Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach

HARD 78 reviews

Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach is a 11.7 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.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3113 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

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.

1 day ago

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

3 days 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.

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

Unbelievable views!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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.

4 months ago

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

5 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

hiking
5 months ago

Muir Beach Coastal Trail to Pirates Cove

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Great views, moderate hike

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

backpacking
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.

hiking
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.

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