Explore the most popular walking trails near Muir Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great way to take in the magnificent coastal scenery while getting some good exercise. Beware the final descent into Pirates Cove is steep and more of a series of rough gullies than a trail. Plenty of flowers and birds to enjoy along the way. Marred only by the occasional idiot returning from the beach with his boom box on full blast.

Nice hike to Muir beach but it not for me cause I like to hike the peaks

19 days ago

Parking is a moderately difficult when the weather is nice, but great trail. Beautiful views and even though the rocks at the end are a little challenging the beach is a great reward.

hiking
21 days ago

Lovely hike!! It was about 85 degrees and sunny with a mild breeze the day we went, so it was pretty much perfect. We did the trail clockwise so we could get the initial 1.5 mile uphill out of the way and then do the coastal half last with its rolling hills and delicious scenery. The second half does have uphills, so be prepared :) Also, there is NO SHADE anywhere along the trail, wear sunblock and/or stay covered.

Easy beautiful trail to a cove on the beach. My favorite to go place if I don’t want to travel very far.

hiking
1 month ago

It is a very lovely trail. I have done this trail several times in July - August. Great weather and great views. Its bit of a hill with a grand end at a lovely cliff enclosed beach.

hiking
1 month ago

- My 7 and 10 years old kids enjoyed this hike, especially the adventurous rocky descent to pirate cove beach and climbing back up! This is what makes this trail fun and unique!
- Perfect distance (1.8 miles, from Muir beach) to Pirate cove for a morning snack, then back to Muir beach for a picnic lunch! (3.6 miles total)
- We took the flight of stairs, as a shortcut from Muir beach to the coastal trail and down to Muir beach, on the way back.
- Beautiful scenic views, saw two bunnies, and a snake!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively short but lovely hike, especially on a non-foggy day when walking towards the beach and looking between the two hills that form the "Canyon". I always enjoy that view whenever I'm on this trail.

Great hike! Got to see a bit of Muir Beach, Dipsea, Mt. Tam, Steep Ravine.

Love it. Easy and beautiful. I uploaded some drone footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tx-NJojqss

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike ending with a beautiful, Californian, cliffside beach.

hiking
2 months ago

Going down to the cove at the end is a bit challenging with the rocks, but it’s well worth it at the end

Easy walk along mostly paved trail with breathtaking scenery at every step and turn making the windy day a worthy one! Beautiful on a 60 degree day with lots of mist and wind. Saw a salamander walking along the path! Watch out for our little amphibian friends! “California orange belly newts!”

walking
3 months ago

The path is mostly paved so it’s more of a walk than a hike! But beautiful views and we went on a warm day so the beach was so comfortable

This was a good trail with a stroller. The kids (5 and 3 years old) had a lot of fun finding beautiful pebbles in a streamlet near the ocean. They are excited to go back!

Just finished the hike. Decent kickstart to my hiking season. The inclines gave me a good workout. The trail itself is pretty exposed. The wind was pretty brutal today, but grateful for it because it would've been very hot if not for the wind. There is no shade at all. The coastal views were nice.

on Pirate's Cove

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty nice hike, nice views, especially at sunset

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy. Good spot for picnic or big group of friends. Gorgeous little beach at the end. Parking is easy even on the weekend.

trail running
5 months ago

Great family hike. Fun beach at the end for kids to splash in the puddles

**note no dogs allowed

Challenging uphills will tire those legs but the beautiful views are 100% worth it

Beautiful view!

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views very nice 1.5 hour hike
Lots of going up and down good trails

Make sure you go up to the lookout point at the end. It is worth it!

Busy during weekends but nice views.

Awesome views. No traffic on first section whilst Highway 1 is being repaired. Easy elevation change stretched over the distance, except for the bottom of Dipsea. Nice mix of Fern Gully vibes and exposed coastal hills. Lots of water stops on the way round- really nice way to experience this spot on Mount Tam

this is the starter trail for anyone looking for a super easy hike to a small beach front.

Great hike with two different opportunities to spend time in the beach. The trail gets confusing at the end on the Middle Green section because that section of the trail has been moved and you have to go around a farm and then through a farm. Don't fret!

Load More