Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, and Bonita Lighthouse Loop

MODERATE 137 reviews

Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, and Bonita Lighthouse Loop is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked loop 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.5 miles
1,430 feet

dogs on leash


trail running


bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers


NOTE: No dogs on the Point Bonita Trail portion leading to the lighthouse.

1 day ago

Really good trail and dog friendly! There is some mountain, beach, ocean, lots of wildflowers ! Great!!

Beautiful hike with our dog ! Great views of the beach

17 days ago

Amazing hike! You do walk along the road for a portion but it isn’t for too long and the road has enough room on the side so you aren’t physically on it. Definitely will do again in the future!

1 month ago

I love this trail. Come after it rains and you'll see the wildlife come out. Came early and we walked up along the clouds/fog. The view was breathtaking. We follow the trail and went counter clockwise and was able to see the ocean while making our way down the trail. Definitely plenty to see on the west side of the trail. I would go early as this place tends to have more foot traffic as the day gets warmer. Overall, it was a good trail to get your heart rate up.

2 months ago

this is now one of my favorite places to go in the Bay area, but as some of the other reviewers have said, skip the loop and focus on the real hero area which is Roscoe Beach and the coastal trail. as the loop goes, the park rangers recommend a counterclockwise approach so that you are facing all the coastal views as you descend. if doing the full loop, that's right, but I now like parking at Roscoe, hiking up, playing around on the myriad of peaks and trails on the various hills, and then coming back down.
also note that the out-and-back section to the lighthouse is not dog-friendly.
also, yesterday, that part was closed given all the rain lately.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike, highly recommend making the short hike to see the Nike Missile Launch site. It’s the only one in the US still open to the public. Open Saturdays 12-4pm

6 months ago

This is by far the best trail I’ve had the opportunity to hike. The views are astonishing. Some parts were steep with lose rocks but overall this hike was easy. Not very crowded and very quiet. Will definitely be back several more times.

9 months ago

We are tied to hikes that allow dogs. We are running out of places but happy to find this trail. Coming from the East Bay in Walnut Creek it was very pleasant to have a sea breeze and a touch of fog. Not the typical trail found in the east bay. We loved it. Only managed 3 miles but a nice get away from home.
Lots of birds, brown pelicans are abundant here.

9 months ago

Really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this trail... the steady ascent up the Miwok worked our lungs but didn’t overwhelm us, and the views as we picked up the Coastal were lovely (we were lucky enough to get a fog-free, sunny day). We were tired and cut over back to the parking spot along the Lagoon trail instead of going down to the point, will have to check that out next time.

9 months ago

The bottom part of this “hike” is a confusing mixture of parking lots and unmarked segments of “trail” some of which join up with each other, some of which just wander off and dead end. If you, like me, hike to get out in nature and away from people, don’t bother with the bottom third of the trail. Park near rodeo beach and go from there. If you’re looking for the scenic, tourist spots then that’s ok too and the bottom third of the hike will be perfect for you. Once you get out of the crowds, this trail is stunning, even on foggy days.

9 months ago

Just had a little time in the morning so we just did the coastal trail out to the lookout point and then back and up to the batteries. Very pretty, cool history with the batteries. Love the west coast shoreline.

10 months ago

Hiked clockwise from the parking lot across from the east side of Rodeo Lagoon. Hiking time: 2 hr 34 min.

10 months ago

Great view of the ocean and great weather for hiking. This is more of a hard hike because of it he distance.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful scenery. This hike is relatively easy (some parts uphill), and goes through various landscapes, from coastal views to historical landmarks. Perfect time of the year to catch the blossoming flowers. Make sure to go to the lighthouse. Unfortunately for us, NPS only allows access to it on Sundays from 12:30pm to 3pm this time of the year.

11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Beautiful hike that includes histrionic elements along the Nike missile site and the gun battery.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Great trail , beautiful views , other trails you can take for more scenery , love the coast views

Monday, February 19, 2018

great bridge views, little crowded, very windy

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hiking my in the fog

Friday, January 26, 2018

Nice hike. Early morning fog provides some drama to this hike.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

This trail map should not include Point Bonita Trail. There's not a direct way to get from the Wolf Ridge-Lagoon Loop to Point Bonita without walking on the side of the road and through parking lots. Also, while the Miwok/Coastal/Lagoon trails are all dog-friendly, the Lighthouse Trail is definitely not. Just cut off the Lighthouse trail from this map and you've got a perfect day hike loop. A lot of confused people go into the park looking for the "Marin Headlands Loop trail" but won't find that. Just look for the Miwok or Lagoon trails to get started.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Outstanding hike and views! Just a great day!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Excellent hike with two distinct and very different parts. Park at visitor center per the trail map guidelines, then hike the loop clockwise. First part of the hike is out to Pt. Bonita lighthouse and back and is very scenic. Note that the Pt Bonita lighthouse is only open Sat- Mon starting at 12:30 and only stays open for a few hours. Second part of the hike is moderately steep going up from Rodeo Beach almost to the top of Hill 88, then loops back down the Miwok Trail and back to the trailhead. This second part of the hike is more typical of a Marin Headlands hike. Hiking time: 2.5 hrs.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gorgeous trail! I'd recommend going around the big hill counter clockwise first, so that you get to see the full ocean view right after climbing uphill -- a beautiful reward after a hot walk. There's basically no shade so be aware of that. Also, there's a portion of paved, sort of king pathway that you can't really walk around because of the dense shrubbery around it, so beware if you are bringing a dog. But I did see a lot of dogs around and they seemed to be doing ok. Just a thought!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Going downhill the hast couple of miles on the miwok trail was great!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great first 4 miles- beautiful views. Last 3 mile leg of this route is a little ridiculous. There really isn't a trail all the way through and you will be walking through a lot of parking lots. At one point you are walking through the YMCA property grounds and playgrounds just to stay on track- really bizarre ending to the hike.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Great trail with magnificent views. Off leash option was definitely a bonus for Bella

bird watching
Monday, November 07, 2016

Take the long way around up the right hand side if Gerbode. Easier grade

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