Tennessee Valley and Coastal Trail Hike

A duplicate of our hike on September 10, this hike provides some of the best views in the Bay Area on a typical October day. The hike, which begins at the Tennessee Valley trailhead, is approximately 7-8 miles and will last about 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Elevation changes are over 900 feet.

We'll begin the hike along Tennessee Valley Trail, continue to the Coastal Trail and Coyote Ridge Trail, and then return to Tennessee Valley via the Coastal Trail. We'll pause for lunch at the Tennessee Valley beach. (See trail map.)

Important: Because of the elevation changes, this hike will require some stamina to keep up with the group, and it will be too difficult for some people. Please do not join us if you have difficulty climbing hills, or if you cannot keep a steady pace of at least 3 miles an hour. 

For more information about what to expect from this hike and other typical hikes with this group, see  Our Hiking Philosophy .

How to get there
Use Google Maps for directions to the Tennessee Valley trailhead: Click Tennessee Valley Trailhead, click Directions (near the top of the page), enter your address as the starting point, and then click GET DIRECTIONS.

Look for the parking lot: The trailhead is at the large parking lot at the end of the road. Disregard the "Tennessee Valley" sign on the left side of the road, which is posted only halfway to the parking lot.

Using caution when carpooling

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  • anabelle p.

    outstanding Will! great people and a beutiful day! thanks all who made it fun.

    October 19, 2011

  • Sach

    Excellent hike, great people, very well arranged

    October 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great company, great hike, beautiful day :)

    October 16, 2011

  • David

    I saw a coyote while driving out on Tennessee Valley Rd. It was on the other side of the road, not more than 10 feet away from me. I stopped to try for a picture, but he ran off when a car came from the other direction.

    October 15, 2011

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