Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach

HARD 103 reviews

Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach is a 11.3 mile out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

11.3 miles
3,438 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running




no dogs

A beautiful trek along the Coastal Trail. Enjoy scenic views of the Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean. This incredibly beautiful hike, will lead you alongside the bluffs from Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach.

23 days ago

Great hike done a long time ago. It was done in the spring and was very cool and windy. Awesome...

25 days ago

Strenuous but so incredibly satisfying. There are some whale bones at Tennessee Beach. Pretty cool!

This is a very well maintained trail that has amazing views of the ocean. Take the Pirates Cove Trail if you like seeing the ocean.

Windy, so bring a windbreaker.

1 month ago

Very strenuous hike with beautiful views! Bring lots of water, a windbreaker, and high protein food.

1 month ago

Nice hike along the coast with beautiful ocean views. I started at Rodeo Beach, hiked up hill 88, through the Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach, to the Organic Farm, over to Tennessee Beach and then back to Rodeo Beach. 14 miles and 3,600 feet of elevation gain.

1 month ago

We hiked from Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach. This trail is definitely recommended for people who enjoy ocean views while getting some kick ass workout. It’s a hard hike but it feels wonderful afterward. Lots of going up and down interval along the trail.

1 month ago

This was an amazing hike! I definitely agree with the hard rating. My husband and I hiked the route starting at Rodeo Beach up to Muir Beach. Lots of Beach scenery and lots and lots of hills, including two very steep hills! We packed a lunch for the halfway point and ate before we returned. We also too 3 liter camelbacks of water each and pretty much killed it off. Layers of clothing is a must as well. The Beach is cool while part of the hike that is away from the beach is warmer, plus it heats up in the afternoon. I would definitely do this hike again!

2 months ago

Hiked this on Memorial Day - wow did we luck out with weather! Clearest day I've ever had on these trails. Great hike and the elevation is broken up across a few big hills throughout so it doesn't feel so bad. Be careful about sun protection and water as there is no shade at all on this trail. Also the part by Tennessee Valley is very overgrown with lots of poison oak so wear pants or be prepared to scrub your legs well after the hike. Worth the workout and the views!

2 months ago

Hiked this in April. Beautiful coast line, generally an up-and-down trail so no long continuous climbs but still a good trek.

5 months ago

Gorgeous hike along the coast. Healthy ups and downs - the downs were a bit steep and could be tricky with loose rocks.

5 months ago

Very easy trail to follow (coastal trail); very steep elevation! It’s 11-14 miles round trip, so you’ll need to start early (plan for ~6 hours), bring lots of water, sunscreen and snacks.

Awesome beach views, but can get windy.

Gave it 4/5 starts because my personal preference is for more mossy/woodsy and/or varied scenery and this is broad daylight and coastline the whole time.

5 months ago

Beautiful Views. Like many people have mentioned, bring a lot of water. There is not much shade on most of the trail.

6 months ago

Unbelievable views!!!

7 months ago

One of the most challenging yet amazing hike thus far! Bring more than 2L of water with you on any sunny day

8 months ago

Do you want a super challenging workout with spectacular views? This is it! One of the best, most difficult hikes in Marin. You will feel the burn! If you're pressed for time, start the hike from Tennessee Valley Trail to Coastal Trail to Muir Beach and back. You lose about 2 miles by eliminating the start from Rodeo Beach, but still a GREAT hike.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike!!!! Look carefully for signage. It’s very easy to get off route. Loved the views especially! Will do again!

11 months ago

Strenuous hike which i did from rodeo to muir beach. Requores to take lot of water as there is nk water available on either beaches. Beautiful scenic view from all over the hike. War era remains near rodeo beach are must see

11 months ago

Muir Beach Coastal Trail to Pirates Cove

Friday, August 04, 2017

Nice trail. Pretty hard with lots of steep ups and downs.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

This trail was awesome. Mostly along the beach for the first half (to Tennessee Valley), but from there the views are inland and the trial is steep! Be prepared to get right on it at the first ascent, as there is no easing into this trail.

The views are totally worth it. And I saw lots of whales!

If you really need the distance I think it's worth it to go all the way to Rodeo beach. If you are just wanted the stunning ocean views, then going to Tennessee Valley should be enough. The climb up and over to Rodeo was the most challenging part of the trail. There are small spots of shade, which I took advantage of, but mostly you are exposed.

The trail is very well maintained and makes for some good easy running.

Arrive early as parking can be difficult at Muir Beach.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great views, moderate hike

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great, challenging hike. Our dog loved it and was off leash for most of the trail. Hiked in August 2016 and it was expectedly foggy with lower visibility and windy on top of the crests. Make sure you pack layers

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Did the full out and back; good and challenging. Some very steep inclines with loose rocks so wear the right shoes/boots. Watch out for poison oak along the trail. Would hike again.

Friday, March 10, 2017

I hiked this trail fairly slowly because I was taking photos (great hike for bird and wildlife watching - I saw rabbits, turkey vultures, lizards, two types of hummingbirds among many other birds, the list goes on) and only got to Tennessee cove by my turnaround point, but I highly recommend it! Very little shade from the sun if any, so wear sunscreen and bring shades.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Did this hike yesterday (a Sat) wearing 36# pack for training. It's was a gorgeous crisp sunny day and the views were incredible. Exposed and open, a nice change from the wooded trails of Tam. Very challenging with the weighted pack. The only downside was it was a very busy trail, especially towards the Rodeo end.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I just wanted to add that despite what is listed here, dogs are NOT ALLOWED at Point Reyes National Seashore on any of the trails with minor exceptions. Exceptions include Bolinas Ridge Trail and North and South Point Reyes Beaches.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Awesome trail! They truly mean hard! Some very steep inclines!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful views. Check out the hill area before descending down to Rodeo beach. Old concrete structures with graffiti and great views of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and SF downtown.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beautiful hike with our dog but it was difficult one! I would recommend this hike! Remember to wear layers as it can get pretty windy depending on which side of the mountain you're on.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I only completed part of this trail, but it was amazing. Great views of the coast, and the city! Gorgeous area!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This is a beautiful dog-friendly hike that is surrounded by the pacific. Lots of uphill/downhill, and hard on the knees coming down. We brought a packed lunch and ate at the top, it was gorgeous. You can see the golden-gate, and I heard you can hike to it, (9+miles out). Super sunny with little shade, so do not forget your sunscreen. Several group members were sun-burnt. Definitely nothing else better than relaxing at the beach afterwards with a fire and some much deserved booze. :) 4-stars because it was pretty crowded. Lots of tourists.

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