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.

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.

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rocky
25 days ago

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1 month ago

Fun little tide pools to play with at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

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rocky
6 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Such a great trail and kid friendly too, beautiful scenery

8 months ago

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

10 months 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 :)

10 months ago

11 months ago

Fun easy little hike

hiking
11 months ago

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

camping
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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!

Saturday, September 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.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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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Monday, June 04, 2018

Great view of the bridge and water access. Highly recommend

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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.....

hiking
Monday, February 19, 2018

great out and back. fantastic views

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