Golden Gate National Recreation Area/Marin Headlands,
National Park Service, Marin County
|In brief :
1 mile out and back to a scenic Marin Headlands hilltop.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1 mile out and back hike is easy, with a few short steep stretches. Total elevation change is about 375 feet.
Dirt trail and fire road.
Nice any time.
From northbound US 101 in San Francisco County, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and exit at Alexander (the first exit past the view point turnoff). At the base of the exit ramp bear left, then turn left onto Alexander, pass under 101, and just before the merge back onto 101, turn right onto Conzelman. Drive uphill on Conzelman Road, and follow Conzelman to the (circular) intersection with McCullough. Head around the rotary, then turn right into the parking lot.
From southbound US 101 in Marin County, exit Sausalito (the last exit before the bridge). Drive uphill on Conzelman Road, and follow Conzelman to the (circular) intersection with McCullough. Head around the rotary, then turn right into the parking lot.
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Small dirt parking lot. No entrance or parking fees. Pit toilet at edge of parking lot. There is a handicapped-designated parking spot, but the trail is not wheelchair-accessible or suited to chairs. No maps or water available at trailhead. If you want to pick up a map before you start hiking, stop at the Visitor Center on the way to the trailhead: from the junction of Conzelman and McCullough, turn right onto McCullough and descend to Bunker Road. Turn left and drive to the visitor center near the junction of Bunker and Field.
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, restaurants, and stores about 6 miles north in Marin City. There are a few camping options in the Headlands, including small camps at Kirby Cove and Bicentennial.
Dogs are not permitted.
The Official Story
NPS's GGNRA page.
Marin Headlands Visitor Center 415-331-1540
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from GGNRA (download Marin Headlands Trail Map)
Tom Harrison Maps' Southern Marin Trail Map (order this map from Amazon.com) is a good guide to the area.
A Rambler's Guide to the Trails of Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands, map from Olmsted and Bros (order this map from Amazon.com).
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Slacker Hill is one of those insider locations you'll be glad to have in your hiking arsenal. Although the trailhead is a stone's throw from one of the most heavily-visited tourist spots in the Bay Area (the Golden Gate Bridge overlook on Conzelman) trails are usually almost empty and a short steep climb leads to a vantage point with exceptional views.
Total distance: 1 mile