South Headlands Loop (Coast-Miwok-Alta)
ElevationAscent: 1,243' 379 m
Descent: -1,239' -378 m
High: 1,026' 313 m
Low: 45' 14 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Steep hills but level terrain take you through coastal scrub to views from the ridge.”— Ariel Zucker
This is where it gets fun: Miwok winds steeply up to the ridge with little respite. Since you'll probably be going pretty slowly, keep an eye out for hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and other wildlife. Stay right at the junction with the Miwok Trail Connector, which will bring you onto the Bobcat Trail. Follow the grassy Bobcat Trail to the connector to the Alta Trail on your left, and then turn onto Alta Trail in order to stay on the ridge.
The ups and downs of the Alta Trail end at the crossing with Wolfback Ridge Road. Cross the road to the trailhead for both the SCA Trail and Upper Rodeo Trail, and turn left onto the SCA Trail. At this point, the trail is mostly downhill. Continue on SCA Trail to the junction with the Coastal Trail, and then take a final descent on the Coastal Trail back to the parking area.
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