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Marin Headlands Loop

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The Marin Headlands Loop is a spectacular hike through one of the Bay Area's most scenic areas. It offers enough of a challenge to keep you working and enough casual strolls along ridge lines and valley floors to relax your muscles.

This hike starts in Rodeo Valley and crosses over to Tennessee valley, then the Green Gulch and Muir Beach. It returns to Tennessee Lagoon via the Pirates Cove Trail and ends at Fort Cronkhite, passing historic military installations along the final descent.
Page One: Rodeo Valley to Coyote Ridge

Trail Stats:
Number of Days: 1
Miles: 12
Highest Elevation: 880
Lowest Elevation: 0
Begining Elevation: 120

Suggested Links:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Official National Park Service site
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Marin Headlands
Fort Cronkhite
Muir Beach
Miwok Livery Stables
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
The San Francisco Zen Center operates the Green Gulch Farm
Directions to Marin Headlands
MUNI - 76 Line
Operates only on Sunday and Holidays

Ranger Station:
Marin Headlands Visitor Center

Trailhead Map:
Rodeo Valley and Fort Cronkhite

See the "Directions to Marin Headlands" link. Follow the Direct Route to the stables. The trailhead is directly across the street from the stables. Also, the 76 MUNI line (operates only on Sundays and holidays) stops at the trailhead on the way to Fort Cronkhite.

General Notes and Observations:
There are a number of alternate routes you can take for a shorter hike.

* Towards the top of the Miwok Trail, a little before the Old Springs Trail, you can turn left onto the Wolf Ridge Trail. You can follow this trail to the paved section of the Coastal Trail and turn right to descend to Fort Cronkhite.
* Instead of turning right on the Coyote Ridge trail to the Green Gulch you can continue along Coyote Ridge until it ends at the Coastal Fireroad. From there you can turn right onto the Coastal Fireroad to the beginning of the Pirate's Cove Trail or you can turn left to Tennessee Valley. There was once a narrow and somewhat overgrown path at this junction that descends straight to the middle of the Pirates Cove Trail. I do not know if this path is still accessible.
* At the Miwok Stables in Tennessee Valley you can turn left at the road instead of going right to the Miwok Trail. Follow this dirt road straight to the beach, then on the way back turn right onto the Coastal Trail and return to Fort Cronkhite or go back up the Old Springs Trail to the Miwok Trail and then turn right onto the Wolf Ridge Trail to the Coastal Trail and back to Fort Cronkhite.

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