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Marin Headlands

948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965-2608
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  • 63%
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  • 62%
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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    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.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014

    This is a great place to hike and explore, just across the bay from San Francisco. The scenery is beautiful, the ocean views are photo worthy, and you can easily spend some hours here.

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  • Marin Headlands

    With multiple lookouts, this area offers spectacular views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco in the background.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    Lots of people go to the car park at the end of Golden Gate bridge for photo opportunities but I think the view from Marin Headlands is much more unique. It also makes a great scenic drive. Lots of viewpoints to stop at (If you can't find parking, drive on...there are lots more view points as you go up the road). Drive all the way down the one-way road and it would take you on a scenic route towards the lighthouse, past some WWII bunkers. Remember to get out of the car, soak in the views and breathe the fresh sea air.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    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.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    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.

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    A short hike will take you to the abandoned ruins of post WWII military. Also, be sure to check out the Nike Missile Base.

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  • Marin Headlands

    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!

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    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.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    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.

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  • Marin Headlands

    Beautiful views . Great overview of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. In a clear day you can see Berkeley, Oakland and Mt. Diablo as well.

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  • Marin Headlands

    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.

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  • Marin Headlands

    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.

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  • Marin Headlands

    I've been to Marin Headlands multiple times but it takes my breath away every time. My friend took me there a couple of times for trail run and it was just fantastic. Mile after mile of ups and downs, but the view that comes with them are just beyond gorgeous.

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  • Marin Headlands

    I went backpacking here a couple times when I was training for a bigger trip, and found it easy to access and beautiful. Also, empty: neither time I was there were there any other campers (that was in early spring). We hiked into a trail camp but I think there is a place to car camp as well, or at least a place to park and only walk a short way to camp. The park does not allow fires, because it gets pretty blustery windy up on those grassy hills.

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  • Marin Headlands

    For outdoors so close to the city, it's really surprising to me how little tourist visit this part of town. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, about 2 exits out. It is filled with hiking trails, birds, wildlife, beaches, and a gorgeous view of the city. Totally worth the 15 minute drive across.

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    Breathtakingly beautiful coastal scenery at the doorstep of one of America's most important big cities. Amazing.

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  • Marin Headlands

    This is a fantastic stop if you're touring San Francisco. You great one of the best views of the Golden Gate bridge, with beautiful contrasting surrounds of nature. Great to check out during a sunny afternoon or even at night.

    It does get really chilly up here though, so prep with a scarf and jacket! Don't forget your camera, too!

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  • Marin HeadlandsPro 2014
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    it is the hilly area across the Golden Gate Bridge with great views over the big city. There are hiking trails and at Point Bonita the Lighthouse. The best thing is to watch the sunset from the cliff-hugging Conzelman Road.

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  • Marin Headlands

    Great hiking, beautiful views.

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Inspiring views of the fog swallowing up the Golden Gate Bridge mingle with the scent refreshing sea-breeze and the endorphins pulsing through your body from the hike you’ve just completed to send you into a state of ultimate tranquility in a place that is uniquely Californian. Hundreds of miles of interlinking multi-use trails make it easy to tailor an outing to fit your needs whether you want a short and flat hike, a challenging 15-mile bike ride, or a leisurely horseback excursion through sun kissed meadows. Even a drive around the park’s periphery yields intoxicating sights and sounds. While stunning views and wildlife like hawks and bobcats make this a nature-lover’s playground, military relics like Fort Cronkhite and the Nike missile launch site make the area equally interesting for its historical significance. Four campsites and a hostel allow you to sleep within this Marin County gem.

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