Kirby Cove

MODERATE 79 reviews

Kirby Cove is a 3.3 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 2 mile round-trip 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. 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.

hiking
3 days ago

great out and back. fantastic views

7 days ago

Tremendously peace view from the shoreline adjacent to bridge

hiking
17 days ago

So gorgeous! There are amazing views of SF, the bay, the beach, and Sausalito. I’d recommend getting there early enough to find parking as it was intense by the time we left (about 1pm). We ended up adding a couple miles to our trip by adding the Battery Spencer Trail to the day as well as exploring a couple of the old batteries which I definitely recommend. As a Bay Area native, the views never get old and if you’re local and you haven’t been, I hope you do. Trail was about 40-50% shaded so prepare for that if your fair otherwise it requires very little planning. Great place to take visitors! Keep in mind you can only access the parking lot from the south so if you’re coming from Marin, you do a bit of backtracking - unless I don’t know a secret way to get through... which is entirely possible!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike with great views.

6 months ago

Great view

6 months ago

Easy walk down & back. The hardest part is finding a parking spot!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, very easy.. more of a walk. If you have shoes with good tread and well balanced... I recommend going straight down the side in the trees. You go off the path by the first turn to the right and just continue down the hill. You'll have to shimmy about 10 feet down a steep incline at the beach but makes it adventurous and great on the legs.

hiking
7 months ago

As far as hikes go I'd give this a 2. It's a smooth, wide road. However, this is an amazing place to take guests of The City. From the cliffs of the headlands, through a eucalyptus forest, and down to the beach.

BTW, the swing has been cut down

9 months ago

Hiking trail is easy to follow, not too many people here which is great, quiet little beach at the bottom as well. The swing was broken when we got to it. Overall, great experience

10 months ago

Easy hike. It's basically a dirt paved road that leads to the bottom where the campgrounds meet the ocean. There is parking right at the entrance, but I preferred getting more of a hike by parking at the round about up the hill, and taking the small trail that hugs the road all the way down to the main trail. This is definitely one of those hikes you don't need to wear hiking gear for. Many tourists, families, and photo shoots happening around.

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful hike to do with kiddos.

hiking
10 months ago

Short walk/hike. Great view of the bay and bridge! Nice picnic area if you want to spend the day relaxing by the ocean

camping
10 months ago

Short hike to some beautiful scenery and in my opinion, one the best views of the bridge you can get.
Go through the campgrounds, come down the stairs to the beach, and look to your left. You'll find the Instagram famous swing of Kirby Cove. A must - get photo opp.

10 months ago

Awesome hike

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and relaxing beach!

10 months ago

It's a small trail and definitely worth going for the swing and the beautiful golden gate view

hiking
11 months ago

An urban hike with an awesome finish! As long as you don't mind a 20 mile round trip hike, this is a great one to experience the best of San Francisco urbanism to one of the best views of the bridge! And bonus points if you get to Kirby Cove at sunset!

11 months ago

Great Easy Hike. You won't want to stop taking pictures. Beautiful views from all angles.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing

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