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Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Out-and-Back

  4.2 ( 12 ) Favorite


5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,000' 305 m
Descent: -999' -304 m
High: 889' 271 m
Low: 266' 81 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Trail shared by Phil DiGirolamo

The perfect way to get out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Phil DiGirolamo

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Family Friendly Though it is a 6 mile round trip, approaching and viewing the Golden Gate this way promises to be memorable. The climb is all on the first portion up the Morning Sun Trail. The rest is mostly flat.


If you have only seen the Golden Gate Bridge by approaching from a vehicle, this approach on foot will give you a new perspective!


As you climb up from the Spencer Avenue parking lot located above Sausalito, you'll work up to the Alta Trail through a series of stairs. Your views will be best to the east, and this is a popular spot to take in the sunrise or appreciate views of Southern Marin and the East Bay. All of these sights can be enjoyed while ascending the Morning Sun Trail and the Alta Trail.

Once you reach the Alta Trail turn left to head south, and cover the short distance to the SCA Trail. This singletrack will face west towards the Rodeo Valley. Way off to the west, visitors will notice Chronkite Beach and the Marine Mammal Center.

When the SCA Trail ends at the Coastal Trail, take the left and continue all the way out to Gonzelman Road. This approach to the Golden Gate Bridge can't be more impressive.

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Sep 2, 2019
D Hel
9h 33m
Aug 4, 2019
Gabriela Bushway
Sep 3, 2018
Christina W
Aug 9, 2018
Cindy Chou
Aug 2, 2018
Todd Jaser
Jul 25, 2018
Raymond Wood
Jul 25, 2018
Trenton Short
Jun 3, 2018
Kim Luk
When Alta Trail ends at the paved road (Wolfback Ridge Road), make a right. From the 2nd gate you'll see the trailhead sign for the SCA Trail.

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View from the SCA Trail.
Mar 3, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
What a lucky day for me, no fog!
Mar 2, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
The beginning of the descent into the Rodeo Valley. Where is the drop off?
Mar 2, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
View of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
Mar 3, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
Vegetation as thick and varied as any other nearby canyon.
Feb 20, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
Slippery when wet. Stop to view the flowers. Steep stairs. Wild Iris here and there.
Feb 20, 2016 near Sausalito, CA


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