dogs on leash
The views are great and the bunkers are fun to walk through and around. If you stay on the marked trail, it is mostly paved. I found myself taking all of the dirt detours and stopping often for pictures. There is zero shade so plan accordingly. Parking is easy and free. Steady uphill climb to the top with one or two steeper sections. I kept my dogs on the leash and did see a coyote who was unphased by us.
Nice little trail for a lunchtime break, although it could be added to a longer hike in the area. Lots of birds; enjoyed watching a woodpecker go at a tree right off the trail. Went in October, but would probably be better in Spring when there is water flowing.
Parked at Miwok trailhead and went clock-wise, hard but not difficult. If using your phone GPS be sure to pull up the trail before going down to the trailhead as cell service is very limited. But the trail is marked very well. Trail is in the Sun throughout the hike, and of course it was one of the hottest days in SF. Great views of SF and Marin. Nice wide fire road so be aware of trail runners and cyclist. Trail says no motorized bikes. But mountain bikes ok.
It was pretty, with great views on a clear day but most of the trail was dirt road or along a road and it was very exposed to the sun. We did it on an unusually hot non-windy day so that may be why we didn't love it. A lot of the trail also is littered with old bunkers if you are into that but it takes away from the nature a bit.
Zoe R. on Marin Headlands Trail
One of my favorite hikes. Pretty steep climb most of the way, with very little shade so bring some sun protection. You can get a great view of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge at the top of this loop!
There are two different types of Tennessee Valley Trails. One of them is the upper and the other is the lower. Depending on how much elevation you want to deal with, I recommend the upper trail of you want a trail with gradual incline. If you want something more flat, I suggest taking the lower trail. Nevertheless, you're rewarded with stunning views! Pack a swimsuit, bring your kids and pooch and it should be a BLAST for everyone!
Kylee L. on Tennessee Valley Golden Gate Loop T...
Perfect length and a good workout with the many inclines. Amazing ocean views, but otherwise scenery is pretty barren. We did coastal trail to Tennessee valley to fox tail
Jennifer D. on Gerbode Valley Loop
Took your guys' advice about going counter clockwise..Thank you! Parked across Rodeo Lagoon and took the Miwok trailhead to Bobcat and looped around Miwok trail down. Next time I'll explore other trails along the way. Amazing views of SF and Marin County from the top. Rodeo Beach is just half a mile away, I'd recommend walking over there after the hike and walk along the small beach.