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hiking
13 hours ago

hiking
15 hours ago

Great views at the end! I prefer more trees though!

A large part of the trail (probably 1/3) is seriously overgrown, almost disappearing entirely in some areas. It's a slog getting through those parts -- and wow, do you not want to wear shorts -- but the view at the top is amazing. The climb is steady but there are occasional flat sections to give your calves a rest. We enjoyed the hike but if no trail maintenance is done, we suspect it will be quite difficult to get through in another month.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail, definitely worth it if you are interested in watching seals

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail, definitely worth it if you are interested in watching seals

The walk from the parking lot to the entrance of the stairs to the lighthouse was average. There were beautiful views of the water. Unfortunately the stairs to the lighthouse were closed due to 40 mph wind. The stairs were a steep set straight down, with no platforms for breaks. Area gets very crowded, even in cold, windy conditions.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful views but can be very windy. Dress accordingly.

walking
13 days ago

Starting from the end of Drake Beach Road, we parked next to the Drakes Bay Oyster company restaurant [now closed and shut down, but there is now the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center] and strolled out to the beach and took a right heading toward Chimney Rock. The cliffs reminded us of the Cliffs of Dover and the beach was pretty much deserted except for the seagulls. Great walk, beautiful views and solitude.

hiking
13 days 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.

This was a beautiful hike! Ocean view the whole way. Make sure to dress in layers as it can get pretty windy. I would also recommend to not wear shorts. There are very narrow sections where you are walking through high grass and brush. There are also sections where you are hiking on sand. Lots of birds, wild flowers and Elk to see! Just beautiful!!