Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach

HARD 85 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.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,438 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.

26 days ago

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.

2 months ago

Lots of steep uphill but the scenery is worth it

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3 months ago

Challenging but fun, great views.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Beautiful coastal hike. Two ups and downs - the downs a bit tricky with small loose rocks

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3 months ago

Long hike that goes along the coast. Gets crowded by noon. Was foggy the entire time I hiked, so no views, but I could see how it would be gorgeous on a clear day.

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4 months ago

Nice variety, lots of scenic vistas. There are lots of parking lots along the trail, so there are constantly a lot of people doing shorter hikes and carrying things to the beach. At times it was one step away from waiting in line to pass the steep parts. A lot of the hikers were unprepared for steep sandy slopes so dealing with people half-falling down the downhills was also a negative for me.

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6 months ago

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

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6 months 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.

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6 months ago

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

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6 months 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.

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7 months 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.

7 months 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!

7 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!

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7 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.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

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11 months ago

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

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11 months ago

Unbelievable views!!!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

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

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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