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    Top Spots in and near Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    • Sausalito, California

      Slacker Hill

      5.0
      1.02 mi / 344 ft gain
      Although the Headlands can be crowded, particularly at the parking-lot chaos of the Vista Point and pull-offs along Conzelman Road, the three routes leading to the summit of Slacker Hill remain relatively quiet, even during busy weekends. Each can be tied into larger loops throughout the Headland...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Ninja Loop

      9.37 mi / 1831 ft gain
      This loop can start from several different locations, including Rodeo Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot. Starting from the GGB will add 2 more miles onto this run. I like to start at the Coastal Trailhead parking lot off of McCullough and Conzelman Roads (just a notch down from Hawk Hi...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Marin Headlands Trail Loop

      10.5 mi / 1990 ft gain
      This trail starts at the Coastal Trail in Marin Headlands Park, where there's a small parking lot and outhouse bathroom off the circle when coming from Conzelman Road.Take the Coastal Trail until you intersect with Bunker Road (you can even turn right and spit off the trail just before intersecti...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Hawk Hill

      5.0
      0.76 mi / 144 ft gain
      If you're leaving from SF, head over the bridge and exit onto Alexander Ave. Make the immediate left under the overpass and you'll be on the road to Hawk Hill. There's a parking area just below the gate leading up to Hawk Hill. From the parking lot you can walk west about ten yards along the outs...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Black Sands Beach

      5.0
      0.54 mi / 285 ft gain
      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....
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Camp at Kirby Cove

      4.5
      Yes, you can camp just over the Golden Gate! Kirby Cove Campground has 4 overnight campsites and 1 picnic area for day use. The campground is set near a coarse-sand beach and offers amazing views of the Golden Gate, as long as it’s not a super foggy SF day. From the parking lot, it's a steep ~1 m...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Rodeo Cove to Point Bonita Lighthouse

      5.0
      3.64 mi / 568 ft gain
      If you're looking for a little hike and a lot of beach, you'll find your ideal combo at Rodeo Beach and Point Bonita Lighthouse. Park at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at the head of the 0.8 mile trail to the beach. From the lighthouse to the beach, it will be another 1.5-2 miles there and ba...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Kirby Cove

      4.7
      2 mi
      This scenic hike is a 1.8 mile out-and-back trail located near Sausalito, CA. From the trail and beach, you'll get scenic of the Golden Gate, San Francisco's skyline, and glimpses of the East Bay. The best news, there's rarely any crowd. Consider packing a blanket and a small picnic. With panora...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Miwok, Marincello and Bobcat Trail

      8.17 mi / 1391 ft gain
      Miwok, Marincello and Bobcat Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Sausalito, California.
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    • Sausalito, California

      Vista Golden Gate

      4.3
      The headlands offer great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, particularly at Vista Golden Gate. You can make the Vista Viewpoint your 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 ...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Battery Spencer

      4.0
      0.47 mi / 46 ft gain
      This is a very popular spot to hike up to from Conzelman Road. You can find parking in the lot or on the street and do the quick hike up to Battery Spencer. You can get a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge and SF from the Marin side of the Bay. This is a unique perspective as you also get the...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Headlands Ride to Point Bonita Lighthouse

      4.3
      The Headlands are a quick ride over the Golden Gate. On the ride, you'll see wildflowers, rugged coastline, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse. Once you cross the bridge, take Conzelman Rd up ~700 feet to Hawk Hill. From here, continue on to the lighthouse. On the return trip, head back on Conzelman...
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    • Sausalito, California

      Catch the Sunset at Swedes Beach

      This is a small tucked away beach in Sausalito, CA.  Being in the bay, it has very calm waters and is easy to swim in, though the water will be very cold.  There are pilings in the water that are remnants of the old piers.  It is a great beach to watch the sunset at. There is very limited street...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Explore WWII Ruins on Point Bonita

      4.3
      0.25 mi / 200 ft gain
      All throughout the Marin Headlands are WWII-era bunkers, batteries and ruins, including a complex on the hillside above the Point Bonita Lighthouse that provide amazing views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, and the north coast.Drive out to the parking lot for the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Rodeo Beach

      5.0
      Rodeo beach is 10 minute drive past the Golden Gate. Pack up the car with a couple beverages and something to eat, then spend the afternoon and evening taking in the sunset. If you're taking the romantic angle, remember to pack a few blankets just in case the wind picks up or it's colder than ant...
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    • Mill Valley, California

      Hill 88 Loop

      4.0
      5.5 mi / 1086 ft gain
      This quick, yet challenging trail run is located just minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Grab your dog (on-leash), park in the large lot next to Rodeo Beach and hit the trail! The climb starts up the Coastal Trail to the right end of the parking lot if you're staring at the beach. Take the...
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    Camping and Lodging in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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