Hiking in Golden Gate National Parks

Ideas for specific hikes

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.

Tennessee Valley trail
  • Hikes
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...
Habitat restoration volunteers work on Alta Ridge
  • Hikes
Within the blissfully remote Marin Headlands , Tennessee Valley has become a prime destination spot for casual hikers, bikers, and riders. Down the valley, mountainous sentinels stand guard over a tiny idyllic beach and a sensational framed view of the Pacific. But to experience the lonesome solidarity that nature can...
Aerial view of the former Mill Valley Air Force Station atop West Peak
  • Birding
For a look at the old Air Force station, start at the Mountain Theater overflow lot and cross Ridgecrest to start on the Rock Spring-Lagunitas Fire Road. Continue to Potrero Meadow and on to Rifle Camp. From there, cross the dry creek to the Arturo Trail and hike up to...

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