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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.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Camping Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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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.

Parking at the Battery Spencer parking area (can be crowded at times). Access road (open only to authorized vehicles). Pit toilets, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and fire rings are available, but there's no water for drinking and hygiene. More info here: http://www.recreation.gov/unifSearchResults.do (Kirby Campground). Kirby Cove Campground & Picnic Area Open April 1 - October 31 Popular campground in the Marin Headlands, with views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, 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. Enjoy a wooded setting, seclusion and protected campsites which were recently restored for all to enjoy. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm

Golden Gate National Parks Building 201, Fort Mason San Francisco,CA 94123-0022 Marin Headlands Address: Conzelman Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965 Phone:(415) 331-1540 For campground reservations call 1-877-444-6777 or go online: http://www.recreation.gov. Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

Golden Gate NRA can be reached by Highways 1, 101 and 280 from the north and south San Francisco Bay Area, and by Highway 880 from the East Bay.

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Armida Isabelle Saspa
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Pretty

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Molly Lincoln
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All down hill in the beginning and uphill on the way back. An easy quick ride if needed but was looking for something a bit more challenging

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Yesenia G
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Amanda Medellin
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Did this today. Coming down was very simple. We even ventured off to climb higher. My 5 year old managed it by herself. Coming back up was another story. Slow and steady. My daughter kept needing breaks. The views are 100% worth the walk. The beach is rocky. Don't forget your sweaters.

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Cindy Boyatt
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Beautiful well maintained trail down to a hidden SF gem. Make sure to bring a sweatshirt - it gets really windy.

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R MC
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Beth Palacios
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Great views with a nice little cove/beach for the finish. We went early to beat the crowds and only shared the beach with about 4 other people, but the way back up we passed about 20 people coming down. I wanted to go for the swing I see in so many pictures, but it was cut down. Remember, what goes down must come back up! The incline coming up wasn’t too bad for my family or I, but thought it was worth mentioning just in case.

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Winston Weiss
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Super easy 1Miler each way. Great view of the GG bridge.

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Anand Vaidya
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Small, sweet trail down to a little cove. We got there early and shared the beach with a sandpiper. Lovely view of the city

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Nicole Raphael
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Never seen a trail like this. There were some dope buildings with graffiti and a beach at the bottom. There were swings too but I guess the fkin park rangers cut it off and now it looks like there were nooses there before.

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Arnoldo Gomez
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beautiful trail, gets to beach. awesome view of GG bridge. Get out and Hike!

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Lauren Eastwood
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Worth the trek down to get to the water and see the bridge. Beach area to hangout for a while before heading back up.

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Excellent trail. Reported as closed but it isn’t. We wanted to go to Julian trail but the roads were closed from where we wanted to go and the detour long. So we parked at the trailhead for coastal trail, hiked up coastal to Marin headlands, hiked down Kirby cove. It was very wide, started around 4pm, very light traffic, and at the end the beach was fantastic. Very few people there so felt safe. The view of GG bridge were great. I would call this easy trail. Worth going.

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Ian Michael
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Closed!

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Is the trail back open?

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Patrick Hanley
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Shane Tjin Wong Joe
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Keri Anne
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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.

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

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Alex Brown
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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.

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

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Kathleen Antt
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Great!!!

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Tejas Thakur
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Maria Dajani
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Fun little tide pools to play with at the end.

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

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NH Offroads
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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.

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