Rodeo Valley Loop and Slacker Hill

moderate 149 reviews

Rodeo Valley Loop and Slacker Hill is a 6 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 accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,112 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This loop has a slow, meandering (and downhill) start, but it is worth it for the crescendo of views towards the end of the trail, with an expansive view from the East Bay to Alcatraz, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Lunch atop Slacker Hill is a must. Dogs are allowed on parts of this trail, but not on the entire loop.

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and mellow, just keep your eyes open for bike folks but otherwise a pretty calm walk around the canyon. Bring an extra layer, it gets windy.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! We started the hike at the north most point, parked at Spencer Avenue off 101 in Sausalito which is .5 miles up to the loop. From Spencer, we took the stairs and switchbacks up Morning Sun Trail, took a left on Alta Trail which connects you right to SCA where we went left then did the whole loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with amazing views. Would recommend for out of town visitors to get have lunch and take in the bay on Slacker Hill.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

mountain biking
muddy
2 months ago

Loved it, amazing hidden view

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views of the city! Parts of the trail were very hot though with little shade.

Great loop to stop mid way and take in the views of the whole Bay Area!

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blowdown
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Cloudy, windy

hiking
bugs
washed out
8 months ago

F

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect hiking for solo. If the sky is clear you can see the city, the bridge, Sausalito and the ocean. Very windy, and no shades at all. With extra offroad loops it takes about 2,5hours.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Parts of this loop are marked no dogs so we had to modify it.

hiking
Tue Nov 06 2018

Good for solo hike

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

Great two hour hike with incredible views of the bay at the top. Took a detour to check out the houses on Wolfback Ridge, and another to take in the stellar view at the little cutoff in the middle of the SCA trail. Don’t miss that one! Note that the map is wrong, there’s no Julian Trail from Bunker Road to Rodeo Valley Trail. Looks like it never even existed either.

hiking
Mon Jun 11 2018

My favorite hike in this area, just breathtaking views.

running
Sat Apr 28 2018

Very few people. A little more flattened gravel path than small trail than I hoped. Just rained past few days, the running streams along the trail sound beautiful. Uphills are nice and challenging to run continuously.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

Actually 5 stars. But I had to take one star for the wrong description in this app. We walked clockwise the red line and after maybe one or one and a half mile the trail ends. There were huge plastic covered dirt hills overgrown. So we decided to walk further as adventure and found the path again. You better walk after coming down to that one house don’t walk right like the trail line said. Walk straight left, across the street to a gravel road and try to find the way across the little creek. Behind that creek the trail is fine. Another point: dogs are not allowed on the entire loop trail. Only the first two miles and the last. Do. We walked as outlaws the entire loop with them. But we wouldn’t have chosen that trail if we had known. Lucky us, the views were great.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

Nice hike and eventual views of The Bay Area. Would do again. WARNING: we arrived at 9:30am to the small parking and saw two break ins, broken glass on the ground. Sign clearly says break ins occur often, so leave nothing of value in your car. I think that also goes for arriving early, as plenty of bikers and hikers were around that parking lot all day (as far as we arrived and then left). We parked and felt confident enough with all the folk around, the area was busy. This was also a Saturday.

Sun Apr 08 2018

Absolutely amazing.

hiking
Sun Apr 01 2018

Amazing experience hiking here. We took the clock wise route - Beautiful mountains, ocean and part of the Golden Gate Bridge towards the end. Overall it took us about 2.5 hours to complete the hike. Definitely recommended!

Sat Mar 17 2018

Hiked clockwise, 5.4 miles, 1 hr 52 min.

Tue Dec 26 2017

This is a gorgeous hike! I recommend going clockwise on the trail (left from parking lot) so you end with the big pay off of the amazing views.

hiking
Fri Dec 22 2017

hiking
Fri Dec 15 2017

Parked at the small parking lot near the roundabout just off Conzulmen Road. Hiked clockwise downhill to Bunker Road. After crossing Bunker Road the trail is blocked. It is necessary to walk west on Bunker Road for a hundred yards +/-. Turn right on Smith Trail then right on Rodeo Valley Trail and then the map is accurate from that point on. Trail goes uphill for 1.5 miles at a moderate climb, the joins the SCA Trail, then the Coastal Trail, then back to the starting point. Good hike with easy access from Hwy 101.

hiking
Sun Dec 03 2017

I did this hike on 12/2/2017. Parked at the traffic circle at Conzulmen and McCullough, and started the trail clockwise. Note that the map is not 100% correct. I crossed Bunker Road per the red line in the map, but the trail as indicated on the map was blocked by large piles of dirt. I guess they're closing that part of the trail and/or doing trail maintenance. So I walked along Bunker road for about a block, then made a right onto Smith Trail, which then connects to the Rodeo Valley Trail. So you don't make the same mistake as me, just stay straight on the Coastal trail until you get to Bunker Road, then make a left onto Bunker road (there's a trail on the right side of the road you can walk on), then make a right onto Smith Trail. The map is correct from there on out. The trail was peaceful and gradually sloped upwards after crossing Bunker road. You then get to the ridge that has excellent views and options to walk up short offshoots to various viewpoints. It was very beautiful!

hiking
Sat Aug 19 2017

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.

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