Pirates Cove Trail
ElevationAscent: 468' 143 m
Descent: -307' -94 m
High: 570' 174 m
Low: 180' 55 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“Traveling along coastal chaparral doesn't get any better with views, crashing waves, soaring birds.”— Phil DiGirolamo
From the north, connect to this trail from a section of the Coastal Trail at Muir Beach. When you first get on the trail, stand perfectly still and see if you can take in the moan of the buoy that is just off shore. The spooky noise is unique to the area, and is worth a listen.
At the halfway point, you'll be at the cove. There is a little spur that takes you to the occasional beach. Time your trip accordingly, because if the tide is high and or the swell is big, there wont be a beach!
From the cove, the remaining trail becomes quite strenuous; the steps and terrain are steep. Many find that poles are a very good option going up or down this section. Once you reach the top you can opt to head north or south to regain the Coastal Trail.
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