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Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach-Tennessee Cove loop: Intermediate

NEW HIKE LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS:

Approximately 9 mile intermediate loop hike will start at the Ft. Cronkhite/Rodeo Beach parking lot in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, climb up Wolf Ridge via the Miwok Trail, drop to Tennessee Cove, a very pretty but popular Marin County hike-in beach. After lunch at the beach we will head back to Rodeo Beach via a loop from the ridge top.

Bring lunch, snacks, and water.

Weather can get chilly, windy, or foggy at beach. Bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt.

No pets.

CLICK FOR MAP: Please print and bring with you, along with directions.

Elevation gain: Sea level to 800 ft., same on the return. (That's 1,600 feet total.)

Driving directions:
97 miles - about 1 3/4 to 2 hours

Starting at: 11th St & P St, Sacramento
1. Head west on P St toward 10th St.
2. Take the I-80 W ramp to San Francisco
3. Merge onto US-50 W
4. Continue on I-80 W
5. Take the State Hwy 37 exit toward San Rafael
6. Merge onto CA-37 W
7. Take the 101 South exit toward San Francisco, continue on Hwy. 101 toward San Francisco
8. Take the Sausalito exit (this is after the tunnel, just before the Golden Gate Bridge)
9. Turn right at Sausalito Lateral
10. Left onto Bunker Road
11. You will go through a one-way tunnel here, and may have to wait for the traffic light to turn green.
12. Stay on Bunker Rd., generally keeping to the right at intersections, and at a fork, veer left on Mitchell Rd. toward beach
13. Park at the parking lot on the right, at the end of the road by the beach.

There may be slowdowns due to construction along Bunker Road.

Please pay your drivers $4 per hour of driving time which will be about $16 per passenger.

Hiking directions:
We will begin by walking back along the road, following the lagoon, until we reach the trailhead for the Miwok Trail. The trailhead is just past a long yellow building on the left side of the road. Take the Miwok Trail until it reaches the Wolf Ridge Trail. Turn left on Wolf Ridge Trail to the Coastal Trail. Turn right on Coastal Trail, which descends into Tennessee Valley. At the valley floor, turn left toward Tennessee Cove Beach. Follow the intersecting trail until it reaches the Tennessee Valley Trail and proceed to the beach, where we will have lunch.

We return by the same route until we reach the top of the ridge, where we turn right (remain) on the Coastal Trail. As the Coastal Trail (a road at this point) descends, watch for a path on the left which bypasses a washed-out section of road. Just after this path rejoins the road, turn right to return to Rodeo Beach and our parking area.

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  • Steve G

    Nice day at the coast. Thanks everyone for coming. This was tougher than I had remembered it to be.

    September 30, 2013

    • Hilda F.

      Absolutely wonderful day!!

      September 30, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    Thanks Steve and Shennon. I enjoyed the fresh cool air and hiking through the coastal prairies.

    September 30, 2013

  • Robert L

    Good long hike on open terrain starting, breaking for lunch and ending on beaches. Great hike with awesome people. Thanks Steve and Shannon for organizing!

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • John L.

    It was a nice event but the return climb was somewhat strenuous. Our group inadvertently lost its way and it turned out to be a 12-mile hike for us. Shannon's solicitude for our well-being was much appreciated.

    September 30, 2013

  • Del M.

    Nice day! Great hike! Wonderful Company! Thank you Steve and Shannon.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Susan

    wow! I need the lickin' that that hike gave me! lovely beach, great views...thanks, Shannon and Steve!

    September 29, 2013

  • Kristin D.

    Great hike, beautiful day. Sorry I had to take off early from lunch!

    September 29, 2013

  • Kristin D.

    We'll just meet you at the trail head because I will need to leave the trail head by 3pm to return to Sacramento. See you there!

    September 28, 2013

    • Arthur L. T

      We should be done with hiking between 2:30 and 3:30.

      September 29, 2013

  • Steve G

    My contact no. if anyone needs it is[masked]

    September 29, 2013

  • christine h.

    I'm sorry I can't go today. Had a reaction to something ate and my face is all swollen. Not a good look! Don't want to use my Epipen today! Have a great hike!

    September 29, 2013

  • David V

    Not feeling well this AM. See you next time.

    September 29, 2013

  • Steve G

    Weather.com says partly cloudy, temps 62-70. Always a good idea to bring a windbreaker or rain parka just in case. I would expect to get back to Sacramento around 6 pm.

    September 28, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    Here is an update, it will be partly cloudy throughout the day, so we should it should be dry for both Sacramento and Friday until the beginning of this coming evening

    September 29, 2013

  • Steve G

    We can work out rides at carpool location. There's always room for everyone.

    3 · September 27, 2013

    • Ree J.

      So just to be clear--at 8?

      September 28, 2013

    • Steve G

      Yes, 8 am at 11th and P parking lot.

      September 28, 2013

  • Del M.

    I intend to arrive unscathed and return exhausted. And yes, I will drive and will take three kewl hikers and riders. See ya'll.

    September 27, 2013

  • Hilda F.

    I can take 3 hikers in my car. See everyone at 11th and P on Sunday.

    September 27, 2013

    • Ree J.

      I'll be there are try and catch a ride.

      September 27, 2013

    • Ree J.

      What time are people meeting (up)?

      September 27, 2013

  • mary

    Hate to cancel as I haven't hiked for 6 weeks but did something to my foot yesterday that's painful so will start with a shorter hike

    September 27, 2013

  • Ree J.

    Del Marie, do you already have your 3 hikers? I need a lift. Anyone else out there want some company for the ride?

    September 27, 2013

  • Del M.

    The plan is to come, arrive unscathed and leave exhausted. Will drive and will take 3 hikers with me.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Kristin D.

    This sounds neat. Can you estimate when we'll be back in Sac?

    September 26, 2013

  • Ree J.

    I would love to go but need a carpool ride. Shannon could I hitch a ride with you, or, is anyone else interested in sharing their car?
    Love to hike--especially with Shannon's groups!

    September 26, 2013

  • Barbara

    Ugh. So sorry to miss this one, but I'll be volunteering at the Mustard Seed Spin that day.

    September 26, 2013

  • Steve G

    The Muir Beach loop hike has been changed. Please check the hike page (above) for details.

    September 25, 2013

  • James S.

    Sharon, I heard that Muir Beach is closed until Nov 16th. Is this going to impede our hike?

    September 24, 2013

    • Arthur L. T

      I read there is an alternate parking lot at the end of Tennessee Valley Rd. Muir Beach's parking lot may be closed, but the beach may still be open.

      September 25, 2013

    • Steve G

      Good idea Arthur, but that lot often gets very crowded on sunny weekends, plus it would add 2 or 3 miles to the loop. Working on an alternate headlands area hike.

      September 25, 2013

  • Steve G

    Working on an alternative for this hike....stay tuned.

    September 25, 2013

  • Emmanuel

    Hello, I live in Fairfield so is there anyone driving south from Sac to carpool with? Of course I will pay my share

    September 23, 2013

  • Barbara

    This sounds like a terrific hike!!! Draft. I will be at volunteering at the Mustard Seed Spin instead. If you're able to repost this sometime soon, Shannon, I'd be pretty excited about it.

    September 23, 2013

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