Kirby Cove is a 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.

3.0 miles
610 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


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.

14 days ago

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 :)

15 days ago

25 days ago

Fun easy little hike

30 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Love this hike, and I’m biased because it’s where my husband proposed. ❤️

2 months ago

I love this easy hike ! The birding is really good I saw a blue heron here last week.
You can access several trailheads from here as well.

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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

5 months ago

Great view of the bridge and water access. Highly recommend

5 months ago

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

7 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.....

8 months ago

great out and back. fantastic views

8 months ago

Tremendously peace view from the shoreline adjacent to bridge

9 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!

9 months ago


10 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!

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.

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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wonderful hike to do with kiddos.

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

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

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