Marin Headlands – Marin, CA

April 6, 2016

San Francisco is known as the “Fog City,” so taking a hike across the Golden Gate requires action on those special sunny days that pop up every so often. We’ve always wanted to check out the trails just beyond the Golden Gate in the Marin Headlands. When we were hit with a heatwave 90 degree day, we decided this was our perfect opportunity to make the trek up to the Marin Headlands.

We packed up our CRV with the two dogs and baby Eleanor and hit the road. We crossed the iconic Golden Gate and took the first exit. As we began to wind up the mountain we were rewarded with some beautiful views of the bridge.


Marin Headlands: hike details

We parked at Rodeo Beach. There was warm breeze as soon as we got out of the car, so unusual for the north bay.


There is a fire road entrance at one end of the parking lot near the bathrooms. This is where we began our adventure.

The beginning of the trail is paved and stroller friendly. As you wind up the mountain there are beautiful views of the ocean below.



You can follow the fire road up to a couple of WW2 bunkers that housed M1888 12″ guns.


After only about a mile up – we encountered several stairs that were obviously not stroller friendly, so we had to turn around. I’ll be honest I was a bit bummed that we couldn’t go further. It was such a beautiful clear day, the view would have been amazing atop Hill 88. But I must remind myself, we can only do so much with a 3 month old baby! There will be time for getting back into our more strenuous hikes in the future.


This was as far as we got – still amazing!


It was SO windy. Eleanor got a little bit spooked by the sound of the wind.


Once we got back down to the beginning of the trail we took a side trail off along the cliffs. The short trail winded along the cliff and ended in an open bluff where decided to stop and soak in the view for a bit.


Always be prepared for a doggie water break and a nature diaper change!



It was a happy warm day for all involved.

A beautiful place to hang out on a sunny spring day

If it weren’t for the beautiful weather, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this hike considering it got cut so short. Since it is not stroller friendly, I will need to consider coming back once Eleanor is big enough for the back pack. That being said, I don’t know if I would come back to this particular trail even then. There are many more north bay trails I’d like to explore. However, if you have a dog and live in San Francisco it may be worth the short drive on a sunny day.


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