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Tennessee Valley Lollipop

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Trail

4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 761' 232 m
Descent: -761' -232 m
High: 819' 250 m
Low: 92' 28 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Phil DiGirolamo

While the views from this loop can be stunning, heading into the fog is just as enjoyable.

Phil DiGirolamo

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Family Friendly Like most of the Marin Headlands, the Tennessee Valley is widely visitied by families because there is plenty to see and much to explore. Keep an eye on the kids if you do add the beach out and back.

Overview

Leaving the bay area and heading into the Tennessee Valley will put you in wide open coastal country. You'll be traversing this area first at ocean level before climbing on to a beautiful coastal ridge for magnificent views all around. Smell the sagebrush and ocean air. Breathe deeply and feel free.

Need to Know

You are exposed to all the elements here. Bring layers and potentially poles.

Description

This route is a 4.1 mile journey that visitors can stretch out over the course of a hour, or for a whole afternoon depending on the pace. From the well marked Tennessee Valley Trail, the trip starts out flat.

As you head down the valley the hills on both sides of you may be shrouded in fog so you might not know they are there. Continue past the Haypress Camp Trail and on your right, you'll come up on the Fox Trail. Take this trail, and get ready for a nice long climb. There are a couple of steep sections where you'll want to catch your breath and take in the view. Be sure to look all around as you ascend.

Once to the top of the Fox Trail, you'll take a left turn on to the Coastal Trail. At this point, the ocean views will begin to unfold. On a clear day you'll be able to see out to the Farallon Islands. On the way down when you're working your way down the Coastal Trail: Muir Beach - Tennessee Valley , look back toward the ocean and the lagoon and beach will be visible. Once you reach an intersection with the Tennessee Valley Trail, you can go right to head to the beach, or you can go left to return to your car. If you decide to head to the beach you'll add another mile to your total distance.

The return trip on the Tennessee Valley Trail will be a gentle incline, which is relaxing in comparison with the steep climb and descent of the Coastal Trail: Muir Beach - Tennessee Valley.

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Heading back toward the parking lot on the Tennessee Valley Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Trails above Tennessee Valley.
Apr 25, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
This is the perfect place to take a break and soak up the view.
Apr 12, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tennessee Valley
Jul 26, 2018 near Tamalpa…, CA
The men's leaders cruising through the fog.
Sep 11, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA

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