The Pirates Cove Trail runs along the side of the hill with the ocean directly below. There are great ocean views along the entire length of this trail with lots of rocks jutting out of the ocean. The trail meanders in and out of ravines with one of them going fairly deep into the hillside. At the other end of the Pirates Cove Trail is the great staircase. You might want to stop and rest beneath the staircase because it seems to go on forever.
Once you reach the top of the stairs the trail continues to climb, though not quite so steeply, and passes another junction. Turning left here will take you back to Coyote Ridge. Instead of turning we will continue going straight and soon begin our descent back down into Tennessee Valley. This trail gets fairly steep and the ground can be a little slippery so you might not want to go too fast. During the descent you get views of the lagoon below and you can also see the path we will be taking across Tennessee Valley.
Almost as soon as you return to the Tennessee Valley trail, which is more of a dirt road, you will follow a path across the valley. This is the Coastal Trail and is a pretty rugged and steep trail. This is probably the hardest part of the hike because of the steepness and ruggedness of the trail and because it comes towards the end of the hike. Once across the valley the trail turns left and goes back a little ways towards the stables and begins to climb as it wraps back around the hill and comes up onto a lookout spot. This spot is a good place to take a well deserved rest and on a clear day it offers views of Tennessee Valley and Tennessee Beach. The trail immediately resumes its climb. One nice thing about this trail on foggy or cloudy days is that you can watch the clouds cross over the top of the ridge.