Marin Headlands - Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Sausalito, California 94966

Marin Headlands - Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Marin Headlands - Golden Gate National Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"This ride, although fairly steep in some areas, has some of the most spectacular scenery in Marin County. You climb up rugged cliffs along the Pacific Ocean. Some of the best views of San Francisco and the Pacific are seen from the bluffs of the Headlands. The weather can quickly become quite windy and foggy, so always carry a jacket with you."

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"Less than a mile from the trailhead, at the end of a lightly traveled spur trail, in a world secluded from everything, Haypress Camp is as close and easy as it gets. Add 3 miles of dayhiking to explore Tennessee Valley and its isolated beach at the base of 400-foot-high cliffs, and you have an outstanding adventure ideal for families and young first-time backpackers."

"Ridgetop trails with coastal views"

"Among units in the National Park system, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is exceeded only by the Blue Ridge Parkway in numbers of visitors per year (1990 figures: Blue Ridge, 17 million; Golden Gate, 15 million). The view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands can only be described as sensational and has been featured in many movies. Hawk Hill is the premier hawk-watching site in the western United States. As raptors drift southward in the fall, they tend to get funneled down the Marin peninsula to Hawk Hill, and then cross the Golden Gate. In 1995 hawk-watchers counted 20,543 raptors. Fog is an almost automatic feature of the Golden Gate in summer and fall. Fog may be pouring through the Gate when other parts of the Bay Area are sparkling clear. If it’s foggy overhead, the hawk-watching obviously will be a bust, but a day that starts out in dense fog may clear up into fine hawk-watching weather by midday. Specialty birds: Resident—Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican; Osprey; Heermann’s Gull; Caspian and Elegant Terns. Winter—Peregrine Falcon. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"This dramatic trip takes you from the landmark Golden Gate Bridge into the hills of the Marin Headlands—you climb through open grassland and coastal chaparral to the ridge above Sausalito and descend into the wide ravine of Tennessee Valley. You’ll have spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, the Marin Headlands, and the Pacific Ocean. On narrow paths and wide service roads, you’ll climb and descend 600 feet; come prepared for wind and fog."

"The shorter and more scenic northwest loop through the very scenic headlands, this book’s second headlands ride takes you near Tennessee Beach, which functions as a sort of Stinson Beach overflow option for locals and clued-in (or time-strapped) tourists. The sight lines from the Green Gulch lookout point are unrivaled in the area . . . or are they? It’s up to you to decide. The ride includes fire-road climbing with a snappy singletrack descent to finish the loop."

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Trail Information

Sausalito
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season

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Nov 2018