Rodeo Beach, Gerbode Valley and Hill 88! (Moderate - Strenuous)

This 9 mile hike with a 1300 foot altitude gain.  I  This scenic loop uses theMiwok and Bobcat trails and proceeds on to Wolf Ridge and on up to the top of the world at Hill 88 with the world at your feet.  You circle Gerbode Valley from Rodeo beach and enjoy360-degree views that take in San Francisco, the Pacific coastline, Tennesse Valley, Mt. Tam and the Richmond Bridge!  This trail is also on a fairly wide dirt path that is smooth walking for the first 4-5 miles and then you are on a trail that is rougher going.  There are stairs and some steep descents.  You will see various WWII military bunkers and installations.  This hike is a "must do" if you are physically able to do a moderate to strenuous hike!


From Hwy. 101 southbound, just south of the Waldo tunnel, take the Sausalito Exit, which is also signed for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Go  right after the exit at the junction and proceed .25 to Bunker Rd.  Turn left and after .1 mile you reach a one-direction-only tunnel where traffic is controlled by a stop light.  After emerging from the .5 mile tunnel, follow the signs to Rodeo Beach.  The trail head is at the very end of the parking lot.

Please make sure to eat something prior to the hike.  We will eat out lunch at the top of Hill 88 which is about 3 miles from the end of the hike..well past the half way point.

A great trail description of a portion of the hike with pictures can be found at:

As always:

Give yourself time to find the trailhead so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes that are well broken in.

Dogs are not allowed by the park

We go rain or shine (unless the weather causes unsafe conditions)

Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

There are restrooms at the trail head.

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.

Always try to car-pool if you can.  If there is a noted car-pool that is full or doesn’t work for you it would be wonderful if posted your own on the hike’s comments spot. And car-poolers if you are riding with someone other than your leader please chip in for gas and the use of their car.

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown to leave by 8:30

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 9

Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!

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  • Brenda P.

    The weather was a welcome relief. Thanks Leigh!

    June 11

  • Nancy

    The group made sunshine out of a foggy day. The wildflowers were abundant, colorful amidst the fog. Thanks to Leigh and my fellow Wanderers.

    June 11

  • Kathy

    No view - and I wasn't even there! Can't pin it on me this time. :)

    1 · June 11

  • patrick k.

    Very pleasurable outing with or without the distant views. Thanks Leigh and fellow Wanderers!

    June 10

  • Colleen

    Cold, windy, foggy, misty, and some more cold! Perfect hiking weather, great hiking group, fun hike - even without the views!

    3 · June 10

  • Leigh's true that we didn't get the sweeping stunning views that we normally get BUT the wild flowers were fantastic and the company was splendid. All in all it was a great hike for me and I'm so glad that you all joined me!

    June 10

  • Brook

    Hi, I'd like to know if we will be off the trail by around 2 in order to back to Santa Rosa by 4?

    June 7

    • Leigh

      Sorry Brook-I didn't see this until now...I know you cancelled but just for next time...we get back right around 4.

      June 10

    • Brook

      Yes, cancelled because of a meeting at 4 in SR and seemed like I wouldn't make it back in time after talking with Andy yesterday. But thanks for the reply. Hope you have a great hike!

      June 10

  • Colleen

    Coddingtown carpool.

    June 10

  • Lucille R.

    Petaluma carpool

    May 8

  • Kathy S.

    Apologies, but I need to cancel. I've been fighting off a bug since my first night home from England, forcing me to staying in since. I woke up this morning ill.

    June 9

  • Carol H.

    Bob and I will be at the Coddingtown carpool in time to leave by 8.30.

    June 9

  • Leigh

    Please note the 15 minute change in starting time. I remembered that last time the car pools all arrived early with the leaving times we have established and we ended up waiting quite a bit. I moved it up so we leave as early as possible due to the heat. See you there at 9:45!!!

    June 9

  • Leigh

    I may have to drive myself due to errands after but if I am able to get out of doing them.... ;) I will be at Coddingtown to leave by 8:30. If I'm not there then you know what that means!

    June 9

  • Karen S.

    Unfortunately, I have to bow out of the hike. The dr. has me on rest and icing because of a sprain.
    Have a great day

    June 9

  • Brook

    So sorry but I have to cancel. :-(

    June 9

  • Karl S.

    My apolpogies. Last minute change in plans.

    June 9

  • AJ

    Petaluma carpool

    June 9

  • Lisa

    Would anyone like to carpool from Marin? San Rafael, Greenbrae area would work for me.

    May 24

    • John

      I'll be coming down 101 from 37. I could pick you up at Mollie Stones.

      June 9

  • Arlene P.

    Petaluma carpool

    June 8

  • Thanya A.

    As much as I'd like to come, my sprained ankle still isn't 100%, so I'll have to miss this one. Have fun!!

    June 8

  • Karl S.

    Petaluma Carpool

    June 6

  • Linda M.

    hi, will be at Petaluma carpool

    June 5

  • Karen S.

    Carpool from Sonoma or Novato? Lucille?

    June 4

  • Lynda K.

    Misread date. Have to cancel :/

    June 2

  • Judi C.

    This hike sounds great, but I can't go on Tuesdays.

    May 15

  • Bruce B.


    May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Howdy folks, Any carpools leaving from Oakland?

    May 12

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