Rodeo Valley Loop

MODERATE 28 reviews

Rodeo Valley Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

Explore the Coastal Headlands on the Rodeo Valley Loop. Enjoy glimpses of the Golden Gate and Pacific Ocean. This is a great area to look for soaring raptors, and other bird species. Take the Rodeo Valley Trail to the Bobcat Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is a good, semi-challenging trail. Just the right length for a morning hike.

If you go to the coordinates that AllTrails provide for the trailhead, they are WRONG. Go past where it says to go (you'll see horse stables on the left, go just past those). You'll see a parkingj lot on the right hand side (if you're headed west) almost directly across from the horse stables. Park there and start your journey! There's a restroom at the parking lot which is nice.

The first couple of miles are mostly uphill-- a pretty steady incline, but nothing too steep. Then when you turn right onto the SCA trail from Rodeo Valley Trail, the trail gets fairly narrow, so just be careful. There's a fork in the road where the SCA trail turns into the Coastal trail to the left and the Slacker trail to right ACCORDING TO THE SIGN. The AllTrails map shows that if you stay right, you'll be on the Coastal trail, but the sign at the fork says differently-- it shows the Coastal trail only going down to the left (down some stairs). It shows Slacker trail to the right (not Coastal). TAKE SLACKER TRAIL. That is really the one you want to go on. We made the mistake of going left and ended up going part way down the wrong trail and had to hike back up.

You'll eventually see a sign that shows the way up Slacker Hill (which is marked as Slacker trail on the map). We didn't go up because it was too foggy for a good view.

When you finally get down to Bunker Rd, toward the end, cross Bunker Rd, but go left and continue walking down the side of the road until you get to Smith trail. The Map shows two trails that connect back to Rodeo Valley Trail, but that is INCORRECT. One of the trails is so overgrown it's impassable, and the other one simply does not exist. So again, when you get to Bunker Rd, cross at the crosswalk, and then just walk down the side of the road to Smith trail to get back to the parking lot.

Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this trail counterclockwise-3 miles uphill then 2 miles down. Very foggy and windy on the day I hiked. 99% of the loop is open with no shade so an overcast day is best for this hike. Took 2 hours to complete.

hiking
9 months ago

we started the walk at the roundabout near colzeman rd. There are public toilets at this point but warning, the smell is enough to knock you out. From here we walked into the trail heading west. Once we hit Bunker road the trail as marked on the map failed, it appears as though a local farmer has blocked the path with large mounds of soil or compost. We diverted North joining the Smith trail, then went east joining the rodeo trail to get back on track. From this point until the loop turns into the SCA trail and meets Wolfback ridge trail, it's pretty much straight up for a very long way. The views are worth it though. We saw numerous large birds of prey coasting on the thermals. Spectacular. We took an unmarked trail down to Sausilito where the Wolfback ridge road diverges from the SCA trail through some gorgeous eucalyptus forest - note this part was a bit hairy and narrow. From here we got the ferry back to SFO. Highly recommend this trip

mountain biking
10 months ago

Although the description above includes Mountain Biking as an activity for the Rodeo Valley Loop, some portions of the trail are marked "No Bikes" and portions of it will require most people to walk their bikes (eg, up or down steps). The reward for that is some stretches of beautiful single track - such as along the SCA trail.on the northern part of the loop. Rodeo Valley Trail from SCA downhill to Bunker Road was also marked No Bikes, but not sure why - it's an easy fire road. Watch out for ruts from all the rain, though!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike. Lots of parking near the start of the trail. Only passed a couple of people on the trail.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The rodeo trail portion is a wide dirt road with a steady moderate uphill grade. It is well traveled by horses and dogs - beware their leavings. The views from the top are excellent and the single track portion of the loop is lovely. Next time we'll opt for a longer loop that sticks to single tracks. The trail is well drained, excellent for rainy and foggy weather hiking.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stunning views! Very steep in some sections.

walking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This was my first hike in Marin Headlands (don't count my two amblings to the Point Bonita lighthouse). I took Bobcat Trail up and (Upper) Ridge Valley down. Bobcat Trail is definitely the more scenic gorgeous view of the G Valley as you ascend to the top. Next time, I will definitely loop left through the valley on my descend. However, if short on time, definitely worth it to descend on Ridge Valley path. Flatter and quick easy descend but you will not get getting the sweeping stellar views of the G. Valley.

trail running
Sunday, January 17, 2016

I don't see it indicated on the map (?) but I want to make a comment about the Miwok-Bobcat Loop Trail. If you start at the Rodeo Beach area Warehouse, just across the bridge, and hike/run either way up Miwok or Bobcat or vice versa, the distance covered is very close to 6.03 miles. Measured with a wheel a number of times from the gate. That's following the fire road for the entire route. I've been running that trail since 1982.

hiking
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I only did Rodeo valley trail's first 2.5 miles ascending to 1000 ft. My favorite part is Rodeo valley, as it's very quiet, full of vegetation and wild animals. Ocean views is afar, meaningful but not over the top. It's a must do for anyone without much time on hand but still want a quiet getaway and get in the sun, that is, if you are in San Francisco bay area.

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