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Muir Beach to Tennessee Beach Loop is a 8.4 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 1,876 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
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Please note you can bring your dog on a leash all the way to the cut off to Tennessee Valley but there you have to turn around. Excellent loop hike beginning at Muir Beach and taking in Tennessee Beach and Pirate's Cove. When done right, this hike has it all: wildlife, views (of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, and rugged stretches of Pacific Coast), beaches, etc. Much more interesting than doing the more typical out and back from Muir Beach to Tennessee Beach along the Coastal Trail. If you start in mid-morning, Tennessee Beach makes for a great picnic spot.

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Giridhar Raman
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No shade. But steep hills, good workout. Avoid hike on hot days, but if you do, get a lot of water.

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Elizabeth Coles
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Foggy & tranquil even on the kickass hills!

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AllTrails User
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Not smokey!!! The trail was groomed, wide, and not heavily trafficked in morning. Plenty of parking at Muir beach at 9 am. More people showed up on the trail after 12. No shade, wear a hat. Go early to get cool marine layer. I wore shorts and tankini top and never got cold. The climb keeps you warm. Go clockwise so you get the steep incline out of the way and end your walk along the coast. We saw sweet peas and other wild flowers, and Quail near Tennessee Beach. The small pebbly rock beach at Tennessee Beach was interesting. I took my poles but didn’t use them. People were mindful to put their masks on as they approached. People brought their dogs some were on leashes some were not. There were mountain bikers, joggers, and groups of hikers.

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Joju Mangalam
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HikingGreat!

Great loop hike and you get two beaches. I give four stars because landscape is similar throughout.

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Delasa A
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HikingGreat!No shade

This trail is super beautiful with great scenery. We started at 9am and parking lot was almost vacant. We did the trail clockwise so the biggest incline was at the beginning. As other people said, we passed through a farm house and opened two gates, so wipes are necessary to have. After that there’s that steep incline. First we spent sometime at Tennessee beach and walked passed the rocks on the left side which were filled with great wavy colorful rocks! Unbelievable! Then we headed to the pirates cove and we climbed down to the beach. On our way back we saw three whales which were very small from far distance but bringing a binoculars would have been a great idea! We loved the trail overall and people were very mindful and all had masks on! Highly recommend this trail!

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Alexis Reid
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No shade

This hike has it all! A beautiful Zen farm, horses, cliff walk, two beaches. There is no shade, which isn't a problem on a foggy day - we were actually cold for most of the hike, so bring layers. Covid notes: bring hand sanitizer, as you have to open gates a couple of times, and the Tennessee Valley section of the trail is pretty busy and lots of people are not wearing masks. Once you are away from the beaches, there is a lot more solitude. And if you want a more private beach than Muir or Tennessee, you can climb down to Pirates Cove, which is filled with debris, but we had it to ourselves. I'd recommend doing the trail clockwise, so the biggest uphill is at the beginning. Parking at Muir Beach is packed, but there was plenty of space at the Redwood Creek trailhead, which is super close.

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Michael Baer
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Weather changes frequently in a “summer” morning, so wear layers. Lots of up and downs. Please note you can bring your dog on a leash all the way to the cut off to Tennessee Valley but there you have to turn around. Beautiful wild flowers and breathtaking views.

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Tammy Suess
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I’m not sure I’d rate this as a moderate hike with the inclines. If you’re looking for a hike with a lot of inclines and declines, I recommend this one. Beautiful views of the ocean. The second hill is a little tough, as it goes straight up without much leveling off. Also you will go through gates that look like it may be private property. After going through the gate, there’s a huge garden that you’ll go through, then you’ll go out of the gate. Make sure you have wipes or hand sanitizer, you’ll want to use it after touching the gates.

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Conway Yao
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Little shade -- bring sunscreen. This hike climbs up, and then drops down to sea level, three times. Arrive early to snag parking at Muir Beach on the weekends.

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Breeanna Meunier
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HikingNo shade

My favorite trail in the Bay Area. Challenging hike for beginners but breathtaking views are well worth it!! You start up a tough hill right off the bat, then it flattens out a bit, then up some stairs that feel like forever up to flattened out area, and finally down through a zen farm. Love, love, love this hike!

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Chantalle D
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Description says reported closed. As of June 19 it’s not. Gorgeous trail and parking lot. Horses and wild plums and berries at the bottom

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Gidget Miller
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Stumbled upon this by accident when stopping to check out the beach area for pictures. Was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous views after hiking the trail for a bit. Sat on the cliffs edge for a bit to take it all in.

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Mike DeFeyter
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HikingNo shade
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Liz Smirnov
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Beautiful hike with great views from the top. Slight inclines and some steep declines. There are multiple trail branches however, so if you can then download this map to do this exact hike. At the first fork for hikes - going R will lead you up to a map that is helpful; if you go L at the first fork you’re either relying on a downloaded map or you’re leaving it up to chance.

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Beth Pollak
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Beautiful hike on a sunny Sunday ! Trail well maintained. Bathroom at the start and near Tennessee Beach. Minimal shade, stunning views !

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Cynthia Coronado
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Finally got it done! So rewarding. spectacular views, beautiful weather, a lot of people this time. It starts off on incline, and then goes down some. Do go down to Pirates Cove. Great little spot to take a break and eat something. But then know that you'll be going up for a while. Worth it!

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Kevin Sullivan
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Awesome hike. Cool views of the ocean, a few views of the city. We walked all through the Zen center which is cool and worth checking out. Also found a shortcut connecting Green Gulch Trail and Coastal Fire road. Tennessee Beach is cool, and the battery was fun to check out. We didn't go all the way down to Pirate's Cove as the tide seemed to be high and it was a very steep descent. Maybe another time. The Coastal Trail has great views of the cliffs and ocean the whole way which is awesome. This loop is more difficult than I anticipated because the hills are pretty big. Didn't see much wildlife, but saw a coyote on the road on the drive back.

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Yessika Woo
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HikingClosedNo shadeOff trailPrivate property
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Georganne Thompson
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Тони Урбан
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amazing! very nice and chill hike, though it you feel a bit tired afterwards :) views are stunning and beach is gorgeous. we've seen some deers as well that was a pleasant surprise

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Monica Reimold
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HikingNo shade

Wow, this hike has it all! I started early when there was still fog which made the ascent early on quite pleasant, and by the time I reached the top it was a beautiful sunny day. The trail is well marked, wide and easy to hike with just a few scrambly parts. I went on a Wednesday and had the trail almost to myself. I highly recommend doing the Tennessee Beach viewpoint, great place to stop for lunch with an epic view. Lots of bunnies, quail, snakes and spotted a heron. This is a truly spectacular 5-star hike and my new SF favorite. I clocked 10 miles total.

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Ying Jia
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

Beautiful trail with great ocean views and wildflowers all over in early July!! Even saw 2 snakes in the bushes! We ended up cutting through the old fire road to go straight towards the water for time reasons, that part was a bit busy. But we loved that throughout the first half of the hike, we barely saw anyone else. Definitely coming back.

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Pa Vang
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

This hike was beautiful and breathtaking but difficult because I had my 8 yr old with me. I wouldn’t suggest bringing kids. It’s not kid friendly as there are lots of rocky and slippery incline and decline trails. You’re climbing up and down and sometimes it feels like forever. Not for beginners for sure. Had to cut the hike short and head back. Use the coaster fire trail for an easy hike back and loop around to Muir beach. Or else you’ll go back through the steep hills from prirate cove back to Muir beach if you turn around. BRING extra clothes. It gets colder in certain places as you climb and obviously the higher you go because we were in some fog while higher up and then it got hotter as we climbed down. Bring a good hat with a neck flap because there’s no shade and it gets hot and you’ll suffer from bad sunburns. I got me and my son an outdoor research sun runner cap from OR at REI and it was light weight, breathable and had the neck flap that was adjustable so it protected from cold wind at times and protected the face when it got hot. Omg a great buy and so glad I brought it to this hike with us. So come prepared with sunscreen, hat, extra clothes, snacks and water. I had a heavy backpack for food and clothes and was prepared for me and my son. We had a picnic right after prirate cove’s hike but we didn’t go all the way down to the cove it is extremely steep and I would not have been able to climb it back with the little one. But we got as close as possible. We took the stairs up to Tennessee beach and right after the stairs and steep climb up we stopped and had a picnic to recharge. There’s a nice green area you can use to have a picnic all the way up the stairs before coaster fire trail / fox trail and Tennessee beach trail split. Don’t go with small children! Overall a great hike. I’ll be back to complete Muir beach to Tennessee beach hike.

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