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Kirby Cove is a 3 mile heavily 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: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 561 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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

Is the trail back open?

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Mostly steep to start with zero shade. You walk down an all dirt access road to campground near the water, views on the way down and at the cove are great. Make sure you go during low tide, and don’t stay too long near the cove or you’ll have to swim around the rocks to the beach if you stay as the tide rolls in. ps. The rope swing isn’t there anymore, they cut it down but the tree is still there.

hiking
4 months ago

Cute hike with beautiful view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge at the end

hiking
4 months ago

The way down is easy, it's the way up that's hard! The beach at the cove was beautiful. Very much worth it for just the photos alone.

hiking
7 months ago

Went there on a very cloudy day... did not get any view.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Great!!!

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fun little tide pools to play with at the end.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike! Beautiful views! I highly recommend! Great history there too!

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is also an access road so be aware there can be cars coming up that also camped the night before. Solid hike we enjoyed doing it in the early morning.

walking
11 months ago

Nice and easy trail, views are great but unfortunately it was foggy when we did it. Definitely do it again...

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

Amazing hike with great views. Unfortunately, the Instagram-famous swing on the beach looks like it has been cut down. Disappointing, but still a lovely hike and worth the visit.

hiking
muddy
rocky
Wed Mar 06 2019

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 03 2019

Easy hike, a bit muddy but not too bad. Lots of military bunkers to explore along the way.

hiking
Sat Jan 19 2019

There is no swing anymore but still worth the view! Easy hike, and quick to do (: would do it again

Wed Jan 09 2019

It’s not a traditional hike, but it’s still a must-do. Be careful about not missing the parking lot. Take a look at the map and use common sense rather than blindly following the driving directions through the app. I enjoyed this trial because of the elevation gain. You start huffing a puffing! I’d love to try camping down there. Part of this trial is a more popular because it intersects with Battery, the photo location everyone takes the quintessential Golden Gate Bridge photo at. Walking to this lookout spot after Kirby Cove is a must! Don’t worry, you won’t miss it.

Mon Dec 31 2018

Such a great trail and kid friendly too, beautiful scenery

Fri Dec 21 2018

Stopped by hiking up Conzelman. Nice little, cozy spot with great views of GG Bridge

Mon Oct 29 2018

Great hike with great views of golden gate! Make sure to stop by Battery viewpoint! You fee like you are touching the bridge. The beach at the end is awesome! There were a few people there which was super nice :)

Sun Oct 28 2018

Thu Oct 18 2018

Fun easy little hike

hiking
Sat Oct 13 2018

Gorgeous views. Awesome beach at the end. Almost no people. A lot of picnic tables with spectacular views.

camping
Sun Sep 23 2018

Great hike to bring people from out of town. It’s easy & gorgeous! Makes for great memorable pics.

Fri Sep 21 2018

This was a quick down and back hike .8 miles each way. My dad and I took a long lunch break on a Friday for this route. going in the middle of the day made for easier parking and it wound up a perfect break from the work day!

Sat Sep 08 2018

At first you go uphill for about 1/2 a mile and then you start heading downhill. You end up at a beach which is BEAUTIFUL! Coming back the road is steep, but not difficult.

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