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Rodeo Valley to Coyote Ridge Map: Rodeo Valley and Fort Cronkhite
Bobcat Trail
Bobcat Trail
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Thin Trail
Thin Trail
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We begin across the street from the stables with the Bobcat Trail. This trail starts out pretty flat and provides a good warm up. After about a quarter mile where the trail begins to climb we turn left down a little dip and meet up with the Miwok Trail. We turn right here and begin a gentle climb with a view of Rodeo Valley. You may be able to see deer in the valley below if you bring binoculars. You should also keep an eye open for mountain bikers which are plentiful on this trail during the weekends. Towards the top we pass a narrow and fairly rugged trail to your left. Do not follow this trail, but continue along the Miwok Trail.



At the next junction you will turn left onto the Old Springs Trail. This will take you around the hill and descend gently at first, and then more steeply to Tennessee Valley. On this trail you have to look out for horses as well as mountain bikes. There are lots of birds along here too. The trail meets up with the road at the Miwok Stables where there is a parking lot, port-a-potties and picnic tables.



You will turn right and follow the road for about 100 feet before turning left onto the trail. You are back on the Miwok Trail which begins fairly flat and climbs gently through eucalyptus. However, it soon begins a grueling climb up to the ridge. There is little shade along here once you climb above the eucalyptus so it can get quite warm. Just before you reach the top you will turn left and follow a narrow trail along the side of the hill. The bulk of the climbing is behind you for a while. The trail continues a short distance below the ridge and passes a number of rock outcrops where you can rest and take in the view.

To Green Gulch and the Pirate's Cove Trail Map: Muir Beach and Tennessee Valley
In front of the Bench
In front of the Bench
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Muir Beach
Muir Beach
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Once you get onto the Coyote Ridge Trail you have good views in all directions and the trail becomes an easy stroll. Before too long you will turn right and begin a descent into the Green Gulch. This trail winds it way down and passes a small pond (presumably used for irrigation at the farm below) and a very nice bench overlooking the Green Gulch Farm. Once you get to the bottom you pass behind a row of trees before reaching a gate. Pass through the gate and be sure to close it behind you.



You are now in the Green Gulch Farm which is private property and owned and operated by the San Francisco Zen Center. Cross the field and turn left, following the dirt road towards the ocean and passing by organic vegetables. At the far end of the farm you pass through another gate and soon arrive at another junction. Turn right here if you want to visit Muir Beach. We will turn right here and begin climbing almost immediately. This leads us to a lookout point with a great view of Muir Beach.



Continuing along the trail we climb a little bit farther along the Coastal Fireroad before meeting up with the Pirate's Cove Trail.

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