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Marin Headlands Loop Trail- Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, Bonita Lighthouse

MODERATE 14 reviews

Marin Headlands Loop Trail- Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, Bonita Lighthouse is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.8 miles
1673 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

trail running


whitewater kayaking



wild flowers


Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area The Marin Headlands are intoxicating and sobering. The hills north of San Francisco are peppered with relics of America's wars, so in the same afternoon you might see wonderful examples of waves crashing amid grim reminders of nations clashing. The Headlands are a section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. Park Service. Because the San Francisco Bay is essential to West Cost commerce, the narrow entrance to the bay spanned by the Golden Gate bridge has been, historically, armed to the teeth. Things reached a lethal peak During the Cold War era, when nuclear-tipped Nike anti-aircraft missiles were installed at the Headlands. These and a host of decaying gun emplacements are out of commission, but history buffs can tour them all. There's far more for nature buffs, though: breakers on the beaches, eye-popping vistas from the cliffs, explosions of wildflowers in spring, seasonal migrations of raptors and other avians, miles of trails for hikers, and twisting, challenging hills for road cyclists. Finally, it's a shutterbug's delight: jagged coastline and pervasive fog create unforgettable images that practically take themselves -- just about any camera can yield picture-postcard results.

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Great first 4 miles- beautiful views. Last 3 mile leg of this route is a little ridiculous. There really isn't a trail all the way through and you will be walking through a lot of parking lots. At one point you are walking through the YMCA property grounds and playgrounds just to stay on track- really bizarre ending to the hike.

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3 months ago

Great trail with magnificent views. Off leash option was definitely a bonus for Bella

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5 months ago

Take the long way around up the right hand side if Gerbode. Easier grade

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6 months ago

One of my favorites ever for a clear day. Not difficult, and views on views!