• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Bolinas Ridge

Bolinas Ridge with Stinson Beach in foreground
 
From the top of Bolinas Ridge take in bird's-eye views up and down the San Andreas Rift Zone. The fault divides Olema Valley, a lovely, undulating landscape, that dips slowly down to the waters of Tomales Bay in the north, and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. The 10.5-mile Bolinas Ridge trail starts in Samuel Taylor Park.

Tips and Highlights

  • The Bolinas Ridge Trail, especially popular with mountain bikers, begins on the ridge line east of Olema Valley, with parking off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
  • The trail crosses rolling coastal range land, enters towering redwoods, and breaks into open chaparral before it reaches its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mount Tamalpais-offering views of Bolinas Lagoon, Tomales Bay, and the Pacific Ocean along the way.
 

Did You Know?

Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker

During World War II, Fort Baker’s Horseshoe Cove was home to the Mine Planting Depot, where soldiers loaded dynamite into electrically-triggered mines that were then arranged in the water just outside the Golden Gate Bridge.