Tennessee Beach via Fox, Coastal and Lower Tennessee Valley Trail Loop

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Tennessee Beach via Fox, Coastal and Lower Tennessee Valley Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile heavily 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.

Length5.5 miElevation gain925 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Please do not feed the wildlife and if a coyote approaches- yell, wave your arms, and chase it away. This is a great route that offers beautiful views of the ocean and the rolling hills of the Tennessee Valley. A great place for trail running and a short mountain biking loop with some steep inclines and declines. This place is a chaparral habitat for bands of roaming coyotes and home to bobcats and deer. It can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise. You cannot avoid the steep hills anyway. But the views are worth it!

Park at the Tennessee Valley Staging Area

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Sonam Tobgay
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RunningGreat!

Perfect for trail running and hiking. Busy trail. Limited parking anytime of year. No shades.

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Kristina Alvarez
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Great trail, downhill has loose gravel, be sure to wear shoes with good traction and don’t let your toes slip forward.

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Allison . Hyman
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This trail has some great views of the ocean and you can even see part of San Francisco from the top. I would recommend doing it counter clockwise since it gets all of the uphill done at once. I also recommend taking the lower Tennessee Valley trail when you get closer to Tennessee Beach if you want a break from uphill/ downhill. lots of mountain bikers/ trail runners on the trail. id also recommend getting there early as the parking lot was already almost full by 745am. the parking lot also has lots of steep dips and holes so be aware. overall great trail on a clear winter day.

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Diana Rios
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You can’t go wrong with this one! I’ve taken many people on it and it’s long but definitely rewarding

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Monica Almendarez
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Sonia Eliseo
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Loved this hike, nice to get all the uphill out of the way (counter clockwise), then a nice reward at the beach. Plenty of bathrooms. Road is somewhat rocky, so have to be careful going downhill. Our 5 year old did great.

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Gregor Clark
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Hiking

Tennessee Valley part beautiful, return via Fox Trail too long and steep, shared by mountain bikers.

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Jared Bogaard
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kathleen korth
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Great Sunday Hike. Get there early for best parking

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Lauren Funi
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Went up the Fox trail to the Pirates Cove trailhead and it was a steep climb. The rest of the way down to Tennessee Beach was easy, quiet and serene. Handful of people, most wearing masks. Should have hiked down to pirates cove, just took in the beautiful views.

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James Kim
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Pavitra Kansara
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One of the best hiker near to San Francisco which overlooks the ocean and at the same time makes you feel secluded.

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Mari Villa
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Tennessee Valley feels like the overlooked sibling hidden between the Muir Woods watershed and the Rodeo Beach Watershed. It is Chaparral habitat for bands of roaming coyotes and home to bobcats and deer. Many cute California Quail live here, as well as Turkey Vultures and other Birds of Prey. For decades this was home base for students in the tuition-free Bay Area summer program Aim High who camped at Haypress Camp. Students who were lucky enough got to coordinate one or two group howls at night and hear the Coyote yip back. Great hiking, but better still when you have stewarded the land and consider it a home away from home.

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Syl C
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Got here after 3:30 on a Sunday. Plenty of parking. Beautiful ocean view from the top. Sunset at the beach was amazing! Will try the larger loop next time when we have more times.

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Hyam Fayed
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Shayan Saeed
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Crowded but kinda dry without any good views. Tennessee Beach was the only nice thing about this hike but all the incline and decline was kinda pointless.

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Amy Zhang
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HikingNo shade

Super big wind blows the sand high. Hardly enjoy the beautiful view. Not comfortable.

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Richard Scandone
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Beautiful saundering amongst the rolling hills. Many opportunities for done wonderful photos.

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Matthew Mahood
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1/1/19 - an amazingly beautiful day for a New Years Day hike! This loop has some steep inclines and declines - but very doable for all ages so long your in decent health.

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Karen Ayotte
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Went counterclockwise which is a pretty hard up to start the trail. But then the rest is a steady and easier downhill. Seemed to be the less popular direction, but very glad I got the harder part done up front. Gorgeous views, windy. Layers recommended. Many options for side hikes like to Pirate Cove. Great moderate bordering on hard hike!

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Vijay Sondhi
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great hike, muddy due to rains, gets crowded so go early

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Kimmy Haines
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Great trail, however I wish to do it again on a weekday because it was too crowded the closer you got to Tenessee Beach. There are various off shoots along the upper part of the hill that are much more scenic and beautiful in my opinion. Perfect hiking weather early April

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Sam Klemens
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The Fox Trail section was quite steep. After that our side trip to Pirate's Cove Beach was too much of an incline for us!

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James Jensen
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Great hike.

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Kimberly Price
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Sonny Moon
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Nicholas Leither
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