• 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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Kirby Cove

Kiby Cove facing east with panoramic view of San Francisco & Bay

Descend through a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine to a one of a kind view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay looking east to a panorama view of the city

The steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road-eye-level with the bridge's towers.Kirby Cove also features a campground with four campsites, each accommodating up to 10 people (parking restricted to three vehicles per site). Pit toilets, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and fire rings are available, but there's no water for drinking and hygiene.
For more details and to make required reservations, please visit the National Park Service website or call (415) 331-1540.

Tips and Highlights

  • Although campsites are available by reservation only, the public is invited to walk the trail and picnic on the beach or bluffs.
  • Walk in your own water, and plan on an uphill walk back up from the cove.
  • Make reservations for campsites well in advance.
  • Scan the skies in autumn for migrating hawks, kestrels, harriers, falcons, and other raptors.
  • The waves are usually gentle on this beach, but there is no lifeguard.
  • Explore Battery Kirby (1898-1934) by the cove's beach.
  • Kirby Cove presents challenges to visitors with disabilities. Arrangements can be made in advance to allow vehicle access to the picnic site for disabled guests with a valid DMV placard; call (415) 331-1540.

Did You Know?


A 1° F increase in average temperature seen in California over the last 100 years has led to Sierra snow melting 2 to 4 weeks earlier and flowers blooming 1 to 2 weeks earlier. Temperatures are predicted to increase another 1° to 2° F in the next 25 years.