​This short, flat trail leads you to stunning views of Drake’s Bay and a vista where you can see a beach lined with sunbathing elephant seals.

When visiting Point Reyes National Seashore, Elephant Seal Overlook is a great spot to take in the views and see wildlife. The vista is short walk from the Chimney Rock Parking lot, so it is great to combine with other adventures on your trip. The trailhead is located down the driveway in the north end of the parking lot. From there, it is just a short walk to the overlook, about 850ft. 

The best time of the year to visit is the winter when numerous seals are on the beach giving birth and mating, though you are likely to see a few out any time of year.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Jacket
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RT Distance 0.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 0 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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