Golden Gate & Marin

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113 mi 182 km

Runs

67 mi 107 km

Trails
Gems
11 Gems

Easy Trails
35 Trails
Intermediate Trails
21 Trails
Hard Trails
3 Trails

Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, a part of the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offer spectacular recreational opportunities to millions of visitors each year. The park is situated just north of San Francisco and is bound by both the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The park is rich in varied histories from the Military to the Miwok Indians, including both Fort Barry and Cronkhite, the NIKE Missile site and the 150-year-old Point Bonita lighthouse. There is also an array of other attractions including hundreds of miles of trails, scenic beaches, and incredible vistas of San Francisco. On top of all this, wildflowers abound in the spring, and raptors migrate through the park in the fall. Visitors will undoubtedly enjoy this beautifully preserved open space in the otherwise over-built Bay Area.

To learn more about Golden Gate and Marin, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
There are a variety of visitor centers, book stores, historic sites, and destinations located within the park. For more information on a specfic visitor center and to see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.

  • Marin Headlands Visitor Center: Open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Point Bonita Lighthouse: Open 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
  • SF-88 Nike Missile Site: Open 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, the first Saturday of every month.
  • Battery Townsley: Open 12 pm to 4 pm, the first Sunday of every month.
  • Presidio Visitor Center: Open 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Presidio Officer's Club: Open 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Fort Point National Historic Site: Open 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Sunday.
  • Lands End Lookout: Open 9 am to 5 pm, daily.

Visiting Tips

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is open year round. Hours of visitor centers and other facilities at may vary by season. For more information, visit the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Sites, except for Muir Woods National Monument. Certain facilities may charge a reservation or use fee. To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
Marin Headlands offers several campgrounds for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Sites are limited and reservations are required. To learn more about camping in the park, click here.

  • Kirby Cove Campground: 5 sites. Open April 1 to October 31. $25 per night per site. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777
  • Haypress Campground: 5 sites. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The remainder of the year, only three sites may be reserved. No fee.
  • Hawk Camp Campground: 3 sites. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The remainder of the year, only one site may be reserved. No fee.
  • Bicentennial Campground: 3 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis. No fee.

Lodging:
While there are a host of lodging accommodations available in the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area, there are a couple options for lodging located in the park itself. The Inn at the Presidio is located in the Presidio and is a historic hotel that has been restored as a guest lodge. The
Cavallo Point Lodge, located in Fort Baker, offers a unique history and contemporary lodging options. Another option for reasonably priced accomodation located in the park is the Marin Headlands Hostel.

Food & Drink

Visitors have their choice of dining options at the Presidio. The Crissy Field Warming Hut and Beach Hut Café are perfect for beverages, soup, or sandwiches after a stroll along the Crissy Field shoreline. The Dish Café, Acre Café, Presidio Café, Presidio Bowling Center, Presidio Social Club, and Disney Museum Café are all great options for a meal while exploring the Presidio.

Options at Lands End include Sutro's at the Cliff House, an elegant restaurant with some of the most spectacular views in the park. Call (415) 386-3330 for reservations. Louis' Restaurant is another option at Lands End. Visitors to Fort Mason can choose between Greens, a famous vegetarian restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner and also serves beverages and pastries throughout the day, and Cooks which offers a variety of sandwiches and soups. There are no food vendors in the Marin Headlands. It is recommended that visitors bring food and snacks with them. There is also a wide variety of dining options outside of the park.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Saylor's Restaurant & Bar Check in here free margarita if you do
2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 332-1512
Fred's Coffee Shop Great OJ and great breakfast. The pancake are very good.
1917 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 332-4575
Tommy's Wok Roast duck is the bomb!
3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 332-5818
Avatar's Trust the owners judgement and do not order off the menu
2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 332-8083
Bbq & Curry House Indian and Pakistani Restaurant Some of the most flavorful food in the Bay Area. Spicy in a great way.
Bayside Cafe This is by far the best Cafe in Sausalito. The food is very delicious, and an excellent staff to serve you with a smile. This little cafe get my highest recommendation for food and service.
1 Gate 6 Rd, Sausalito CA — (415) 331-2313
San Drino Everything!!! Don't miss burata salad and the toasted bread with mozzarella on the top
45 Caledonia St, Sausalito CA — (415) 729-9166
The Lighthouse Café Try the huevos rancheros ;-)
1311 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 331-3034
Le Garage Serves simple French Cuisine, bistro style on the waterfront. - Nikki
Salito's Crab House & Prime Rib Sit on the deck. Best seafood pasta ever with generous chunks of crab. Order mussels
1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 331-3226
Bar Bocce Delicious pizza and beautiful water view. Earlier lunch is recommended to avoid long wait during weekends.
1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 331-0555
Napa Valley Burger The Stinson Beach BBQ Burger with a side of Truffle Fries is my favorite combo here. Super tender and fresh burgers!
670 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 332-1454
Barrel House Tavern Views are amazing. Ribs and sliders great for appetizers. Also they have a make your own Bloody Mary bar!
660 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 729-9593
Café Del Soul Smoothies not salad - all lettuce
Louis' Restaurant Walk along the coastal trail from the Golden Gate Bridge to Sutro Baths and then stop in here for lunch.
Robata Grill Delicious food for an affordable price!
The Bistro at Cliff House Make sure you ask for a table next to the window! The wait is worth it! :)
Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli Excellent sandwiches and beautiful jazzy rock performance on Friday evening 6:30pm
Piatti The food here is amazing.
Hunan Cafe #2 Lily is the sweetest woman ever. She remembered me after 2 years! Food is great here, get the Mongolian beef with rice.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Shuttles:
There is a free park shuttle that runs each weekend until September. Check this map for more information on shuttle stops. Addiitonally, the Presidio offers a free shuttle service. For more information on the PresidoGo Shuttle, click here.

Other Activities

When done exploring the miles of trails, enjoying the coastal scenery, and learning about the rich culture and history of Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, visitors can enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities in the area. There are many options for mountain biking and rock climbing in the San Francisco Bay area as well as the other units of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to explore.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.
Angel Island State Park Bike Tour: Jul 22 - Angel Island State Park: Berkeley Marina Parking Lot
Enjoy a casual ride on the Bay Area's iconic Angel Island State Park. Your REI guide will introduce you to natural and historical features of the island, with stops to check out gorgeous views of the bay and looks into our region's and nation's past. Details
Learn to Kayak Class: Jul 22 - Angel Island State Park: Berkeley Marina Parking Lot
This class will introduce students to the basics of paddling a kayak in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about kayaks, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering kayaking to try it out. Details
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#1 SCA Trail
Sausalito, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Sausalito, CA
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#3 Pirates Cove Trail
Tamalpais Valley, CA
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#4 Mile Rock Trail
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km San Francisco, CA
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#5 Owl Trail
Tamalpais Valley, CA
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Sausalito, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km Sausalito, CA
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Marin City, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Marin City, CA
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0.5 mi 0.9 km
#8 Point Bonita Trail
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
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0.4 mi 0.7 km San Francisco, CA
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#10 Park Blvd. Trail
San Francisco, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km San Francisco, CA
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Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.7 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
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Sausalito, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Sausalito, CA
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#13 Morning Sun Trail
Sausalito, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Sausalito, CA
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Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
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9.6 mi 15.5 km
#16 Miwok Trail
Marin City, CA
9.6 mi 15.5 km Marin City, CA
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#17 Coastal Trail
Marin City, CA
3.3 mi 5.4 km Marin City, CA
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#19 Alta Trail
Marin City, CA
2.6 mi 4.2 km Marin City, CA
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#20 Kirby Cove Road
Sausalito, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Sausalito, CA
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