Kirby Cove

MODERATE 15 reviews

Kirby Cove is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.0 miles 413 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Campsites are available for use only by prior reservation but anyone can walk down the road to enjoy the vistas and picnic on the bluffs or beach. Kirby Cove is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the Marin Headlands, just west of the Golden Gate Bridge and is located eight miles north of downtown San Francisco, at historic Battery Kirby. The moderate 1.8 mile RT trail and cove offer views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the northern California Pacific Coast. The Cove features a pristine coarse-sand beach with great views - when it's not foggy - of the Golden Gate Bridge and northern San Francisco. The steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road. The path descends through Monterrey pines and cypress, Blue Gum eucalyptus, coastal sage and colorful Lupine along the hillsides. Temperatures are usually between 50-55 degrees for the lows and 60-65 for the highs. Fog is prevalent in the summer months from May-Sept. Hiking, picnicking and taking in the awesome views from Kirby Cove are the park's most popular activities. Battery Kirby is a historic army battery used from 1898-1934. Kirby Cove offers four overnight camping sites and one day-use picnic site, all reached via driving the steep access road. The day-use site is available as an accessible camping/picnic site to persons with physical disabilities. Great place to spend half a day or overnight at a campsite. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/kirby.htm

1 month ago

Beautiful trees, view of the golden gate, and nice (somewhat) secluded feeling beach. Bring good shoes for he uphill sections!

2 months ago

Great trail! We ended up here much later than planned because it took us two hours to go 26 miles:( So we ended up getting here right after sunset and we had to park a mile away from the trailhead so added two miles to our hike. It was nice parking up at the parking lot further up the hill because you have a pathway along the road with a guardrail between you and the road the entire way and this allows you more views of the bridge during the extra hike. The trail itself is an easy wide dirt road that leads down to a campground next to the beach. It was one of the best views I've ever seen of the Golden Gate Bridge:) And the swing is the reason to go. We walked back in the dark but felt safe the entire way since it was a wide path and had the glow of the bridge to guide us. Lots of raccoons!:) We are looking forward to coming back during the day.

2 months ago

Fun! Great views! Easy!

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trailhead is at the entrance of the Golden Gate Bridge overlook so it is always crowded at the top. Park your car and hike this trail down all the way to the beach you would have one of the best views of the bridge and city skyline around!

6 months ago

Easy trail. Nothing special .. But worth doing because of that swing with an amazing view on the Golden Gate Bridge !

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was great and not too long. About a mile down and you'll see campgrounds where I believe you can camp during the summer months. Walk through those and you'll end up at the beach! There's a swing on the edge of the beach with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are bathrooms down by the campgrounds since they're campgrounds, so you could bring a picnic and spend all day down there!! Soooo beautiful.

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great stroll down to the beach and ocean. Bring a geologist (or a book) and admire the special and beautiful radiolarian chert that abounds. View of the City is pretty nice too !

hiking
2 years ago

It started out a foggy summer day, but the fog cleared and we strolled downhill to Kirby Cove. Great views of the Presidio area, the Golden Gate Bridge, a nice beach, several nice campsites, and not crowded like the rest of the stops along the Marin Headlands road. The walk up is a bit tougher and gives you a great workout... would be a great trail run. Would also be a great place to tent camp for a night. We had a great time.

hiking
2 years ago

this trail is amazing. you can also do day camp in this area. while at end is like a secluded beach area, where there is a view of the golden gate bridge and city. this was a continuation hike from my hiking group.

hiking
3 years ago

I've hiked this many times and always drive away with a smile on my face. Since the entrance is at the Golden Gate Bridge overlook you'd think it'd be crowded all the time, but it's not. Even if it's a crowded Fall day, don't be deterred by the crowd up top because they rarely go further than 10 feet from their car. Once you get to the bottom you'll have one of the best views of the bridge and skyline around!

camping
4 years ago

Beautiful, peaceful campsite just a stones throw from the center of SF.
Reserve one of these highly sought-after campsites and you'll be falling asleep with the SF skyline in view. You can even drive right down the access road with your car to properly set up a over-the-top campsite.
Sure, it's not the most 'out there' destination, but I know people who've camped out and made it to work on time the next morning in SF.

hiking
4 years ago

Short and sweet; sun and shade; views and beach. Park in the small lot for the Battery Spencer lookout. The trailhead is where the dirt road to Kirby Cove meets Conzelman Road at a locked gate. The Kirby Cove Road is occasionally used by vehicles with access to the gate's code, so be careful walking around blind corners. The hike is a mile-long steady descent to a small beach near the north tower of the Golden Gate bridge. The views of San Francisco are spectacular. The city feels near and distant at the same time. The first two-thirds of the decent one is exposed to the elements, but the last third is under a canopy of pine and eucalyptus trees. The trail divides near the bottom and takes you to various day use picnic areas, an old gun battery and the beach. There are several areas to explore, but watch out for poison oak.

hiking
5 years ago

Trail doubles as the road to the campsite. Well maintained. You'll have to leave the dogs at home. The five stars from this trail comes from the amazing views of the Golden Gate. The trail ends at a secluded rocky beach, that has a World War II gun/look out concrete skeleton structure, and the best views of the Golden Gate you can get! I rated this as moderate because the trail on the way back up to the car is all up hill.