Hiking Through the Marin Headlands

Vista Viewpoint

Spectacular city views. Get your amazing shot of the at sunrise or sunset Golden Gate. Hang out with the famous Karl the Fog and hike around.

The headlands offer great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can make the Vista Viewpoint you're starting off point to leave your car or if you're riding, just stop in and enjoy the view. This spot allows you to capture views of the Golden Gate as well as Angel Islands, and the East Bay.

If you want to get other great viewpoints, I recommend Battery Spencer and Hawk Hill. Hawk Hill provides you with stunning views as the sun rises in the East Bay and the rays pierce through the Golden Gate. At Hawk Hill, you can either casually drive up to the parking area or stretch your legs and hike up the hill to the highest viewpoint.

Battery Spencer is a little more trafficked especially during the summer months. This spot has an overlook next to the parking lot as well as a couple benches if you want to relax and take in the view. To get to Battery Spencer, you can try to snag one of the limited parking spaces or just take a quick hike. Also, if you head past Battery Spencer, you'll find more accessible overlooks, which also have parking spots and benches.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food
  • Camera
  • Layers...the fog will probably roll in!
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

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Lots To Explore

I got to the park just before sunrise, which gave me an incredible morning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city. When I hit the coastal trail, I had the majority of the morning to myself. There are small, off-the-beaten-path side trails that allow you to follow the coast all the way until Tennessee Valley Beach. As I walked along, I came across plenty of wildlife (rabbits, falcons, and coyotes) making for a diverse trip. The old army outposts give hikers great vantage points, and the wide trails visibly marked. All around great views of both the city and the shoreline.


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