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Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked 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.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 3,438 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

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Beach

Views

Historic site

No dogs

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As of July 01, 2020, users have reported that the Pirates Cove trail is closed for maintenance, but you can take a brief detour on the Coastal Trail. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting. 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.

Parking is at Muir beach

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Nature Lover
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Hiking

Date: 07/12/20 Moving Time: 5:30 hours approximately (excludes lunch /snack and photo op breaks) Elevation recorded: 3590 ft including Hill 88; Distance Recorded: 12.70 miles. Parking: Easy before 8 a.m. Restroom at the start: Yes. Clean. Weather: Foggy in the beginning and warmer at the end. Trail conditions: Well defined - shaded in some areas. Mostly not shaded. Very few places are rocky and slippery but manageable and not dangerous. Nice gradient. Hiking Gear: Poles Recommended while descending to tackle those few rocky/slippery areas. Good hiking boots must. Views: Stellar coastal views through out. Beautiful flowers are in bloom. Hiker Traffic: Quite heavy near the Rodeo Beach. Lot of people start from Rodeo Beach and hike up to Hill 88 and back. Mask during COVID 19: Most of them wear masks and some don’t. Mask is a must since the trail is narrow and less than 6 ft in quite a few areas. The narrow portion is where you have bushes or plants on either side. The cliff areas are wide and very safe. Other: Hill 88 is a must visit slight detour - not mentioned in All trails route. Nice graffiti art. Golden Gate Bridge, Bay bridge and SF skyline are visible either clearly or as a silhouette depending on the fog conditions. Do not follow the loop in the beginning mentioned In the All trails map. Hiking is not permitted in the anti clockwise direction. Instead turn left and follow the clock wise direction out and back. Highly recommend this trail.

Anika Holland
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HikingNo shade

So gorgeous! Hiked this 7/1/20 through a delightful, patchy fog, which was welcome because otherwise there’s basically no shade. The pirates cove trail was closed for maintenance for the week, but taking the brief detour on the coastal trail was no problem. We skipped the last jaunt down to rodeo beach but did go up to Hill 88. All in all my tracker said 9.5 miles and around 2700 ft elevation gain. The intervals of up and down were nice and broke up the elevation gain. There were a handful of steep spots that were dicey going down. If you have trekking poles, they’d be handy here. The sweet pea flowers are in bloom right now and the last stretch we did up from Tennessee valley was like a goddamn Punnett square. Science is neat!

Sai Prabhakar
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

Only were able to go, because Muir Woods isn’t dog friendly (at the entrance) . Great secondary spot. Right by the shoreline, overlooking some great views. Lots of hills and rocky offshoots you can take to cliff sides. Then come back down and chill out at the beach after.

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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

great views! the second part of coast trail is rocky, has over grown bushes, narrow path, and a bit slippery BUT it is soo worth it! i definitely reccomend wearing hiking boots and carrying an extra pair of socks. My boots are water resistant but at the end of the hike my socks were a bit moist.

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Bree Lestari
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Decided to do this trail as an impromptu hike yesterday with a friend to start our 2020 hiking season. We started out making our way from the trailhead parking lot around 11am which is later than we normally do, but we made it. Got off-trek and had to trek back few times; so definitely need to download offline GPS for next time since most of the time there’s no reception. Weather was perfect. It was a challenging hike with some rocky trails and technical uphill/downhill along the way, but worth it. Hiking poles will definitely be tremendously helpful but we forgot to bring ours. The view of the coastline along the trek is amazing. Great work out overall.

Bri S.
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HikingMuddy

This was an incredible, challenging hike. There are stellar views the whole way. There are a few sections that are really muddy-- may be worth bringing poles if you have them although ok without. If you're coming from the city you can also start at Rodeo Beach and go to Muir and back for a slightly shorter drive.

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Colleen I.
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My GPS tracked it as 13 miles round trip. For us two 50+ ladies it was definitely challenging but we made it. There are some 1 1/2 mile long hills. Harder on the way out than on the way back.

Rob Van De Pette
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Running

Super fun, I would say moderate with very technical uphill and downhill sections. Go in the morning

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Jag Sandhu
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HikingNo shade

MAYBE 1/10th off the hike is hard, rest is easy to moderate. Decent views when you get to Rodeo beach.Took about 2hrs each way, although coming back from Rodeo beach seemed easier.

Prasad Shivanna
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Hiking

The whole trail goes along the coast, we went on a foggy day and the trail was beautiful. We went off trail a bit to the beach, different from the usual redwood hikes that I usually do. Light crowd on the trail.

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Chelsea Manning
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
Luis Adrian Mora
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
Sara W
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HikingNo shade

This is a good trail! I liked it for the coastal views, the view of Tennessee Valley, and the fact that there was a fog, which kept it cool and I thought added to the beauty. For context, I hike moderate to hard trails and average 8 miles/1700 elevation gain per hike. I abbreviated this route a bit because Tennessee Beach looked too pretty to pass up. I started at Muir Beach and hiked 1/2 mile past the trail head to go to Tennessee Beach, then turned around and decided to explore Tennessee Beach more rather than continue toward Rodeo. It was a nice option to give myself a break from the hills without sacrificing too much mileage (it's a little over a mile roundtrip from the trail intersection to the beach itself). That route that I described was 8.0 miles total and 2K feet, which is technically pretty normal for me, but because of the up/down, up/down quality felt more intense. The positive side: for the distance I went, I never experienced anything technically difficult—no need to scramble anywhere. On 4th of July this trail had moderate traffic, probably because of the intensity of the climbing. I would not take visitors on this trail who aren't used to or who don't enjoy hills. Note there isn't shade on this trail.

Lily Tang
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Hiking

This trail follows the coastline for most of the hike and descends into a valley before the final climb and descent to Rodeo Beach. The elevation gain is pretty strenuous (3000+ feet) and you gain and then lose everything you’ve gained 3 separate times one way. Usually I hate losing elevation after climbing, but I actually really enjoyed this hike because you get to rest on those interspersed downhills and it’s not like straight up until the highest point and then straight down. The photos speak for themselves: the coastal views are beautiful. However if you’re hiking this in the summer, dress for the cold. SF is known for its cloudy summers. Don’t be surprised if you do this hike and you‘re in thick fog the entire day. There’s no shade on this hike so cool foggy weather is quite enjoyable to hike in. The hike takes around 5-7 hours. The hike there took us almost 4 hours but back only 2.5 hours, so it can vary a lot depending on how leisurely you want to take it. Rodeo Beach is a great place to stop for a mid-hike lunch.

Lola Kushnir
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HikingRocky

Intense trail. Lots of ups and down hills with rocks. Lots of fun to run it

Tarik K
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Hiking

Reading the reviews before hike, I got four bottles of water and extra warm clothes. My bag snapped because of weight :) I understand this is not an easy hike but you can see ultra light runners in bikini tops running this trail with no water at all. So please read the reviews with a grain of salt. Climbing those hills was not fun on the way back but still I can say this is moderate and you can finish it in 4.5 hours with 2 liters of water like rushing or in 6 hours easy taking more breaks and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Occasionally you may see coyotes but they don’t stalk you at all. So they are harmless unless they come close. There are many people joining the trails so you are not alone at all on a weekend day. So relax and enjoy the hike.

Matt Ruza
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One of my fav hikes within an hour of San Francisco. It’s a good deal of elevation changes so prob deserves the hard rating. Great coastline views and you traverse some meadows.

Danielle DeCosta
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Lots of steep uphill but the scenery is worth it

Jason Pitzen
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Hiking

Challenging but fun, great views.

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great hike! it took us just under 6 hours to finish. we got there at 7 in the morning and finished just right before 1. it was tiring but the view is beautiful for when you want to rest! bring plenty of water and enjoy.

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