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Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, and Bonita Lighthouse Loop

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, and Bonita Lighthouse Loop is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sausalito, California that features a lake 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.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,430 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Lake Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Historic site
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NOTE: No dogs on the Point Bonita Trail portion leading to the lighthouse. The Point Bonita Lighthouse is only open Sun-Mon 1230p-330p.

National Park Service guide to Marin Headlands http://www.nps.gov/goga/marin-headlands.htm NPS guide to Golden Gate National Recreation Area http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm Marin Headlands trail map (PDF download) http://home.nps.gov/applications/parks/goga/ppMaps/map-mahe.pdf Headlands Institute nature programs http://yni.org/hi/

Check the weather forecast before going; if the forecast calls for fog or rain, it might be best to wait another day (though early morning fog typically burns off on summer afternoons). Use extreme caution around high cliffs and shoreline; a fall from the heights is certainly fatal, and ocean rip tides often can be. Walk, drive and ride defensively -- roads can get crowded, especially on weekends. What to bring: Layers, especially a windbreaker Binoculars Camera Bay Area guidebook

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Andrew gulbronson
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Brendan Minehan
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Gokusview IG
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So sick because of the graffiti spot at top and the ocean part!

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Dwight Alfaro
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Did the loop counter clockwise. The climb that way is more gradual than if you go up from Rodeo Beach. It was about a 40 minute steady climb to reach the top, which is Hill 88. The descend the water will be in full view. Trail narrows to a single track at one point so mask were prevalent. The last stretch after you passed the beach, I felt was unnecessary. Another climb up a sandy hill was no fun. Then a paved road back to the parking lot. Just take the trail that hugs the lagoon back to the parking lot. Quicker yet still scenic.

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Karthik V S
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Royce Ruiz
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Nice loop. Did it with a 3 year old.

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Andrionni Ribo
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Fog, then views for days. Nice to get away from the smoke.

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Hardik Gandhi
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Such a beautiful hike. We did it counterclockwise. Took us about 3 hours with lots of break for vista points. No shade for the entire trail. Pleasant weather with so much fog. even though we started at 2 pm. It takes you right to the beach. We saw a snake too.

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Tara V
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This is a fun trail! I recommend going counter clockwise so you'll always have the ocean/bay views in front of you. There is no shade and the bathrooms are closed. Definitely check out Hill 88! A lot of really cool history to see here! I skipped the lighthouse - way too many people too close for my comfort.

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Henry Wu
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A great hike with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean! Not much shade though - bring sunscreen!

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Tyler Chuck
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Amazing trails, great views of the water, perfect climate. A great loop. Didn’t make it to the lighthouse as it was closed, but truly one of the best hikes in the Bay!

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Audria Sarmiento
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Still closed. No access to bunker rd

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Emma Eckerstrom Law
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Currently closed due to COVID - unable to travel by car to the Golden Gate National Rec Area

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Kao Saephan
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Beautiful trail with amazing views and lots of open sky to gaze into the ocean or back towards the San Francisco Bay. Well melted and flat.

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Michael Saucy
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Good. Good views on a clear day.

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Wyatt Vucic
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Great hike. Beaches to relax for a snack, historical sights, beautiful views,

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Colleen D
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Went counterclockwise. Picked a very windy day to go-couldn’t stand near the edge of looks outs it was that gusty. Beautiful views of coast on the way up but passed by two large (10+) packs of bicyclists on the way up and another pack after the trail joined miwok.

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Yessika Woo
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Corina Reyes
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Great hike ..although I was unable to see the Point Bonita Lighthouse (closed) open Sun-Mon 1230p-330p . Weather was wonderful , not that much people traffic . Counterclockwise.

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Anna Schwartz
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Went to brake in some new boots. Trail was more of a road and it was pretty busy. Nice variety of terrain and views.

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Kara M.
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Awesome hike. Was about 9 miles. Great views of the water. It was busy with other hikers throughout. The last couple miles there were a ton of people.

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Terrence Robertson
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Outstanding.. so crisp and clear, so encouraging and fun.. also.. lower levels of the trails are packed with people after 10am

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T Breaux
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Rachel Strong
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I went counter-clockwise, tackling the climb first. There were a few steeper parts on the Wolf Ridge portion but they were never very long - overall I’d rate the full 8.5 miles as easy/moderate. But wow I was pretty surprised by the path from Rodeo Beach up to the Bonita Lighthouse. You’re on beach/sand for a spell - wasn’t expecting that - and then there’s quite a steep, unsteady ascent up a very sandy rock outcropping. I felt very uneasy and was very worried about keeping my balance! Thankfully it was a very small portion of the overall trail and I made it up ok, but I would rate that one portion as HARD and I would never have deliberately followed that route. There’s probably a way to walk a longer way around on paved roads but I was dead set on sticking to the trail.

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Julia Player
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Nice trail, well maintained! Took us about 2.5 hours counterclockwise and was enjoyable even in the fog. Not a lot of room to walk back along Field Road from the lighthouse to the Visitor Centre. Would recommend doubling back and walking along the coastal trail along the lagoon instead.

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Gabriel Carlson
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C H
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Pretty hike around some interesting areas- but not great for a trail run. Sections were un-runnable for a variety of reasons (awkward stairs, steep slippery rocks, crowds, sand, super narrow). Then last section around the forts felt strange to include so I'd probably skip that part. But overall some great views.

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