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.

1.9 miles
269 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips




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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Was an easy hike and the views are breathtaking!

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Really beautiful and not much crowd

Friday, September 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.

Thursday, August 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!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

Sunday, July 02, 2017

We had a crystal clear day so views were AMAZING! I'd have to say this was the prettiest hike I've done near Point Reyes (I'm local). Easy hike with very little incline, great for families. There were lots of seals on the beaches we hiked past.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

fun... super easy... saw a coyote on the return... beautiful area... i thought it was fairly level going out but definitely downhill on the return... lots of history here

Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful views but can be very windy. Dress accordingly.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

Monday, May 08, 2017

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.

Monday, May 01, 2017

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beyond Beautiful!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Another favorite of mine. Went here for Valentine's Day and I was surprised it wasn't crowded. Tons of elephant seals, you can hear them making all sorts of interesting sounds all throughout the hike. The views are awesome! So beautiful with the calm water of drakes bay to the left and the crashing waves of the pacific to the left. It's really just a cool little hike.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Quick, easy trail. Views are stunning! Pretty good for viewing birds and other wildlife. Fairly crowded, at least on the weekend, but still a worthwhile hike.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This short and easy hike is a real stunner, taking you right out onto the last spit of land that juts out into Drake's Bay. The scenery, with the vantage of being high on the cliffs, is breathtaking in all directions. You can see very clearly the Farallon Islands in the distance. Our 4- and 8-year old kids loved this hike and we will do it again!

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