• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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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?

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For over a decade, Golden Gate National Recreation Area has worked to decrease its impact on the environment by implementing numerous sustainable practices. More...