Chimney Rock

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain398ft
Trailhead Elevation133ft
Elevation Min/Max124/219ft
Elevation Start/End133/133ft

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is a mile long and begins at 133 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 398 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. The Lifesaving information board can be seen along the trail. There are also drinking water, tanks, and a cliff along the trail.

Chimney Rock Professional Reviews and Guides

"A narrow path from the parking lot heads toward the coastal promontory. The lifeboat station is below you, overlooking the waters of Drakes Bay. Spring often brings windy and sunny days, with stunning contrasts between billowing white clouds against blue sky and stark white cliffs behind sparkling aquamarine waters. Long grasses dance in the wind, revealing splashes of color on green hillsides."

"Famed for its springtime wildflower blooms, the trail to Chimney Rock also features fabulous views of Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean. In spring the trail to Chimney Rock passes through the premier wildflower display on the Point Reyes peninsula. The palette is dazzling, featuring a rainbow bloom set against verdant grasses and the bright blues of sea and sky. But the hike is delightful at any time, winding through coastal scrub to an overlook with views of the white cliffs and dazzling waters of Drakes Bay, the sweep of the coast south past the Golden Gate to Lands End, and the shimmering Pacific."

"The trail onto the headland at Chimney Rock is renowned for its springtime wildflower bloom, but it also offers bird’s-eye views of the white cliffs backing Drakes Bay,
where the fabled explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have landed in 1579.

Follow a second path to check out a historic lighthouse station, and another short path that leads to a viewpoint overlooking a beach where elephant seals sun."

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station, CA 94956; (415) 464-5100, ext. 2;
Local Contacts
USGS Drakes Bay OE S; Point Reyes National Seashore map available in visitor center and online
Local Maps

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Oct 2018