Rodeo Beach Coastal Trail Loop

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Rodeo Beach Coastal Trail Loop is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sausalito, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 954 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

Note: Rodeo beach and the road to get there (Bunker Rd) are currently closed related to COVID-19. Instead users report that you can park at “Coastal Trail Parking and Restroom” off of McCullough Road and hike down Coastal Trail then walked along Bunker Road to get to the Rodeo Beach trailhead. This will ADD another 3 miles to the trail. The coastal Trail follow the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Great views for sunsets, remember a camera for this picturesque hike. Take the Coastal trail to the Miwok trail for unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean and Rodeo Beach. Although steep, this hike is worth the effort.

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closed
23 days ago

CLOSED FOR COVID. the road u need to drive to get to the trail is blocked off due to covid 19.

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no shade
1 month ago

Rodeo beach and the road to get there (Bunker Rd) are currently closed related to COVID-19. Instead I parked at “Coastal Trail Parking and Restroom” off of McCullough Road and hiked down Coastal Trail then walked along Bunker Road to get to the Rodeo Beach trailhead. This adds about another 3 miles, but easy and well worth it to get to the trail, just watch out for mountain bikers! The views along Rodeo Beach Coastal Trail Loop are INCREDIBLE! Very well managed trail and hardly anyone there. No shade so bring your sunscreen!

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2 months ago

When a trail includes views of the ocean, I'm hooked! The stairs are tough but worth the effort to get that view at the top. Check out the historic bunkers for a nice break. my least favorite portion of the trail is the last third. In descent, you join the wide fire road that is used by bikes and sometimes they aren't so great at announcing they will be passing you. Stay to the right and you'll be fine. I do enjoy the final mile or so through the below-sea-level wetland space. the temperatures drop slightly (and have your big spray ready) there is mostly no shade on this trail and there are some steep portions with loose rocks. I love my hiking poles as added support for those moments.

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3 months ago

Steep but good

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3 months ago

Beautiful! Crisp airs hits you in the face like a bat but you’ll love it. The worst part is going up the stairs but it’s not that bad if you take your time. I suck at most things but I was able to do this!

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rocky
3 months ago

Well-maintained loop trail with variety of coastal and inland valley views. Lots of hikers, runners, and bikers use the trail, along with dogs (on leash). Not much shade, but the proximity to the coast keeps you cool. Parking is free and plentiful on weekends before noon.

Perfect day hike with stunning beach views and a nice amount of elevation gain to get your blood flowing. I love the military history and continuing to the nike missile site is a must!

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3 months ago

Great views all the way around. Somewhat busy on a Saturday, lots of traffic when we were leaving (around 3:00).

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3 months ago

Trail is in good shape today

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rocky
3 months ago

According to my Husbands Apple Watch, this trail is a lot longer than 4.8 miles. We weren’t able to finish the whole thing because we had young kids with us but what we climbed ( about half of the trail) was a beautiful hike with views of the ocean most of the way. I enjoyed going in February because it wasn’t hot and some of the wild flowers were blooming. There were a lot of WW2 structures to explore. In the beginning of the hike it was all uphill. There were stairs and railings in some areas and some parts were rocky areas of dirt or actual roads. Walking through Rodeo beach was nice. We took our dog with us and everyone that had a dog was leashed on trail but at the beach most were off leash. In the lower areas there were lots of people on trails but in the higher areas there were fewer people committed. I would definitely come back next time with my older kids to do the whole thing and bring a hat next time. It’s a great place to see sunsets!

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no shade
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Gorgeous views, very dog friendly. Go early for less crowds and less traffic getting there.

Great hike to take with the dog, great views of the ocean and the city and the old military installation. It was a perfect day for a Valentine’s Day hike

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no shade
3 months ago

Awesome hike. Good incline at the beginning, all downhill towards the end. My dog loved it too.

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muddy
no shade
4 months ago

Amazing views. Enough dogs and people to be a great place to take your pup for socialization. Not hard to find parking. About 70% of the route is on fire roads.

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rocky
4 months ago

Wonderful hike with gorgeous views.

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muddy
no shade
off trail
4 months ago

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4 months ago

I much prefer hiking this route in a counter-clockwise direction. The first mille or so is flat and a good warm up for some pretty steep climbs. Hill 88 is a must see. On this day, we were able to see the farallon islands. A great spot to enjoy a packed lunch. From here, the remainder of this route is mostly down hill. There are nice facilities in the Rodeo beach parking lot. The condition of this trail was very good.

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4 months ago

Good trail w nice loop. 1st half was lovely with views. 2nd half (miwok trail) not as impressive, shaded and chilly, no views and last bit is along the road. Bathrooms at trailhead but not elsewhere.

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rocky
5 months ago

Great hike to kick off the new year!

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rocky
5 months ago

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muddy
5 months ago

Great trail, especially when the sun is shining and you get 360 degree views from the top. Take the slight detour up Hill 88 for an even better view.

Perfect sunny day in the bay. Trip was warm with a cool breeze. We could actually see the farallon islands which are 27 miles away from the top of Hill 88. Easy hike if you walk slow and moderate if you hike quickly.

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