Marin Headlands is just a few minutes drive north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate bridge a vast open hilly land with miles of interconnected trails. It is also the home of the California Native American Miwok Tribe.
During the 1890’s military settlements like Fort Cronkhite were built. Also a series of batteries were installed along the coast to as a form of defense from enemy ships from entering San Francisco Bay.
Today Marin headlands is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Center (GGNRC).
HOW TO GET HERE
- Address: 948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965
- Marin Headlands visitor center is located on the Intersection of Field and Bunker Road
- Driving Directions: From San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, take the Alexander Avenue exit 442. Turn left on Bunker Road. Turn Left on Field Rd. Visitor Center will be on the right side of the road.
- Parking: Free Parking on Marin Headlands Visitor Center
- Public Transport: San Francisco Muni Line 76. Check www.sfmuni.com for bus schedule.
- No Permits are required for day hikes.
- No Dog Fees.
- Fido can be off leash on Rodeo Beach and on leash on some part of the trail.
- Starting Elevation: 48 ft
- Highest Elevation: 963 ft:
- Total trail length: 5.7 Miles
- Total Elevation Change: +1097 ft / -1093 ft
- Trail Type: Loop (Mix of dirt and paved trail)
- Nice to visit anytime of the year ( better on sunny days )
- Bring snack. Nearest convenience store that i know is in Sausalito CA
- Marin Headlands Visitor Center is open year round from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- Park is open from sunrise to sunset