This 10K loops around the picturesque and treeless Gerbode Valley (that means great views)! Climb steadily on fire roads for 3 miles to sweeping open views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge
, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay. You'll then enjoy the descent back to the trailhead; it is a bit rocky at first, then smoothing on gently curving fire roads.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs
The trailhead is at the far east end of the Smith Trailhead Parking Lot. Once on the trail, you'll make a left turn after 100 yards to cross a footbridge. In another .1 mile, turn right at the T Intersection onto Rodeo Valley Trail
. You'll follow this fire road up a moderate grade for 2 miles. Enjoy the views into Rodeo Valley as you climb, and watch the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge
come into view as you gain elevation.
When you come to the trail junction, make a left onto the SCA Trail
. This trail then makes a quick right, then a quick left in rapid succession. It is pretty easy to navigate, just follow signs for the SCA Trail
. Follow this trail through a Eucalyptus Grove, then look down at Sausalito and Marin City 900' below. After .7 miles, make a left toward the Bobcat Trail
, then jog right after about 50 feet to stay on the Bobcat Trail
(take the uphill direction). You'll then begin another (and final) ascent.
Pass the Hawk Camp Trail
(where you can camp for free with with advance reservations from GGNRA). When you get to the second trail junction of wide fire roads, bear left onto Miwok Trail
. Once on the Miwok Trail
, you climb to the highest point on the run and enjoy the grand sweeping 360-degree views. Your descent on Miwok will start steep and somewhat rocky. It then smooths out to gentle curves on a smooth trail surface. You'll feel the flow of the curves at you start to get you "runner's high" on. At the bottom of the Miwok Trail
, turn left onto the Bobcat Trail
. In .1 mile you'll climb a flight of steps on your right which takes you onto the Rodeo Valley Trail
. From there, it is .3 miles to the turnoff (on the right) back to the trailhead parking lot.