Hiking to Muir Beach, California

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  • Distance: 6.5 miles, out-and-back

  • Congestion: High

  • Difficulty: Moderate (many steep uphill sections)

  • Elevation gain: 1,700ft

  • Parking Pass: N/A

  • Dog friendly: Yes, on leash

  • Bathrooms: Yes

  • Other: Views of the Pacific Ocean and coast, wildflowers in the spring and whale watching during migrations. Bonfire pits on the beach as well.

Hey hey hey! If you’ve been following along for a while then you know that last year for my sister’s birthday, we went to Zion National Park to hike and explore the desert. This year, we did something a little bit different and spent 5 days in San Francisco!! During our say in San Francisco, we rented a car for the day and drove out to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to do a little bit of hiking. We parked at the trailhead for the Tennessee Valley and took the trail to Muir Beach. It was harder than anticicpated as a majority of the hike is either going straight up or downhill. Nonetheless, it was a great workout and an absolutely beautiful day. As you can see from the pictures, the views of the Pacific Coast are endless during every inch of this hike. Once you get to Muir Beach you can sit and relax and eat a snack if you brought it. During low tide, you can walk along the cliffs and explore little tidepools and during high tide you can most likely find some surfers. I highly recommend this hike!