Hiking in Golden Gate National Parks

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hiking at Muir Woods

For many of us, hiking the sprawling and spectacular trail system at Golden Gate is how we experience the parks and encounter their many wonders. More than just a line through the woods or a swath across a bluff, trails are where we can marvel at nature, learn about culture, and understand history.

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Dias Ridge Trail
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A great hike for a morning that starts off steep and rewards the hiker with an easy wander back to a lovely lunch at The Pelican Inn, meanwhile taking in the incredible views of Muir Beach and the ocean. A long-time favorite destination for recreation users, Dias Ridge is named...
Panoramic Trail meets the Canopy View Trail at this rock
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Skip the crowds at Muir Woods , and explore the Redwood Creek watershed from Mount Tamalpais State Park. Begin the hike at the north end of the Mountain Home Inn parking lot and head down Camp Alice Eastwood fire road. A short distance down the road, take the Troop 80...
Dias Ridge Trail
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Descend along a gorgeous new multi-use trail. From Panoramic Hwy you start out at 700' and drop down to sea level at Muir Beach with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean for most of the trip while passing over 20,000 newly planted native plants and grasses. The coastal breezes and...
Hikers pause to enjoy the beauty of the Bootjack Trail
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This climb up the steep slopes of Mt. Tam reveals beautiful vistas of the Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. The redwoods of Muir Woods gradually give way to Douglas fir, bay laurel, and tanoak as the trail wends upward. From the Bootjack Campground, established in the early 1920s, continue...
View over Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
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Ditch the summer fog in San Francisco for the sunny peaks of our Golden Gate National Parks in Marin County. Have some fun in the sun on this moderate eight-mile hike and finish it off with a frothy pint at the local "English" inn! Along the way, you'll see newly...
Hikers pause to enjoy the beauty of the Bootjack Trail
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Leaving from the immensely popular Muir Woods National Monument , this hike is a good example of the hikers “rule-of-halves.” This rule states that the number of hikers on a trail decreases by half every half mile. While the math may not be exact, the corollary that the density decreases...
Visitor Strolling Through MacArthur Meadow
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The hike begins with a natural spring, which is eventually fed by two joining creeks. The waters then flow north to Crissy Marsh through a variety of habitats where native plants, birds, and other wildlife thrive, and ultimately join the bay and ocean. For centuries, people have used this creek...
Bridge in Muir Woods Forest
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Explore Muir Woods as a completely flat loop or venture up the hillside on to trails less traveled for more of a workout! See a map of all hiking trails in the Woods here. Distance: Varied Time: 1-3 hours Level: Easy to moderate, can either do a flat loop, or...
View of Rodeo Beach
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Marvel at the beauty of the Marin Headlands on this moderate hike! There isn't any shade for the duration of the hike, so make sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. Print out the map or download on your phone as service is not reliable. Distance: 4.5 miles Time: 3...
California newt
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This mellow hike was a joy in spring: wildflowers everywhere, great views, no fog. We chose the hiker-only trails where we could, but bike routes cover similar ground. The views offshore on a clear day are amazing, and the highlight was seeing a pond full of California newts in a...
Overlooking Stinson Beach
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Enjoy the lush green hills and wildflowers of Spring on this fun one-way hike to Stinson Beach, with a Marin Stagecoach bus ride back. You can find a detailed map here . Distance: 4 miles one-way Time: 2 hours one-way, plus the time it takes for the Stagecoach bus to...
Tennessee Valley trail
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Tucked in the Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley opens a clear plain to the ocean through the scrub and grasses. A small creek cuts through the valley to a tiny beach. The Tennessee Valley trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Miwok Livery Stables, located just south of the parking...

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