Chimney Rock Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Chimney Rock Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately 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
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Walk from the elephant Seal overlook past the historic Lifeboat Station to Chimney Rock. A must see while you are visiting Point Reyes.

hiking
21 days ago

Caught it on a beautiful day-- I think it's typically very windy so bring a jacket and sweatshirt if you get cold easily like me! LOVED looking over the cliffs at the piles of elephant seals below. They were very amusing to sit and watch and the view from the spot was GORGEOUS. 5 stars- easily.

26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views but can be very windy. Dress accordingly.

hiking
1 month ago

On a misty somewhat overcast cool summer day we were fortunate to be there at the right time (we first drove to the north and McClures beach so that when we returned the lighthouse steps would be open), and walked down the 308 steps to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The equipment room was open for viewing and we checked out all the interesting stuff like the generator and the horns. Next we hit the Chimney Rock trail by trail running through the golden grasses to the edge of the cliffs and saw sea lions basking below. My boots had a blowout and the sole ripped open (which was a good excuse for a new pair). It was good that we were near the end of our trip, because I didn't have a spare pair at the time. At the end of the trail signs warned you from crossing a fence, but we couldn't see the Chimney, so ducked under for a better view. Not too far, as the land crumbles easily and you could easily end up down the cliff. Turned out to be a great day, not terribly windy and the sun peeked out from time to time. When it's not crowded, both the lighthouse and Chimney Rock trails are a great sojourn. Highly recommend visiting Point Reyes and all of its cool activities. Still have the Tomales Point trail as a to-do on my list.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fantastic place. The hike is great for someone who is just starting out and wants to dip their feet in. Very quite and peaceful. As you hike you can hear the sound of the elephant seals and waves crashing on the rocks. I wouldn't advise bringing kids. Beautiful flowers and wildlife. We saw a pack of deers and bunnies. Not counting the seals.

1 month ago

Nice easy hike with lots of wildflowers. Saw elephant seals and a migrating whale and her calf. ❤️

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike, lovely and uncrowded on a Monday night. Saw a coyote while driving in, and a whale out in the bay. Pair this with checking out the lighthouse.

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2 months ago

Short. easy hike with beautiful wildflowers in the spring and gorgeous views throughout. I would do both the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock since they are in such close proximity to one another.

2 months ago

This trail doesn't start strong but end amazing. A lot of seal sun bathing beaches along the trail. Also get to see dear and wild flowers.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy trail. Wildflowers in season (April). Elephant Seals observed at the overlook and even closer below at the Lifeboat house. Really windy near the end of the day.

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8 months ago

This is a low work, high reward trail. The view is amazing, so it's great for a short walk and photos. Plus, you can see seals October thru January.

That said, it's pretty short and very easy. This isn't a trail for people looking to get a workout.

8 months ago