Kirby Cove

MODERATE 66 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.

4 months ago

Great view

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
5 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. They won't soon forget the view of that big, red bridge ;-) ((yes yes, I know it's International Orange)). You'll go from the cliffs of the headlands, through a eucalyptus forest, and down to the beach.

BTW, the swing has been cut down

7 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

7 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
7 months ago

Wonderful hike to do with kiddos.

hiking
7 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
7 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.

8 months ago

Awesome hike

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and relaxing beach!

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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!

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fun! Great views! Easy!

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