The Hike: Chimney Rock Trail & Elephant Seal Overlook Trail
Vague Location: Point Reyes National Seashore
Distance: 2 Miles Total – Out & Back
I quickly developed a ritual that included stopping at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station to pick up a picnic lunch from their take away deli to enjoy during the hike. (We would also sample and purchase a variety of cheeses to enjoy later at home.) The sandwich menu rotated and my favorite was fresh ricotta cheese, caramelized onions, and champignon mushrooms served on a baguette.
Chimney Rock Trail is a great place to view spring wildflowers and seasonal whale watching. We hiked over the green fields that were often filled with purple wildflowers; sometimes open and others were closed buds.
It was typically foggy whenever we visited Point Reyes; however, we lucked out with a clear day for this hike. We hiked along Drake’s Bay and came across the Elephant Seal Overlook Trail, which is an extremely short trail that offers additional views and information on the seals. (That are seen in the shadows on the beach.)
This hike was taken on March 15, 2008.