6 days/5 nights
June 10 – 15, 2018 6 days/5 nights
(2 nights Hostel + 3 nights camping)
Celebrate the 1970’s creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation
Area and view the award-winning film: “Rebels With A Cause”
documenting the establishment of the first urban National Park in
the United States. Hike through Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir
Woods National Monument, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, and Golden
Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Summer fog permitting,
expect hiking with rugged coastal views combined with the
t ranquility of old growth redwood forests.
Max Capacity: 20
The Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Mount Tamalpais State Park:
camping, lodging & parking fees; guided hiking; dinners, hot water/coffee & light breakfast fixings; gear haul; shuttle transportation
Make Sure to Bring:
Suggested packing list will be provided to hikers before the trip, along with more details about trip logistics.
Average Daily Hiking:
6 to 10 miles per day; total hiking of 45 miles
Types of Hiking Surfaces:
Dirt or gravel trails, soft sandy beaches, some rocks and irregular terrain
Elevation Gains & Losses:
Hikes are all at or near sea level, with daily elevation gains of 1000 ft or less.
Must be able to hike up to 10 miles per day over 6 consecutive days.
Marin Rebels Coastwalk – Daily itinerary
Sunday, June 10
Arrive at Marin Headlands Hostel via car or public transportation. Our vehicles will remain here for the duration of our hike. At 1 pm we will proceed to the Pt. Bonita lighthouse. On the return hike to the hostel we will point out areas of interest such as the Visitor Center, Rodeo Beach, and coastal fortifications, as well as the numerous short hikes available in the immediate area. The Marin Headlands has a long history as a military location with structures that now seem as ruins of past civilizations dating from the civil through the cold war. (Hike distance 5-6 miles)
6 PM: Dinner
After dinner, we will show the film, “Rebels with a Cause”. A documentary about the land conservation movement in this area in the 60’s. Those efforts were rewarded with the parks we traverse on this Coastwalk.
Monday, June 11
Breakfast 6-8 AM
Leave the hostel at 9 AM. We will be returning to the hostel so personal items may be left in place or secured in our portage wagon. Bring just your desired day-hiking items. We will board transportation and shuttle to the toll plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and begin our trek north. After walking across the G G Bridge we will continue along the Coastal Trail as it climbs the Marin Headlands to the summit at Hawk Hill. At all points along our route we are provided with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and its coastlines North and South, as well as San Francisco and the bay area. There will be a lunch break along the way, as well as ample rest and photo breaks at several of the most scenic locations. We will continue our return to the Hostel where hikers should have ample time to explore more of the area on their own. (Hike distance 6-8 mi)
6 PM: Dinner
After dinner, some staff may need to return to San Francisco that evening to retrieve a vehicle. Hikers are welcome to join the excursion and view the lights of the city and bridge.
Tuesday, June 12
Breakfast 6-8 AM
Camping gear will be loaded into the Coastwalk wagon for transport to our next camping location. At 9 AM, we walk 1-2 mi to the Marine Mammal facility for a private tour. Afterward we will hike along Rodeo Lagoon to the beach and an ascent along the Coastal and Wolf Ridge trail; a challenging ascent whose reward is, once again, an ever-changing perspective of the ocean, its coastline, as well as the majestic forests beneath the peak of Mt. Tamalpais to the North. Our trek transits property which was slated in the 60’s to become the city of Marincello. We will arrive at our evening’s destination: Haypress Group Camp. The Chuck wagon will be at camp with your gear.
(Hike distance 6 mi)
Dinner at 6PM
Wednesday, June 13
Breakfast 6-8 AM.
Breakfast 6-8. Camping gear will reloaded onto the wagon for transport to our final camping site. At 9am We will hike the Coastal and Pirates Cove trail to Muir Beach where we will pause for lunch. The hike will then ascend along the Coast View trail until it intersects with the Dipsea Trail. From this summit we will descend to Stinson Beach. Time will be allotted to allow hikers to explore the beach and community facilities before we board our vehicle for the 30 min shuttle to the Olema Campground for our two remaining nights. Showers are available. Dinner will be at 6PM
(Hike distance 10 mi)
Thursday, June 14.
Breakfast 6-8 AM. At 9am we will board the shuttle for a short drive into the Point Reyes National Seashore to the Estero trailhead. This hike follows Drake’s Estero and Drake’s Bay, offering some of the best long distant views of the Point Reyes coastline. The Estero Trail ends at Muddy Hollow where our transport will return us to the Olema Campground. Dinner will be at 6pm and hikers will have the option of eating at the camp or dinning at the nearby community of Point Reyes Station.
(Hike Distance 10 mi)
Friday, June 15.
Breakfast 6-8 AM. We break camp and load all gear into our transport wagon. At 9am we will shuttle to another area of the Golden Gate National Seashore for our final hike. This will mark the completion of our hiking adventure but awe inspiring views will continue during our return shuttle along Hwy 1 to our vehicles. Plans are to arrive by 2pm
(Hike distance 6mi)
Bob Adams will be our guide and hike leader. Bob and his team have hiked and explored the trails of west Marin for many years, and have led numerous Sierra Club trips as well as Coastwalk trips.
” I was born to a mom that loved taking her dogs for long walks. It was the 50’s & 60’s and San Francisco was a much less “developed” area, offering large areas to hike or we would drive to one of the many open coastal properties nearby for a daily 4-6 mile walk. My dad would arrange family gatherings, camping throughout the West. (The Firefalls and bear feedings at Yosemite are well remembered). I then spent 24 years as a crew member in the Air Force which afforded me access to hiking and camping opportunities throughout the globe. Alone, with family or like-minded groups I have spent my years with a love of the outdoors. I joined Coastwalk several years ago for another opportunity to discover new hiking and camping experiences. This is my first year as a hike organizer. I look forward to soon sharing some of my favorite hiking areas with like minded friends”.