Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful scenery and not too crowded. Easy parking and many small trails to check out. Best to come when the lighthouse is open otherwise half the trail to it is closed including the tunnel and suspension bridge which is the fun part.

Easy walk down to the beach. You can book to camp there too. Finding parking on top was a pain since there’s very limited space. There was no swing when I went.

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4 days ago

Super chill and great for all levels.

Overall, the hike is beautiful that has a short climb in the beginning whether you stray as I did by hiking alongside Conzelman Road - or you stay with the trail by crossing Conzelman and pick up the trail across the street. Either way gets you to the same next stage of the hike.

When you get past the circle in the road, you’ll pass on the restrooms and hike for about a mile+ with an easy decline. Ultimately this will take you down to a road where you’ll turn left, cross the street and turn in opposite the horse stables. In about quarter mile, you reach a T where you’ll turn left. Shortly after that you’ll hike for about 2+ miles over a steady incline until you get to the last third of the hike and follow the ridge overlooking Sausalito. I hiked a bit further and had lunch sitting on the only bench on the trail overlooking both Sausalito and Angel Island.

I hiked in mid-July which is considered summer everywhere else but San Francisco and the Marin Headlands. Throughout my hike, the temp was 50-55ish with lots of fog and wind. Nothwithstanding, I recommend the hike and neighboring trails for the classic Marin Headlands experience. The views are breathtaking to locals and visitors alike!

some of the best ocean views in the area. we did this on 7/7 so very warm day but the breeze from the ocean kept it very comfortable, even in the sun. no shade on this hike so sunscreen and hat a must! actually hiked down to Muir beach to check it out and there are much nicer restrooms there than at the start of the Tennessee Valley Trail head. if you have time check out pirate‘s Cove for a quick little closer view of the ocean. be sure once you hit Tennessee Valley beach to go up to the Overlook for sweeping vistas. be warned if you don’t like heights you may not like the Overlook as much.
taking the Fox Trail is quite the workout so is the hike back from Muir beach, another hill and the last hill after Pirates Cove is another bun buster. you’ll get a great work out with amazing views so much better than a gym!
The parking lot at Tennessee Valley Trail head fills up quickly on weekends so recommendation is to get there no later than 8:30, this will also help you avoid the crowds of people just going to the beach.

Beautiful hike! Sweeping views of Muir and Tennessee beach and the coastline in between. Pretty challenging - most of it spent climbing steep hills.

Great hike and beautiful views! Beware of rattlesnakes though, there was one on the trail that wasn’t happy about us walking there.

Loved this hike. Beautiful views, lovely sunsets. Foot traffic only in the beginning. A lot of people don't do the entire loop.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike to a great viewpoint. It's essentially walking up a very steep road to a wide, flat viewpoint above the Marin Headlands. Great views of the GGB, Kirby Cove, Fort Baker, Mt. Tam, and much more remote than the throngs you get down on the Battery Spencer trail. Don't miss this; stop at small gravel parking area next to the round about at the intersection of Conzelman and McCullough, and hike down through the bushes and across the road at the gate. From there it's all uphill. View is definitely worth the effort.

Wonderful views all around! get everything from rolling hills to the ocean. you can even get a glimpse of twin peaks and downtown SF. I would recommend going counter clock wise otherwise you end up with a bunch of steep downhill at the very end of your hike

Short steep hike that has a rewarding finish! Beautiful views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge

Very strenuous hike with beautiful views! Bring lots of water, a windbreaker, and high protein food.

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a charming place to visit! Parking is plentiful and the short walk to the lighthouse is easy. There are seals below the lookout point, a rock tunnel to walk through, and a cute bridge leading to the lighthouse! Loved it!

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17 days ago

Nice hike along the coast with beautiful ocean views. I started at Rodeo Beach, hiked up hill 88, through the Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach, to the Organic Farm, over to Tennessee Beach and then back to Rodeo Beach. 14 miles and 3,600 feet of elevation gain.

Great for mountain biking not much for hiking.

Great short hike with beautiful vistas of the ocean and the headlands. Best to go during the warm part of the day due to the typical windy conditions.

Extended trail loop: clockwise from Rodeo Lagoon, 8.5 miles, 1400 ft elevation, 3 hours 4 minutes .

We hiked from Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach. This trail is definitely recommended for people who enjoy ocean views while getting some kick ass workout. It’s a hard hike but it feels wonderful afterward. Lots of going up and down interval along the trail.

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30 days ago

The most amazing views! Walking down is the easy part because it’s all downhill but going back up is a little more challenging! I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

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1 month ago

Great view. Easy trail

This was an amazing hike! I definitely agree with the hard rating. My husband and I hiked the route starting at Rodeo Beach up to Muir Beach. Lots of Beach scenery and lots and lots of hills, including two very steep hills! We packed a lunch for the halfway point and ate before we returned. We also too 3 liter camelbacks of water each and pretty much killed it off. Layers of clothing is a must as well. The Beach is cool while part of the hike that is away from the beach is warmer, plus it heats up in the afternoon. I would definitely do this hike again!

1 month ago

Simple walk dwn. Would like to book the campsite next time I go also there was a swing there that was pretty cool to take pics on

My favorite hike in this area, just breathtaking views.

1 month ago

Dogs not allowed on half of this trail. View is great, trail is nice. But once the trail crosses trail line highway there are signs posted: no dogs allowed.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view of the bridge and water access. Highly recommend

Hiked this on Memorial Day - wow did we luck out with weather! Clearest day I've ever had on these trails. Great hike and the elevation is broken up across a few big hills throughout so it doesn't feel so bad. Be careful about sun protection and water as there is no shade at all on this trail. Also the part by Tennessee Valley is very overgrown with lots of poison oak so wear pants or be prepared to scrub your legs well after the hike. Worth the workout and the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Expanded this loop to get some extra distance. Hiked clockwise starting at east end of Rodeo Lagoon - Miwok Trail - Bobcat Trail - SCA Trail - Conzelman Road rounbadout- Julian Trail - back to starting point. Total hike: 8.5 miles, 1,391 ft elevation, 3 hrs. Great trail. Refer to recorded map.

Easy hike mostly walking on pavement with a bridge to the lighthouse at the end. Had a few different sights to see including old military bunkers, the lighthouse, and view at the top of the hill overlooking SF, GGB, and ocean!

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1 month ago

Very easy trail, did it in under an hour...was verrrrry windy, cold around sunset...the best part was Slide ranch at the end, and being greeted by cheerful kid goats who stuck their heads through the fence yelling at me when I arrived! Ok, well I think they mistook me for one of the ranch girls who walked up in a group to feed them all shortly afterward, but still it was a fun and cute surprise. Beautiful scenery, and lots of deer too...mostly flat and now I know a good trail to bring my Mom when she visits, as she has a bad hip and is not great for hard hikes...

Hiked this in April. Beautiful coast line, generally an up-and-down trail so no long continuous climbs but still a good trek.

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