Gold Hill Grade to Nike Missile Site

San Rafael, California

4.0/5
based on 1 reviews

Details

Distance

4.37 miles

Elevation Gain

988 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by The Outbound Collective

The Gold Hill Grade to Nike Missile Site trail in San Rafael, California, is a moderately challenging hike. The trail spans approximately 4.37 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of about 988 feet. The path is well-maintained and marked, making it suitable for hikers of varying skill levels. The trail offers a variety of natural features. Hikers will pass through oak woodlands and chaparral, with views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay. The trail also features a unique rock formation known as the "Turtle Rock". The hike culminates at the historic Nike Missile Site, a Cold War-era defense installation. The site is open for self-guided tours, providing a unique historical element to the hike. Parking is available at the trailhead, and dogs are allowed on the trail if kept on a leash. Hikers are advised to bring water and wear sturdy shoes. The trail can be steep and uneven in places, so caution is advised.
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Features

Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Gold Hill Grade to Nike Missile Site Reviews

This is a really pleasant little hike with a pretty gradual ascent throughout. There is also some nice tree coverage along the trail to help during hotter days. The trail turns into an access road near the top (about 2/3 of the way into the hike), which is less ideal, but still nice. At the top of the ridge, you have views of both the bay and Mt Tam. The trail is also popular with mountain bikers, so keep an eye out. Dogs are allowed on leash.

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