Chimney Rock Trail

The Hike:  Chimney Rock Trail & Elephant Seal Overlook Trail
Vague Location:  Point Reyes National Seashore
Distance: 2 Miles Total – Out & Back

Point Reyes
When I lived in the Bay Area (Northern California), Point Reyes was one of my favorite places to visit and enjoy nature.

Cowgirl Creamery
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.

Field of Purple Buds
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.

Sleeping Seals
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.)

Pretty
The other side of the trail had beautiful views of the ocean.

Chimney Rock Trail
There were strong winds and the waves were powerful as they crashed onto the rocks and shore below.  The hike ends at Chimney Rock overlook and it is a sight worth seeing.

This hike was taken on March 15, 2008.

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9 Responses to Chimney Rock Trail

  1. Dot says:

    Wow that looks amazing.

  2. Pat Benson says:

    i love Cowgirl Creamery, and as always really enjoyed your blog. That’s a great area for cycling too.

  3. Heather says:

    what a gorgeous place to hike…thanks for visiting!

  4. Love your photos and commentary. Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are among my favorites.

  5. Lorrie says:

    I loved hiking, backpacking, and riding my horses on the trails there when I lived in Sonoma. And the Station House Cafe was a regular stop!

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