Explore the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

San Francisco Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Added by Gordon Li

A spectacular oasis of tidal life tucked away next in a quiet residential neighborhood less than 30 minutes away from San Francisco.

Located beside a residential neighborhood, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve offers a rare glimpse of life in the northern California intertidal zones. There are parking spaces and restrooms available, as well as ranger-led guided tours.

Be sure to check the tide charts and go during low tide (preferably 1 foot or less). During elephant seal mating season, much of the beach is blocked off to protect the marine mammals. Plan ahead to ensure the best experience!

Pack List

  • Jacket, as strong winds can pick up suddenly
  • Camera
  • Beach towel
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1 Miles



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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3 months ago

This was a lot of fun. There were tons of seals and the JDs really enjoyed exploring the tide pools. Be sure to wear proper foot wear as the rocks are quite slippery.

3 months ago

Added by Gordon Li

Exploring the world, one hike at a time.
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