, ocean and of course the elephant seal. i was expecting to see more flowers though.

Thu Feb 15 2018

Great hike when you want something short and simple but with stellar views. I wasn’t aware that I would get to see elephant seals so that was a nice surprise!

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Sat Jan 13 2018

This is a wonderful short, easy hike. Amazing views and even elephant seals that you can see below on the beach from the cliffs. Highly recommend.

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Wed Dec 06 2017

Really beautiful and not much crowd

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Fri Sep 29 2017

Easy 1.9 out and back. Views of Drakes Bay to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands 20 miles off the coast, and commercial ships approaching San Francisco Bay.

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Thu Aug 24 2017

It was so foggy that we did not even finish the hike. Would be great on a sunny day. Saw a weasel on the trail!

Tue Jul 04 2017

Fantastic experience, good trail, family-friendly, wonderful, fun with family and friends

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