Hiking Marin Headlands (San Francisco)

Hiking Marin Headlands (San Francisco)

Just north over the Golden Gate Bridge, are the Marin Headlands. My husband and I were looking for a longer and scenic hike, and so we chose to go up there. We visited during the government shutdown, which meant all of the bathrooms and buildings were closed, but you could still hike or run.  There are a bunch of hikes in Marin Headlands, as well as mountain bike trails, equestrians, and if you are bold enough, you can run the trail.

We decided to hike the perimeter. It’s an easy, wide trail, with the challenge being the elevation changes (about 1600 feet total).  While we saw people, it was never busy, or crowded.

This is about what we did: Lagoon Trail → Miwok Trail → Wolf Ridge Trail → Coastal Trail to Rodeo Beach.

The loop itself is 7.8 miles, but near the peak, you can walk to the peak which is just over .5.  It’s well worth the view and I would recommend it.

 

Marin Headlands San Francisco

The start:

Marin Headlands San Francisco

Marin Headlands San Francisco

We found a well en route

Marin Headlands San Francisco

You cant tell, but the incline is steep!

Marin Headlands San Francisco

We added about .5, to see the very top. This area is used for flying and the giant building in the middle is called a “VORTAC”.  Pilots can gauge where exactly they are in the air via these areas. It can be used in inclement weather when the aircraft is being flown solely from instruments (meaning the pilot is using modern technology to navigate).  You can read more about that here.

Marin Headlands San Francisco

Marin Headlands San Francisco

Eating a cookie at the top

Marin Headlands San Francisco

Marin Headlands San Francisco

Marin Headlands San Francisco

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In all, it was one of my favorite hikes of the trip. It was a beautiful open trail.  The terrain is not difficult, but the elevation and climbing are.

Other California Hikes:

Mini Trip to Los Angeles

Hiking Calavera Hills Community Park

You Can See All Hikes Here.

Questions for you:

East Coast rocky trails or West Coast smooth but more climbing trails…which do you prefer?

 

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