Point Reyes National Seashore Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails

Point Reyes Station, California

Point Reyes National Seashore: Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails Professional Review and Guide

"These are two short, exhilarating hikes. The lighthouse walk features marine wildlife and plant life that can survive harsh weather conditions. The lighthouse is the best place in Marin to watch gray whales migrating from Alaska to Baja California. On a clear day, you can see out to the Farallon Islands. Chimney Rock boasts one of the best wildflower displays on the coast and is the site of shipwrecks dating to 1585. Along the Chimney Rock Trail, towering 500-foot cliffs provide spectacular coastline scenery. A short drive is required to get to the Chimney Rock trailhead from the lighthouse. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."

Point Reyes National Seashore: Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails Reviews

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8/22/2009
We had a 'light-hiker' in our group who didn't want to do anything too strenuous and we found both of these hikes extremely doable within an afternoon after setting up camp at the Olema Ranch Campground. Stunning views even on foggy days (of which this was one). There were also sealions viewable from the trails. Bring binoculars and telephoto lenses for optimum viewing.
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Trail Information

Point Reyes Station
Nearby City
3
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round, sunrise to sunset
Season
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
400 feet
Top Elevation
Point Reyes National Seashore
Local Contacts
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