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Tennessee Valley: Ridge Trail to Coast Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice ascent is rewarded with iconic views of the Marin headlands.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

88%

Runnable

1,011' 308 m

High

94' 29 m

Low

924' 282 m

Up

936' 285 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Overview

This is a popular and beautiful area of the Marin Headlands. Enjoy a short section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail where you climb up to amazing views.

Description

Start at Tennessee Valley parking lot and head up the Miwok Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). The bottom section of this trail can be lush and overgrown, which will quickly change into some exposed and sometimes steep switchbacks. Look for wildflowers and native plants along the way as well as sweeping views of the ocean. Turn left onto the Coyote Ridge Trail where you'll get great views of the ocean and amazing topography of the headlands. Cross over the Fox Trail and continue onto the Coastal Trail. You can head west to check out the cove or continue back down to Tennessee Valley Trail and to the parking lot.

Shared By:

philip watkins with improvements by Mary Miller

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 13 votes

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  4.4 from 13 votes
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Photos

Overlooking the Tennessee Valley.
Apr 21, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Heading back toward the parking lot on the Tennessee Valley Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
The men's leaders cruising through the fog.
Sep 11, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Trails above Tennessee Valley.
Apr 25, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tennessee Valley
Jul 26, 2018 near Tamalpa…, CA
Looking northeast
Jul 25, 2018 near Tamalpa…, CA

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Jul 19, 2020
Sari Eisendrath
5.4mi — 1h 00m
Jun 21, 2020
Rah'Shan Ganzy
Hot after 10 AM...Run before 9 5.5mi — 1h 27m
Oct 28, 2018
Ariel Laguilles
Did Tennessee Valley plus some add ons. Nice long climbs in there! 10.5mi — 1h 46m