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This was a tougher hike than we expected for a coastal trail! You would think because it’s so long that the elevation gain would be fairly evenly dispersed throughout the hike, making it a leisurely but long coastal walk, but it’s surprisingly steep in some sections. We went last weekend and it was very sunny and warm- there’s no shade along this trail too so keep that in mind. The scenery can also be a little dull once you’re on mile 7 or so. Overall was a good challenge with nice views and Muir Beach is a great resting point for midway through this hike!

Loved this hike! Easy parking and the trail is well marked. I went counter clockwise and on the way back from Muir beach there was a lot of up. Just when I thought I was going to die it was downhill. Awesome views the whole time. Definitely will be going back after the smoke clears!

Amazing views especially by sunset.

Quite an easy trail area with plenty of beautiful scenery and shaded parts for cooling down. Due to its proximity to the Pacific, the peaks can be very windy but refreshing so hold on to your hats when you reach any open high altitude areas. Some parts of the area allow pets, however this one DOES NOT ALLOW PETS.

Great hike. I did it on a foggy day and couldn’t see the sun at all, but it was still a great hike. The terrain is pretty steep at times, which makes it a great workout. Get good shoes. I’d do it again on a sunny day to get good views.

Stunning hike with beautiful views. The hills are brutal— make sure you’re wearing shoes with traction. And bring sunscreen.

The views! I recommend to anyone visiting the area to make one of these trails a must. This was very different than hiking in New England and so glad I had the chance. So cool to hike coastal trails like this. For me this was just about 10.5 mi total as I hiked in from Tam Jct. and didn’t take the detour to the beach. Little did I realize I could have added Rhubarb trail instead of the TN Valley rd. Mostly solid footing and a few challenging sections that get your heart pumping. Next time I will start later in the day to give the fog more time to clear out for even better views.

Nice trial. I prefer the one that starts at Muir beach but this one is a bit easier. I saw a deer towards the end.

Great hike and beautiful views! Beware of rattlesnakes though, there was one on the trail that wasn’t happy about us walking there.

Great Hike, lot’s of up. Pretty at the top. Didn’t realize the entire thing wasn’t dog friendly. Not many people.

The hike was easy yet enjoyable, and the views were great. Packed a wind jacket for this and it was a blessing to have.

Loved this trail, I just completed it today. By far one of the most scenic routes and had amazing views. The hills were a bit of a struggle but it was all worth it in the end.

Great hike. Rattlesnake crossed the path!

What a cool hike! Fun, challenging terrain with some amazing views of the coastline. We did this as a point-to-point from the Tenessee Valley trailhead to the Pelican Inn (which is pretty amazing in-and-of itself). Strong recommendation.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty hard to believe this trail is a short drive from downtown San Francisco. If you're looking for a hike with some good elevation, wildlife, views of the city and the ocean, this is your trail. The route makes its way along Pirates Cove offering incredible views of the rock cliffs. The best part - you can grab a cold one at Pelican Inn right off Shoreline Highway (CA 1) or hang out at Muir Beach. Those interested in a one-way hike (or if you get too comfortable at Pelican Inn) can easily catch a ride back to the parking lot in Tennessee Valley.

Solid hike. Nice views and has a good mix up up hill and downhill

GREAT QUICK HIKE THAT PROVIDES A GOOD WORKOUT WITH AMAZING VIEWS! We started in maricello trailhead and it was uphill for about 45 minutes. It was tough but totally worth it! We were the only hikers on the trail and had a private picnic at the top with beautiful views of the city, ocean and the bay. The last part of the trail was completely down hill and a good cool-down.

great views of sutro tower, the city, marin, muir beach and some gorgeous coastal cliffs.

One of the better hikes in Marin. It's good hard work but well worth it as there are some great views and much of the hike has a great vibe. Lots of birds - i suppose that it's spring and the chicks have hatched. Definitely heard plenty of little chirp chirp sounds.

Good track, and incredible views, particularly on a sunny day. Some of the views are displayed in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slkEDAQakE0

Trail is open (Jan15).
Good loop. Busy for first 1.2 miles and then very quiet. Steep climb. Beautiful views.

Gorgeous hike! Nice challenge but not prohibitively so. Great views of rodeo beach, sf and Marin.

Loved trail. Perfect way to start the new year w this hike on 1/1/18. We started at Tennessee Valley Road to Fox trail and back around coastal trail. VERY NICE, except it would have been much better to have followed coastal trail and back around to Fox trail. Next time for sure. Recorded and it came up to 9.4 miles w 987’ ascent.

Great hike, definitely not dog friendly though :(

The direction here will take you to a wrong address which is the other side of the mountain where DOG IS NOT ALLOWED. If you want to do the loop where dog is allowed you will have to go to Marine Headlands Visitor Center. The lady rangers here were nice enough to let us know and gave us the right direction but the guy ranger was rude even after we let him know the lady already let us know that dog is not allowed in our way out.

Awesome trail with great views

Trail not clearly marked so beware. We took Miwok first and first 1/2 hour is uphill climb. Reach top one sign stating "Old Springs Trail". Go to the right and another sign "Miwok Trail". Dont take this trail just keep going. You wont know what trail your on because its not marked but you are actually on Old Springs Trail. At bottom another sign states "Tennessee Valley Trailhead/Old Springs" this is actually trail to Marincello Trail on the AllTrails map. Take this trail and you will follow until you see Horse Ranch. Then youre done! Alltrails map not very acurrate so just follow your instinct. Gorgeous hike, tons of flowers, views second portion, wildlife (deer, snakes! birds). LOVED it.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Thought I would die going up the hill (clockwise)...

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Get there early on a weekend for parking. Great 360 degree views.

Strenuous hike with some great views.

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