Golden Gate Gems - Hawk Hill, Kirby Cove, and Battery Spencer

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate Gems - Hawk Hill, Kirby Cove, and Battery Spencer is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length7.3 miElevation gain1,417 ftRoute typeOut & back
Nature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachViewswild-flowersWildlifeHistoric siteNo dogs
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This hike captures the best of the Golden Gate Bridge Marin side. Kirby Cove is a hidden gem, there is a rope swing hanging from a tree on the beach, you can also camp overnight. It's a must see! Also be aware that when you are heading up to Hawk Hill you want to take the one-way road at the end headed to Point Bonita Light House. The road to Hawk Hill might be temporarily closed due to high traffic. It gets crazy with tourists up there but it is well worth the stunning views. Also, bring layers, the weather can get hot then cold and windy.

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Stella Sy
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Dwight Alfaro
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Most of it is next to a road. But the views are still spectacular, even though you’re hiking along with cars and bicycles. It veers away from the road at Hawk Hill and on the fire road going down to Kirby Cove. 3 Batteries are at your disposal on this hike.

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Jerry Horner
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Great variety of views of the Golden Gate Bridge and coast line. Not too steep. Add black sand beach at the end.

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JB Myer
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Amazing views!

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Ana Flores
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Beautiful weather and absolutely stunning views. Highly recommend this trail! I started late in the day so I was only able to do half of the trail. I will be returning to complete it with a friend soon.

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Celina Montgomery
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Didn’t like that a majority of the trail is along the road. I’d rather just park closer to Kirby Beach and do the mile hike down. Quite a bit of people fishing on the beach, but still a good spot for a picnic.

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Tingwei Chang
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Walked along the drive way. Breathtaking coast view.

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Matthew Rhoades
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milind potdar
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Narayan Sivaram
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Fantastic but strenuous hike with jaw-dropping views of Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding areas. Hiked on a clear sunny day, so the views weren’t obscured by the fog. It gets super windy at Hawk hill, so make sure to dress up in layers

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Anirudh Gorthi
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Hike was mostly along the road. The highlight was the walk near the steps and walk down to see Kirby cove. I would recommend doing hawk hill hike and Kirby cove separately instead of walking on road for remaining parts of the hike.

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Nadley Nazaire
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Mostly uphill but nice views and many other trails nearby

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M W
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Good hike although you start at the intersection to black sand beach then go up to hawk hill then down and down again to fort Kirby then back up. About 60% is along the road (on a protected path), so lots of bikes and car traffic. But unbelievable views!

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Ashley Dias
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Awesome views of bridge and cityscape. Definitely recommend to go during sunrise.

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m persen
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Cindy Yonn
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Beautiful hike but as of today there’s no more swing. It’s been cut off.

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Meike G
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Spectacular views indeed, but you walk next to a road almost the entire time, which personally I don't consider a particularly nice hike.

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Tony Paternite
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Incredible views of the golden gate bridge from high up and from the coast. Excellent hike.

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Nicole Buccalo
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Mark Andress
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Druva Surendra Setty
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Currie Wooten
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Niko Kingi
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Alex Lubinski
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Rowena Tafoya
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Will Huynh
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Michael Young
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Jane Bonvallet
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