Monday, February 17, 2014

Headlands hike: Pirates Cove Loop

Dan on the very point of the Marin headlands coastal lookout: big views to the south
We did this hike over the holiday break with out of town guests, and the views did not disappoint! Unusually warm and dry weather meant crystal clear views-- up to Pt Reyes to the north and Montara mountain to the south.

Trail down to Pirates Cove beach
We started at Tennessee Valley, heading up the Coastal Trail, then dropping down to Pirates Cove to hang out at the beach. The trail down to the beach wasn't as sketchy as I remembered, but it is steep at points.

Pirates Cove beach
We continued on the Coastal Trail, pausing at the lookout near the junction with the Coastal Fire Road.

Back on the Coastal Trail, looking back on Pirates Cove

Muir Beach viewed from Coastal Trail lookout. The beach had reopened following closure for some improvements and we saw a lot of people down there enjoying the day

We returned to Tennessee Valley via the Coastal Fire Road to Fox Trail. Once you move away from the coast, the big ocean views are replaced by rolling hill views. A steep(er) descent down Fox Trail takes you back to Tennessee Valley. I've done this loop in the opposite direction several times, but I like this variation more I think. And the initial climb up Coastal is a bit more gradual than the Fox Trail climb.

What a great day! Hike was about 6.8 miles. Trail map is here.
Route: Tennessee Valley parking lot, Tennessee Valley Trail-> Coastal Trail (continue to Pirates Cove)-> Coastal Fire Road -> Fox Trail->Tennessee Valley Trail

1 comment:

Christine said...

Lovely! I'm jealous.