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Tennessee Valley: Ridge Trail to Coast Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice ascent is rewarded with iconic views of the Marin headlands.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Loop

1,011' 308 m

High

94' 29 m

Low

924' 282 m

Up

936' 285 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This is a popular and beautiful area of the Marin Headlands. Enjoy a short section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail where you climb up to amazing views.

Description

Start at Tennessee Valley parking lot and head up the Miwok Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). The bottom section of this trail can be lush and overgrown, which will quickly change into some exposed and sometimes steep switchbacks. Look for wildflowers and native plants along the way as well as sweeping views of the ocean. Turn left onto the Coyote Ridge Trail where you'll get great views of the ocean and amazing topography of the headlands. Cross over the Fox Trail and continue onto the Coastal Trail. You can head west to check out the cove or continue back down to Tennessee Valley Trail and to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

philip watkins with improvements by Mary Miller

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 12 votes

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  4.4 from 12 votes
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Photos

Overlooking the Tennessee Valley.
Apr 21, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Heading back toward the parking lot on the Tennessee Valley Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
This is the perfect place to take a break and soak up the view.
Apr 12, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Trails above Tennessee Valley.
Apr 25, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Wow, look where we just came up from!
Feb 16, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tennessee Valley
Jul 26, 2018 near Tamalpa…, CA

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Feb 10, 2021
Fanny Suárez
Jan 3, 2021
k c
~2-2.5hr hiking time? Started at 12, finish ~1pm with lunch/photos — 2h 30m
Dec 30, 2020
Randy Henry
Good trail, very crowded on the last section. 5.4mi — 2h 45m
Aug 25, 2019
Leah S
Foggy with a few moments of sun
Jul 27, 2019
Courtney B
Apr 9, 2019
Emily Morgan
Mar 17, 2019
Slava Leonov
Oct 27, 2018
Bryan Hwu
Added in Pirate's Cove and Tennessee beach 8mi — 5h 00m