Chicken Soup for the Hiker's Soul

Like chicken soup for the soul, there’s just something about the Marin Headlands that’s comforting … maybe it’s the hidden hike-in beaches, or the vast coastal views to the Farallones and the Golden Gate; or the high vantages catching golden sunsets over the Pacific amid the drama of the hulking cliffs and crags. Go get your headlands fix on these coastal comfort hikes.

Week 08.11.2021
Regions Northern CA

Three Beaches to the Wind

Hike to three beaches on this coastal trail in the Marin Headlands

Woman hiking up the Coastal Trail next to the ocean in the Marin Headlands
Woman sitting on a rock on the Coastal Trail and looking down below to Muir Beach in the Marin Headlands
Pirates Cove Beach in the Marin Headlands
This beautiful 7-mile (round-trip) coastal hike in the Marin Headlands connects three beaches: Muir Beach, Pirates Cove, and Tennessee Cove.
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Headlands Over Heels

Hike the SCA Trail in the Marin Headlands for Fresh Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

People come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a dramatic and novel view of the bridge without all the people on this moderate 6-mile hike in the Marin Headlands.
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Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside

Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside

Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside.
Dr Sean Amegadzie bicycle Dantes View Death Valley
Adventure for your earbuds. What's new in the world of the outdoors? Listen to Weekend Sherpa co-founders discuss local hikes, beaches, bike rides, camping spots and all kinds of travel and adventure in California and beyond!
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Hawk-Eyed Sunset

Sunset Hike at Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands

It's one of the best sunset spots in the Bay Area. And Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands is quieter than usual this year because of few tourists. Enjoy a sweeping panorama 923 feet above the Pacific.
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