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Black Sands Beach

Sausalito, California

based on 4 reviews



0.54 miles

Elevation Gain

285 ft

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Black Sands is a relatively secluded black sand beach just minutes north of San Francisco. Enjoy sweeping views of the Bay Area coastline and SF.

Black Sand Beach is a beautiful, mile-long stretch of black sand just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. On a sunny day, it’s best to try and arrive in the morning, as the parking lot can fill up quickly. To get down to the beach, you’ll need to hike for about 5 minutes down 250 or so wooden steps. You’ll feel it in your legs on the return trip to the car, so keep that in mind when considering how elaborate you want to make your picnic (tip: don’t plan on taking a big cooler).

Once you’re down on the beach, spread out your picnic blanket, relax, and explore the shoreline, where you'll also be able to see Sutro Tower and Baker Beach in San Francisco. Because of the hike-in nature of this spot, it tends to be much less crowded than other beaches in the area. Please note, this is technically a “clothing optional” beach, but most of the nudists hang out on the south end. Regardless, be prepared to see a naked body or two.

This parking lot can be a bit tricky to find, but it's directly off of Conzelman Road, past Hawk Hill, and down the hill along the coast. There will be a dirt parking lot on your left. Look for Upper Fishermans trail signage.

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Black Sands Beach Reviews

From the parking lot above this is a very easy hike down. When I did this hike I actually started at Rodeo Beach to add some mileage. The beach was a little dirty with debri, not sure if it was from people picnicking or from the ocean. Don’t tire yourself out too much on the beach because you’ll have to hike up at some point.

First time here back in May 2017. It was a short walk down the hill. When we went it was cooler so make sure to dress in layers

Easy hike with a great view of the bridge while on the beach.

can anyone tell me if this is a dog friendly beach

Perfect place for a mini hike & picnic!

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