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SCA, Bobcat and Julian Trail is a 8.6 mile loop trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,528 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers No dogs
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This is a beautiful route in the Coastal Headlands and it's very popular among runners. This area makes you feel completely removed from civilization, even though you are so close to San Francisco. This loop has some of the most breathtaking vistas in the state. Bring your camera and plenty of water. Start at the North Tower Golden Gate parking lot. Follow a small part of the Coastal trail, then cross Conzelman Rd. towards the SCA trail. You'll zigzag up SCA trail, where you'll see incredible views of the city, the ocean and the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, until you reach Alta Trail. From Alta Trail, turn left towards Bobcat Trail, and you'll start to descend a fun, wide and long downhill. At the bottom of the hill, turn left towards Rodeo Valley Trail, then cross the Bunker Rd towards Julian Trail. Follow Julian Trail until you reach the SCA trail again, on a nice descent towards the parking lot where you started. This trail is especially wonderful in spring, where you can see spectacular wildflowers along this route.

Start at the turnoff on Bunker Rd.

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Rajitha Prakruthi
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Stacey Speer
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I enjoyed this hike, but can imagine on a sunnier day (it was pretty foggy today), it could get very hot as it is almost entirely uncovered.

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Julia Tang
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Really nice weekend hike, we parked at the H Dana Bower Rest Area around 9am on a Sunday morning and there were plenty of spots, as well as a pedestrian underpass to get the trailhead under 101. At 9am there were also several spots left in the trailhead parking lot, so good to know for next time. On a clear day, this trail has awesome views, although it did get a bit hot in the canyon areas. We did the loop counterclockwise, and at the Julian trailhead parking lot, we crossed at the roundabout and walked down Conzelman road for views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean, which was a great choice, since there's a nice gravel path along the side of Conzelman, and we did a quick side trip to the Golden Gate Vista Point and Battery Spencer, where the views were beautiful, although windy. Overall a great day hike, moderately crowded but not too bad, most people are being respectful and wearing masks, but definitely watch out for trail runners and bikers. This would be a 5 star hike if it included more ocean views, which we got for ourselves by going down Conzelman instead of Slacker and Coastal Trail.

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Lyle Wilson
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Hiking

Great hike. I saw a coyote about 3 miles in going counter clockwise I love this hike one of my favorites.

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Katharine Eves
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Love this trail, good for families

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Evelyn Soares
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Hiking

Great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city, but the rest was a pretty boring hike. It’s a good exercise for the weekend and nice if you’re visiting the city.

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Kelvin Quan
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Overall, the hike is beautiful that has a short climb in the beginning whether you stray as I did by hiking alongside Conzelman Road - or you stay with the trail by crossing Conzelman and pick up the trail across the street. Either way gets you to the same next stage of the hike. When you get past the circle in the road, you’ll pass on the restrooms and hike for about a mile+ with an easy decline. Ultimately this will take you down to a road where you’ll turn left, cross the street and turn in opposite the horse stables. In about quarter mile, you reach a T where you’ll turn left. Shortly after that you’ll hike for about 2+ miles over a steady incline until you get to the last third of the hike and follow the ridge overlooking Sausalito. I hiked a bit further and had lunch sitting on the only bench on the trail overlooking both Sausalito and Angel Island. I hiked in mid-July which is considered summer everywhere else but San Francisco and the Marin Headlands. Throughout my hike, the temp was 50-55ish with lots of fog and wind. Nothwithstanding, I recommend the hike and neighboring trails for the classic Marin Headlands experience. The views are breathtaking to locals and visitors alike!

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Hung Bui
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Fun trail, not super difficult, get an early start, when the sun is out it gets pretty hot, there's no shady spots on the trail. I started at 10am and got a little tan. I went counter clockwise, uphill at the beginning, pretty easy inbetween and then uphill again for the finale.

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Ashlee Tran
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Definitely not hard! Some short stints of steepness toward the beginning and end but otherwise pretty moderate. Nice views all around but no coverage FYI. Well marked, wide path that you’ll need to share with many mountain bikers on a nice day!

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David Lopez
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Abdelrahman Asal
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Melinda Gonzalez
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Gorgeous views!

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Tony Ort
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Great trail to run!

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Valer Merenyi
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Hiking

Great hike, I actually enlarged the loop a bit going further west.

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Squirrel Sciuridae
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Running

The flowers are blooming!

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M L
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Hiking

Great SF Bay , GG Bridge, SF Downtown, valley views. Well maintained trails, not much shade overall. Strong wind at Costal SCA junction. NOTE: near SW corner of the loop, the connection between Rodeo Valley and Coastal Trail as shown on this map, is not passable. We back tracked to Smith Trail and walked on Bunker Rd eastward to pick up Costal Trail on Bunker Rd.

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Devin Bertsch
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Great views. First leg is killer but otherwise great hike.

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Liz Biz
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Crazy rain and fog today but beautiful views I'm sure. Steep climbs! Good trail run on the way back down.

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Jonathan Sifuentes-Winter
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This trail has some of the best views of the Bay Area.

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Ashlyn Sloane
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Carl Cortez
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Diana Shortsleeves
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Rohit Sridhar
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Dana Cotter
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Annalisa David
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Judy T.
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Juan Garcia
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Lester Martini
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Thomas Morlock
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