One Hike a Week
Chimney Rock—Point Reyes
Highlights: This hike is ideal if you're looking for a day of breathtaking views. Chimney Rock is a short drive from the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, as well as the beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore, allowing for multiple stops and beautiful scenery. The drive alone is worth the trip.
Parking: Lot at trailhead (with restrooms)
Tip: Bring a picnic style lunch. There are benches at the end of the trail that allow visitors to enjoy the gorgeous view. Trust us—you'll want to stay awhile.
-Follow HWY 101 about 9 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo exit (exit 450B).
-Make sure you are in the lane for San Anselmo (second lane from the right) and exit onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. heading west.
-Follow Sir Francis Drake west approximately 21 miles – passing through San Anselmo, Fairfax and Samuel P. Taylor State Park – until it intersects with Highway 1 at Olema.
-Turn right on Highway 1 and proceed north about 100 yards.
-Take the first left turn at Bear Valley Road and continue about 2.3 miles to a stop sign. Turn left back onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
-Sir Francis Drake Blvd winds through the town of Inverness and through pastoral lands for about 21 miles. Follow signs for the Lighthouse as you go. Approximately 10 minutes after the Drake's Beach turnoff, you will pass the last dairy ranch (Ranch A) and immediately come to a "V" in the road. Turn left onto the one-lane road and you will soon arrive at the Chimney Rock parking lot.