Kirby Cove Road

Marin Headlands (GGNRA), California

Elevation Gain429ft
Trailhead Elevation431ft
Elevation Min/Max26/431ft
Elevation Start/End431/431ft

Kirby Cove Road

Kirby Cove Road is a hiking and biking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Marin Headlands (GGNRA). It is a mile long and begins at 431 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 429 feet. The Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point viewpoint is near the trailhead. There are also parkings and benches. The Golden Gate Bridge Lookout (elevation 449 feet) viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also trees, a picnic site, and parking along the trail. The trail ends near the Kirby Cove camp site and the Kirby Beach (elevation 23 feet) beach.

Kirby Cove Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"There’s no better beach in the North Bay from which to watch cargo ships and pleasure craft pass under the Golden Gate Bridge. Gazing upward from the beach at Kirby Cove, the span of the Golden Gate Bridge looks impossibly long and fragile. This is especially startling if you’ve prefaced your hike into Kirby Cove with a visit to the overlook at Battery Spencer (a natural starting point), or with a drive or walk across the bridge itself. Up close the bridge retains its grace, but is substantial and dominant. Of course, there’s more to contemplate on the hike into Kirby Cove than changing perspectives on the bridge—there is the narrow, hospitable beach, there are the abandoned fortifications of Battery Kirby, and there is the endless of parade of cargo vessels, ferries, tugs, sailboats, and yachts passing through the gate between bay and sea."

"These two out-and-back hikes explore the southern Marin Headlands offering unparalleled views. Observe fall raptor migration at Hawk Hill. Can be windy."

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Trail Information

Marin Headlands (GGNRA)
Nearby City
Marin Headlands (GGNRA)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Point Bonita; Golden Gate National Recreation Area Map; Marin Headlands Map and Guide to Sites, Trails and Wildlife
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Oct 2018