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Hike
Muir Beach Hike
Where
Muir Beach
Neighborhood
Muir Beach
Price
Free

Finding a cool hiking trail on a hot day can be a challenge in the Bay Area. Most folks head for forested parks, and that's fine, but when I crave sunshine and ocean breezes, I drive to the coast. If you get an early start, Muir Beach Trailhead can be a perfect destination. Unlike the Tennessee Valley Trailhead, you probably won't have a lot of company, since at Muir Beach most visitors head straight for the beach, and the trails are empty.

Go the Extra Mile

Grab classic pub fare at one of the best apr├Ęs spots in Marin, the English countryside-inspired Pelican Inn. Try the Guinness beef stew and a pint of Pelican Pale Ale (made for the inn by Lagunitas Brewing Company). On nice days, spread a blanket on Pelican Inn's huge front lawn.

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Pro Tip

"Stick to the coastal trail with great views of the ocean. The Green Gulch trail is physically demanding, but there isn't anything really notable to see."

Abbas Kothari
Prepare Yourself

"Bring plenty of blankets, its not uncommon for wind and fog to sweep in during the evenings."

Sean Bromage

Three miles west of Muir Woods along the coastline, Muir Beach is a quiet cove, beach, and lagoon favored by locals. Redwood Creek at Muir Beach is home to numerous shorebirds, amphibians, salmon and trout, and marshy, water-loving plants called rushes (Juncus). In addition, the nearly complete restoration project is fostering long-term stewardship by incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Coast Miwoks and providing opportunities for youth in conservation.

1 Cove Ln
Muir Beach, CA 94965
MORE INFO
Muir Beach is closed for restoration until late November.
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Dylan Wyman