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

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    National Recreation Area California

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    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Gerbode Valley

Southerly view of Gerbode Valley
 
This five-mile loop in the rolling Marin Headlands connects to a network of other trails that rise and fall gently through grassland and coastal chapparal. Keep your eye out for wildlife.

Tips and Highlights

  • Park on Bunker Road in Rodeo Valley, just north of the car bridge at the edge of the Rodeo Lagoon.
  • Take a backcountry hike partway up the Bobcat or Miwok trails.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for bobcat on a warm day or deer at twilight.
  • Enjoy the wildflower extravaganza each spring.
Nature

Bobcats
Though bobcats (Felis rufus) are largely creatures of the night, they can often be seen in the Headlands during the early morning or evening hours-perhaps hunting rodents or rabbit. Bobcat paw marks and scat dot the Headlands, but many mistake their tracks for those of the more elusive mountain lion. Bobcats are most likely to be seen in the Gerbode and Tennessee valleys on nice spring and summer days.

Wildflowers
In the spring, Marin's headlands, hills, and valleys burst with color. The area's foggy coast and dry interior, its hodgepodge of soils, and its many fresh and saltwater zones provide an unusual diversity of wildflower species. Some of the best flower walks are on the Point Bonita Lighthouse, Tennessee Valley, Coastal, Wolf Ridge, and Miwok trails.

Grasses
As part of a parkwide effort to replace invasive species with natives, the National Park Service has been planting native bunch grass in the valley, once overrun by hoof-proof grazing grasses introduced by the Spanish.

Click here for interactive directions to Gerbode Valley.

Did You Know?

Photo of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis).

Alcatraz Island is the site of a large colony of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), the gull species that inhabits the Oregon and California coast. Individuals mate for life and come together each year on Alcatraz to defend their historic territory and raise three chicks.