One of my favorite things about Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is its accessibility to hiking. Within an hour or less from urban life, you can be hiking on challenging trails with a view of the ocean or in the shade of redwood trees.
On my last visit to Marin, a friend and I went for a hike in the Tennessee Valley area of the Marin Headlands.
It was a blustery but sunny day. We hiked along the Tennessee Valley Road to the confluence of the Old Springs Trail and took a left, eventually turning on the Wolf Ridge Trail toward Hill 88.
What was once a former Nike Missile Radar Station, Hill 88 is now graffiti covered buildings with incredible views of the city.
After exploring Hill 88, we hiked back along the Wolf Ridge trail, wondering about the cannon we could see far below (but without the time or the inclination to discover it for ourselves).
Instead we headed back down the Coastal Trail, toward Tennessee Valley Road and our car. Soon we were back in civilization, eating tacos for lunch (see Tacos in Sausalito), and going about our day.
For a map of the trails in the Marin Headlands click here.
Trip taken: January 2014.