"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."