Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands Visitor Center

Sausalito, California

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This hardy hike spends more time hemmed in by coastal chaparral than the headlands’ surf-battered shores. But the highlights that make this a standout hike include historic battery sites with unique vantage points to appreciate the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, hiking the California Coastal Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and a worthwhile descent to stunning Black Sands Beach. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created out of land and facilities formerly owned by the US military. Grassroots groups under the banner of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area, supported by visionary politicians of the 1960s, campaigned for the federal government to purchase the land to protect it from development and preserve the ecological and scenic wealth of the landscape as well as the cultural heritage and historical landmarks.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This hardy hike spends more time hemmed in by coastal chaparral than the headlands’ surf-battered shores. But the highlights that make this a standout hike include historic battery sites with unique vantage points to appreciate the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, hiking the California Coastal Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and a worthwhile descent to stunning Black Sands Beach.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created out of land and facilities formerly owned by the US military. Grassroots groups under the banner of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area, supported by visionary politicians of the 1960s, campaigned for the federal government to purchase the land to protect it from development and preserve the ecological and scenic wealth of the landscape as well as the cultural heritage and historical landmarks.

© 2017 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sausalito
Distance: 14.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 16 feet
Top Elevation: 817 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco 94123-0022; (415) 561-4700 or (415) 426-5240; nps.gov/goga
Driving Directions: Directions to Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands Visitor Center

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Apr 2018