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greenBlue Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Out-and-Back

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Trail

5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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.

Overview

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

Description

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 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.
May 21, 2018
Vivian Wong
Quite the breeze of a hike. Quite doable. Was a little rushed trying to get to work on time. The trail is muddy under the trees. 6.3mi
Jan 27, 2018
Jey Balachandran

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  4.2 from 11 votes

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