|Map of the Point Reyes headlands with Drakes Bay and Chimney Rock|
|Chimney Rock and natural bridge (cliff arch)|
|Historic Lifeboat Station (Drakes Bay)|
These seemingly ordinary men were the heroes of this coast. Like the men who served before and those who served after them, surfmen risked their lives to save mariners in distress. They were always on duty, always prepared and always willing to sacrifice.
|Surfmen prepared to save mariners in distress|
How did these shores look then? Were the natural bridge and Chimney Rock already pounded by waves and what were their shapes?
Getting to the Chimney Rock TrailheadBear Valley Visitor Center, drive north on Bear Valley Road and turn left at its junction with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd. for almost 20 miles and turn left on Chimney Rock Road after passing through the “A” Ranch. Find the parking lot and trailhead after about one mile at the end of this narrow two-way road.
If you are on your way back from a Point Reyes Lighthouse visit, turn right at the Sir Francis Drake Blvd./Chimney Rock Rd. junction before getting to the “A” Ranch.
|Eastern spur of the Point Reyes headlands with Drakes Bay on the right side|
Keywords: Point Reyes coast, steep cliffs, heavy surf, sea stacks, historic site, surfmen, coast guard.