Marin Headlands: The Kirby Cove Loop

Hello All,

The Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area offer a diverse combination of lovely beaches, spectacular views of the coast and San Francisco, and a window into the area's history. On this hike we will sample several of the highlights and stunning views of the Marin Headlands, including Rodeo Beach, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and Kirby Cove.

With a hike length of 12 miles and a total elevation gain of 1750 feet, our hike will be slightly beyond our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike. *More details are listed below.*

SUMMARY OF KEY TIMES and LOCATIONS (details below):
8:15 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto: PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.


8:45 AM: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, Redwood City: NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT.


9:30 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave, San Francisco:  SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT


10:00 AM: Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National
Recreation Area. *STARTING POINT OF HIKE *


5:00-5:30 PM: Back at starting point. ESTIMATED FINISH TIME

* Optional special dinner in the area after the hike.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. The parking lot at our destination has limited capacity so carpooling is especially important for this hike. Going to the designated carpool points in Palo Alto, North Peninsula, or San Francisco is an easy and quick way to get into a carpool. No prearrangement of carpools needed. BEFORE SEEKING CARPOOLS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS, PLEASE SEE DETAILED COMMENTS ABOUT CARPOOLING BELOW.

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

* FURTHER DETAILS POSTED BELOW*

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,
Julio M.

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Marin Headlands: Kirby Cove Loop Hike, May 4, 2013 – Sat.
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DESTINATION: Marin Headlands: Kirby Cove Loop
DATE: May 4, 2013 (Saturday)
TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 12 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 1750 feet
Further information on the Marin Headlands at URL:
http://www.nps.gov/goga/marin-headlands.htm

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 50 miles / 1 hour 15 min. approx. each way


COST: Mileage (From Palo Alto: $40 per car to be split among carpoolers; From North Peninsula Carpool Point: $28 per car to be split among carpoolers; From San Francisco Carpool Point: $8).
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation (suggested amount 4 dollars) at the end of the hike to help support the Meetup group.

ORGANIZER: Julio M. (contact info at end of description)

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

RSVP REQUESTED

CARPOOLING:
1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. Since the parking lots near Rodeo Beach are of limited capacity, carpooling is especially important for this hike

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *KEEP POSTINGS TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO A MINIMUM*. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE POST ONCE TO INDICATE IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!

MEETING TIMES and LOCATIONS:
8:15 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto (meet at Calif. Ave. entrance to parking lot): PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.
Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/wq6yv
NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point

8:45 AM: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, Redwood City
[at corner of I-280 and Edgewood Road]. This site will serve as our
NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT. Carpools with excess
capacity leaving Palo Alto will stop at this carpool point on the way to San Francisco. The hike organizer will make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help organize the carpools.
Google Map of meeting point location: http://g.co/maps/99rny

9:30 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave. (SAN
FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT). Carpools with excess capacity
leaving Palo Alto and Edgewood Road carpool point will stop at this
carpool point on the way to San Francisco. The hike organizer will
make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help
organize the carpools.
Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/yn8ju

10:00 AM at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. MEET at intersection of Mitchell Road & Kirkpatrick Street on the beach side of Mitchell Road. (HIKE STARTING POINT).
Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/FqAnq

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME: 5:00- 5:30 PM (back at trailhead)

* OPTIONAL SPECIAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.

BRING: sunscreen, coat, plenty of water, lunch, hiking boots or rugged walking shoes, all the usual stuff. NOTE: This hike is quite exposed to the sun so make sure you wear a hat and/or plenty of sunscreen.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
The Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area offer a diverse combination of lovely beaches, spectacular views of the coast and San Francisco, and a window into the area's history. On this hike we will sample several of the highlights and stunning views of the Marin Headlands, including Rodeo Beach, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and Kirby Cove.

Our route will begin at Rodeo Beach and take us along a route to the Point Bonita Lighthouse that offers lovely panoramic views of the coast and ends with an opportunity to take in this important historic and currently operating lighthouse guiding ships through the Golden Gate. We will then take-in the stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate as we hike along Conzelman Road to Hawk Hill and the lovely Kirby Cove.

After allowing plenty of time to take in the legendary views from Kirby Cove, we will rejoin Conzelman Road for a short while as it takes us to the Coastal Trail. We will follow the Coastal Trail to the Rodeo Valley Trail which we will follow to the Miwok Trail. After a short hike on this trail, we will be returned to Mitchell Road, Rodeo Beach, and our starting point.

* OPTIONAL SPECIAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.


DIRECTIONS to meeting point at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. MEET at intersection of Mitchell Road & Kirkpatrick Street on the beach side of Mitchell Road.

Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/KQhes

1. Take I-280 N (go 29.6 miles if not stopping at the North Peninsula Carpool Point)
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NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT:
To stop at North Peninsula Carpool Point: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, Redwood City:
- Take exit 29 for Edgewood Rd
- Turn right onto Edgewood Rd (go 256 feet)
- Turn left into the Park and Ride lot
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2. Continue onto CA-1 N/Junipero Serra Blvd (signs for 19th Ave/Golden Gate Bridge (go 1.1 mi)
3. Slight left onto 19th Ave (go 3.4 mi)
4. Continue onto Crossover Dr (go 0.4 mi)
5. Continue onto Park Presidio Bypass Blvd (go 0.5 mi)
6. Continue onto Park Presidio Blvd (go 0.9 mi)
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SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT:
- After leaving Golden Gate Park, go 3 blocks to Anza St. and turn right.
- Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave.
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7. Continue onto Veterans Blvd (go 1.1 mi)
8. Take the ramp onto US-101 N (go 2.5 mi.)
9. Take exit 442 to merge onto Alexander Ave (go 0.3 mi)
10. Slight left onto Danes Dr (go 0.1 mi)
11. Slight left onto Bunker Rd (go 3.0 mi)
12. Continue onto Mitchell Rd (go 0.4 mi)
MEETING POINT: Intersection of Mitchell Road & Kirkpatrick Street on the beach side of Mitchell Road.

If you have a GPS that accepts latitude and longitude, the meeting point is at[masked], -122.5386.


Trip Organizer:
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
Find out about coming hikes at my meetup.com group:
http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

 

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  • Auri

    Great day ... w/ inspiring, expansive views of the ocean, beaches & the bay - and nearby hills, valleys and distant mountain ranges. Met a gorgeous creature on the hike ... see photo I posted ;-)

    May 10, 2013

  • maz

    Absolutely brilliant!

    May 10, 2013

  • Cynthia M.

    Fantastic views of GG Bridge and the City early in the day. I'm 58 and just starting on long hikes after not doing them for a while. This was hard, but I made it about 8 of 12 miles. Yay Me! Lots of up and down, but at sea level you recover fast.

    May 6, 2013

  • margaret

    My first time on this side of the Bay. Loved the views of the Golden Gate, the city, the ocean and all the wild flowers. This hike had it all

    May 5, 2013

  • Jamileh

    Wonderful hike, enjoyed it

    May 4, 2013

  • Sammy

    very nice.

    May 4, 2013

  • Sadie

    Good to see you

    May 4, 2013

  • Frank

    GREAT !

    May 4, 2013

  • Lily l.

    Sorry ! I can not make this hike .

    May 4, 2013

  • Doug M.

    Could not make

    May 4, 2013

  • Shiri

    bit too early :)

    May 4, 2013

  • Duane S.

    Aedon and I will have to pass on todays hike, hope everyone has a great day, we hope to catch you all on the next one.

    May 4, 2013

  • adele

    HIHI, anyone coming down from mountain view or Sunnyvale or santa clara?? can help to car pool me and 1 of my gf??

    May 1, 2013

    • adele

      hi ivy .. thanks for the ride, I think I have to forgo this trip, m having sore throat now.. guess catching a cold soon... the next trip I definitely will b there ;p

      May 4, 2013

    • adele

      hope you enjoy your trip and have a good time ivy ;p

      May 4, 2013

  • Auri

    Folks from Fremont and nearby areas: here's a good carpool spot off 880 @ Stevenson. G Map - http://tinyurl.com/cn4vyxo­ About 1h 15m from there, so how about meeting at 8:25am at the corner of Omar and Hutton (as shown in the map pic view). Post a comment here or msg me if you want to join.

    May 3, 2013

    • sylvia

      Hi Auri, I can carpool from Fremont

      May 3, 2013

  • Eric E

    Bunker-Barry Tunnel is closed for repairs so the above instructions and that giving my navigation aids won't quite work. All motor vehicles must use Conzelman Road to enter and exit the Headlands as shown in this map: http://www.projectheadlands.gov...­

    8) From exit 442: 243 ft
    9) Turn left onto Alexander Ave 0.2 mi
    10) Take the 1st right onto Conzelman Rd 0.2 mi
    11). At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto McCullough Rd 1.2 mi
    12) Turn left onto Bunker Rd 0.9 mi
    24) Continue onto Mitchell Rd 1.8 mi

    4 · May 2, 2013

  • Victoria D.

    Bummer, I just don't have the time this week. Enjoy and hope to see ya'll soon

    May 3, 2013

  • Sharon M.

    Don't wait for me at SF meeting point! Not coming.

    May 3, 2013

  • Alex

    I live in Berkeley. Anyone coming from nearby?

    May 3, 2013

  • Jin

    Can't make it this time. Should be fun! Enjoy!

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    :(

    May 3, 2013

  • Lisa R.

    How is able to take me and my friend with them?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Lisa! I have to take care of my niece tonight in Sacramento and have to miss this hike :( there are many people carpooling from SF please find the details in the description. Sorry to miss getting to meet you :(

      May 3, 2013

  • Bo

    Is there anyone who leaves from Emeryville/Berkely/Oakland area?

    May 3, 2013

  • Joey H.

    Anyone want to carpool from East Bay: Hayward, Fremont, Milpitas area?

    May 1, 2013

    • Pilar

      Joey got your message and me and Eden would be happy to carpool and chip in for gas, toll...where and what time should we meet you? Thanks

      May 2, 2013

    • sylvia

      I can join carpool in Fremont area

      May 2, 2013

  • Joey H.

    Hi Julio,

    What do you have in mind for dinner?

    May 2, 2013

  • Sharon M.

    I'd be at the SF car pool location. How do we know everyone will fit in car? More than one car?? I'm a passenger, not driver.

    April 29, 2013

    • Maya

      I have the same ? :) it is me and Kris who would need a ride

      May 2, 2013

  • Maya

    Just wanted to confirm that for the carpool from Sf no prior arrangements are needed but to show up at the specified time and place, correct? My husband and i look forward to Sat

    May 2, 2013

  • Sadie

    Hi Kristi- I am in south San Jose. Do you have a room for one person?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am in SF...

      May 1, 2013

    • Sadie

      Oops, sorry about that.

      May 1, 2013

  • Chas

    Probably see you guys on the trail. Our grp is also doing this hike Sat. Hope to see you then!

    May 1, 2013

  • AVA

    Wow... I want join you guys!

    April 30, 2013

  • Gina

    I heart is sad that I am unable o attend... But my heart is happy that my schedule will change ... And I will be hiking and laughing with all you again ... Happy trails ...

    April 30, 2013

  • Patchara

    I have been thinking, if a beginner like me can do 12 miles hike.
    I think I' ll join the next one.....have fun!

    April 29, 2013

  • Janet K.

    been sick, better not

    April 29, 2013

  • barbara w.

    I live in SF and look forward to knowing the meet up point.

    2 · April 21, 2013

    • Lisa R.

      Could you drive? Do you own a car?

      April 29, 2013

  • maz

    Happy to carpool from Benicia.

    April 29, 2013

  • Doug M.

    Sounds Fun,
    In the Sun,
    Even though we don't Run

    April 29, 2013

  • Cynthia M.

    I'm so looking forward to this!!!!!
    I don't have a car and would like a ride from Cal. Ave Caltrain, and I'm willing to go to the dinner afterwards, if my driver wants to.
    I'm 58 and the pace of this hike sounds great, about a half a mile per hour by my calculations. Will we have a lunch break, taskmeister Julio? (I might have missed some info about lunches and breaks. If so, please direct me to that web page)

    April 29, 2013

    • Cynthia M.

      Neverminnd, Julio, sorry to post too many times. I see that we are bringing lunch.

      April 29, 2013

    • Cynthia M.

      I think my calculations are way off, too!

      April 29, 2013

  • Sadie

    Can carpool from San Jose or Palo Alto.

    April 28, 2013

    • Cynthia M.

      Oooh! Saydeh, I will be looking for a driver at California Ave. Caltrain, Palo Alto. Hope to meet you!

      April 29, 2013

  • Joe

    I live in SF

    April 29, 2013

  • Joe

    I can go if I can find a ride--anybody got a spare seat? Thanks! Peace and love. Joe

    April 29, 2013

  • Lisa R.

    Looking forward to the fun adventure. Need a ride from SF for 2 please!

    April 29, 2013

  • Maya

    Kris and i looking for car pool from SF

    April 29, 2013

  • Sadie

    I am not sure I could do the full 12 miles and I am wondering if there will be a group that does less than the rest.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Erick

    Sorry I will not be able to attend. I look forward to a next event.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a prior commitment.

    April 29, 2013

  • Wendie

    This sounds wonderful. Can't make it this weekend, but I hope you do this one again. It's looks like a lot of people are interested.

    April 28, 2013

  • Janet

    depends on the difficulty, will watch for the route to be posted.

    April 28, 2013

  • Cynthia M.

    This sounds great! I'm near Cal. Ave Caltrain station, don't have a car. Is this where I ask for carpool options?

    April 26, 2013

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    April 23, 2013

  • barbara w.

    I live in SF and look forward to knowing the meet up point.

    April 21, 2013

  • Erick

    I'm in Mission Dolores. I'm also looking for a ride to the location. I don't know SF very well, only been here a month. So if anyone has an idea on the best way to get to the starting point that would be great. Cheers, Erick

    April 20, 2013

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