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Pirates Cove Trail

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Length

1.5 Miles 2.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

468' 143 m

Ascent

-307' -94 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

570' 174 m

High

180' 55 m

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Traveling along coastal chaparral doesn't get any better with views, crashing waves, soaring birds.

Phil DiGirolamo

Overview

Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Picture just you, the chaparral, the crashing waves, the sky, and a trail that runs along the rugged coast just south of Muir Beach. The Pirate's Cove Trail is probably what you've been imagining.

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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Jan 27, 2018
Jessica Huang
Beautiful view 5mi
Jun 15, 2017
Chris Davis
At low tide this is one of the most beautiful spots on this part of the coast I've seen.
Apr 28, 2017
D B
Jun 18, 2016
Kamie Patuck
Stunning place to view the pacific ocean for the first time. 3mi — 1h 30m

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  5.0 from 4 votes

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