San Francisco: Rodeo Beach Loop

This 9.6-mile hike offers a tour of the Marin Headlands, then loops to include fine bluff views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. Bring extra clothes; the weather changes quickly.
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This 9.6-mile hike offers a tour of the Marin Headlands, then loops to include fine bluff views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. Bring extra clothes; the weather changes quickly.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.0

Waypoints

RBL001

Location: 37.8323516845703, -122.482231140137

Start at Coastal Trail trailhead at NW edge of parking lot

RBL002

Location: 37.8320999145508, -122.483512878418

Cross road; follow signs for Coastal Trail, enjoy prime views of San Francisco Bay

RBL003

Location: 37.8393325805664, -122.489799499512

L @ 3-way at saddle; serious winds likely

RBL004

Location: 37.8347129821777, -122.494285583496

Cross road and follow Coastal Trail; R @ 3-way ahead

RBL005

Location: 37.831111907959, -122.509742736816

Straight @ 3-way; continue down trail along W side of meadow

RBL006

Location: 37.8317451477051, -122.51237487793

Cross Bunker Rd.; trail widens to dirt parking lot; cross road again and turn L at 3-way onto Rodeo Valley Trail

RBL007

Location: 37.8350296020508, -122.517921447754

Bear L @ Y; then turn L @ 3-way onto Bobcat Trail

RBL008

Location: 37.8338966369629, -122.520484924316

Bear R @ Y onto the multiuse Miwok Trail

RBL009

Location: 37.8326950073242, -122.526542663574

Bear L @ Y, cross road; turn R @ 3-way onto Lagoon Trail that parallels road toward sandy beach

RBL010

Location: 37.8316230773926, -122.536270141602

L @ 3-way, cross bridge to Rodeo Cove Beach; at waterline, turn L and head S along beach to bluffs; watch hawks glide above Bird Island and Point Bonita lighthouse

RBL011

Location: 37.8290481567383, -122.534461975098

L @ bluffs toward Lagoon trailhead on S side of lagoon; head E on trail going uphill, then bear L @ Y

RBL012

Location: 37.8312149047852, -122.525749206543

L @ 3-way near E end of lagoon; follow trail to crosswalk, cross Bunker Road and bear R @ WPT 9 back onto Miwok Trail

RBL013

Location: 37.8352966308594, -122.518928527832

Bear L @ Y and retrace steps via Bobcat, Rodeo Valley and Coastal Trails back to trailhead