Kirby Cove

MODERATE 108 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
639 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.

1 month ago

Easy walk down to the beach. You can book to camp there too. Finding parking on top was a pain since there’s very limited space. There was no swing when I went.

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1 month ago

The most amazing views! Walking down is the easy part because it’s all downhill but going back up is a little more challenging! I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

2 months ago

Simple walk dwn. Would like to book the campsite next time I go also there was a swing there that was pretty cool to take pics on

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2 months ago

Great view of the bridge and water access. Highly recommend

2 months ago

Great views, and wild fennel all along the trail. Smells amazing! Pretty easy hike!

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4 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. well worth the views!!! I am in no way fit.... just started hiking recently and actually found this one pretty easy.....

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5 months ago

great out and back. fantastic views

5 months ago

Tremendously peace view from the shoreline adjacent to bridge

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6 months 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!

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6 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike with great views.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great view

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Wonderful hike to do with kiddos.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Awesome hike

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nice and relaxing beach!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Amazing

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Love it!! Best time to go is in the morning !!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beautiful and fun! Great on a hot day with friends!! The final destination is breathless with city sights and ocean feels!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beautiful trees, view of the golden gate, and nice (somewhat) secluded feeling beach. Bring good shoes for the uphill sections!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Great trail! We ended up here much later than planned because it took us two hours to go 26 miles:( So we ended up getting here right after sunset and we had to park a mile away from the trailhead so added two miles to our hike. It was nice parking up at the parking lot further up the hill because you have a pathway along the road with a guardrail between you and the road the entire way and this allows you more views of the bridge during the extra hike. The trail itself is an easy wide dirt road that leads down to a campground next to the beach. It was one of the best views I've ever seen of the Golden Gate Bridge:) And the swing is the reason to go. We walked back in the dark but felt safe the entire way since it was a wide path and had the glow of the bridge to guide us. Lots of raccoons!:) We are looking forward to coming back during the day.

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