Kirby Cove

MODERATE 31 reviews

Kirby Cove is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California 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 400 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

2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing

25 days ago

Love it!! Best time to go is in the morning !!

1 month ago

Beautiful and fun! Great on a hot day with friends!! The final destination is breathless with city sights and ocean feels!

walking
2 months ago

An easy walk to an adorable little beach with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are two small parking lots near the trailhead for the scenic overlooks of the bridge. Putting "Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point" into Google Maps will easily get you here. I arrived around 9am on a beautiful Saturday. There are many people around for the views of the bridge (as well as lots of cyclists, so drive carefully!), but the trail itself was secluded aside from myself! What a great getaway. After passing through the Kirby Cove campground, there is a small beach with a stunning view of the bridge. The way back out has a little more incline, which makes the walk feel like a slight workout.

2 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

4 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.

5 months ago

Fun! Great views! Easy!

5 months ago

hiking
7 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!

walking
7 months ago

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

hiking
1 year 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.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
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walking
1 year ago