Marin Headlands, Marin County
Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
The hilly Marin Headlands offer beaches, hiking trails, historical sites, and superb views of the Bay Area. Begin your trip at the visitor center to learn more about the peninsula's history and nature, and pick up hiking maps. Move on to some of the beaches; dog-friendly Rodeo Beach is an ideal choice if you have canine companion in tow. A number of historical military settlements and fortifications are located here, including the Nike Missile Site SF-88-L, which is open to provide insight into Cold War military strategy. Bring snacks and water with you, as there are no food outlets. Battery Wallace is an especially scenic picnic spot with tables and grills. See Marin Headlands and all Sausalito has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sausalito itinerary maker.
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Pretty much everyone knows about the views from the Headlands, but not everyone knows about Hawk Hill. The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) has been keeping track of the migration from here for 3... read more »
You can enter the Marin Headlands from the 101, either north or south. As you climb the hill into the headlands there are numerous area to park and observe the GGB. Due to the popularity of this locat... read more »
Worth the winding drive up the headlands. Beautiful views of the GGB in the fog. Amazing views looking down the pacific coast on the west side of Golden Gate bridge. Nice easy hiking trail.
Wonderful location that feels isolated while still being very close to SF. Historic buildings from turn of the century army base are in great shape, with high ceilings and big windows in the common room. Look out on a wide green ringed by majestic cypress trees (usually shrouded in cozy fog until midday) over a $1 bottomless cup of fair trade coffee and the pancakes or oatmeal makings that are free and prominent in the kitchen until 11am (be sure to wash and dry your dishes!). Then, it's a short drive to many historic sites (golden gate bridge, Nike missile sites, etc) or hiking trails. The staff here is awesome. There's a game room in the basement (get the pool balls from the front desk), and the hot water in the shower comes on right away.
I have stayed at the HI Marin Headlands Hostel twice so far with reservations for future dates. We just loved our stay both times. The main house has an amazing kitchen with everything one could ever need to cook with. The main hall has games, plenty of couches and wonderful seating for dining. We were able to go for a five mile hike from the hostel and my daughter and I had a great game of basketball on site. The beach is close by and fun to walk along. This is our home away from home. The staff is friendly, well informed and very helpful. Why stay any where else?
Awesome location North of the Golden Gate Bridge. The kitchen and common areas are pretty great too. The cleanliness and repair of the place leaves a bit to be desired. Definitely a rustic feel. This is going to feel more like a throw back to Jr High camp than it is will a stay at a typical hostel. That's isn't an entirely bad thing, but don't come here expecting any accommodations.
TLDR - Great, cheap place to stay if you enjoy nature and want to escape technology for a few days. Super cute hostel in the middle of the Marin headlands. Somewhat difficult to get to - a bus will take you straight to the hostel on the weekends, but during the weekdays and evenings your only option is to take a bus to the freeway exit and call an Uber/Lyft/etc. to get you the rest of the way. Be prepare - cell service is hard to come by, and the WiFi there is pretty slow. They do offer free pancake mix and oatmeal for breakfast, as well as your own linens and towel. Power outlets in the room are hard to come by, but I left my battery pack charging in the main room overnight with no problem. Friendly staff who actually know the area and do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable.
The Marin Hostel had very friendly staff and spacious rooms. It is a large house so even though we had a large party and we're sharing the space with others, it felt like there was plenty of room for everyone. The hostel is close to some really beautiful hiking trails.
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