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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 72%History Buffs
- 68%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Local Culture
- 59%Budget Travelers
- 55%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (30)
- Marin HeadlandsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 22, 2014
There is so much beauty within the Bay Area and the Marin Headlands is one of my favourites. And I continue to be amazed on how quickly one can be "Into the Wild" for the front door of the house.
I especially like the route where I take the one-way in turn tunnel towards Rodeo Beach and then leave via the Point Bonita Lighthouse and the various military installations. There's also a Visitor Center near the intersection of Field Road and Bunker Road about a mile from Rodeo Beach and a lot of hiking in between. One picture perfect spot is overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge as the fog pours in. And if you're so inclined walk past the gate and down the hill to Kirby Cove for a water-side view.
And now today's Historical Footnote:
In the 18th century, Spanish and Mexican ranchers occupied the Headlands, eventually giving way to Portuguese immigrant dairy farmers (often from the Azores) during the American period following the U.S. acquisition of California in the Mexican-American War.
The Marin Headlands is the site of a number of historic military fortifications, including Fort Cronkite, Fort Barry, a large number of bunkers and batteries, and the SF-88 Nike Missile silo. From the 1890s, the first military installations were built to prevent hostile ships from entering San Francisco Bay. During World War II Batteries Wallace, Townsley, and 129 on Hawk Hill were built into the hills to protect them from aerial bombardment and the high caliber shells that would be fired by Axis battleships. The emplacements at the top of Hawk Hill were used for a radio station. During the Cold War, the gun batteries were decommissioned, but antiaircraft missile sites were built on the northern and southern sides of Rodeo Lagoon. Radar sites were placed atop Hawk Hill and Hill 88. At several locations, shelters were built into the hillsides to protect the military personnel from the use of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. Everything has now been decommissioned and are in various states of preservation.
- Marin HeadlandsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jan 18, 2014
One of the most stunning hikes in the bay area but also one of the toughest time I had. The hike was only moderate but I was in terrible condition. Underdressed, hungry (forgot my snack pack) and still under influence of a cold. Don't make the same mistake. Dress warmly as it could get quite foggy and chilly out there even when the weather forecast says sunny and warm.
I did the 6 miles Gerbode Valley Loop and it was rewarding. The trails was beautiful even though visibility was low because of the fog. If you like flowers don't miss the spring time when everything is blooming in full force. Very limited parking spots at this particular trail head but fortunately it wasn't too crowded early in the day. Stop by the visitor center to pick up a map and use the facilities before you head out.
- Marin HeadlandsJan 18, 2014
After living in San Francisco for a few years, I understand that while public transportation in the city was great, you needed a car if you wanted to find some decent hiking spots outside of the city. The Marin Headlands, however, are an exception to this rule. You can get to some great hiking paths in the Headlands by bus, and the views are absolutely worth the trip. Stunning!
- Marin HeadlandsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 21, 2013
Though it gets but a small fraction of the visitors that mob nearby Muir Woods and Stinson Beach, the sand, windswept hills, and rocky cliffs at Marin Headlands more than merit their own visit. With excellent hiking, good surfing (go early in the mornings), and an interesting Cold War-era nuclear missile base scattered along a strip of coast beyond a long, long one-way tunnel, it's a locals-only spot in many ways. In the mornings, you're likely to have it almost entirely to yourself.
- Marin HeadlandsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Jan 18, 2014
When I'm away from home, it is the Headlands (and my cat) that I miss most. This was my sanctuary. The hiking here is excellent whether you're looking for a short walk or an all day hike there are so many options and each one has something special to offer. Sunny days or foggy afternoons - it doesn't matter, it's all so ridiculously beautiful.
- Marin HeadlandsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 18, 2014
This is one of the most romantic spots in the Bay Area. Come here in the late afternoon to get a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the city in the background.Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Marin HeadlandsFeb 15, 2013
The Marin Headlands is a gorgeous spot to gaze longingly at San Francisco- and grab a few spectacular photos while you are at it! I love the dichotomy of how this little bit of nature (with a few old military bits) gazes out at a happily bustling city.
Tip: drive all the way to the top of the headlands before you park and get out. There is usually more parking there and the view is all encompassing.
- Marin HeadlandsJan 04, 2013
The Marin Headlands should be on the "must visit" list of San Francisco. Just north of the city in Marin, it's easy to get to by crossing the Golden Gate bridge. You can just drive in and stop at the many spots along the road to take in the view, or enjoy other activities like road biking, mountain biking, hiking, running, or going to the beach. It's a big place with lots of things to explore.