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Pirates Cove Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.9 (8)

Traveling along coastal chaparral doesn't get any better with views, crashing waves, soaring birds.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

570' 174 m

High

180' 55 m

Low

468' 143 m

Up

307' 94 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Picture just you, the chaparral, the crashing waves, the sky, and a trail that runs along the rugged coast just south of Muir Beach. The Pirate's Cove Trail is probably what you've been imagining.

From the north, connect to this trail from a section of the Coastal Trail at Muir Beach. When you first get on the trail, stand perfectly still and see if you can take in the moan of the buoy that is just off shore. The spooky noise is unique to the area, and is worth a listen.

At the halfway point, you'll be at the cove. There is a little spur that takes you to the occasional beach. Time your trip accordingly, because if the tide is high and or the swell is big, there wont be a beach!

From the cove, the remaining trail becomes quite strenuous; the steps and terrain are steep. Many find that poles are a very good option going up or down this section. Once you reach the top you can opt to head north or south to regain the Coastal Trail.

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Phil DiGirolamo

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Northward bound backpacker taking in the view with his morning snack.
Feb 18, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Great views on the Coastal Trail.
Apr 25, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
View Down Pirates Cove
Nov 6, 2017 near Tamalpa…, CA
This is the perfect place to take a break and soak up the view.
Apr 12, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
On an especially foggy day, you can see the fog rolling over the hills.
May 19, 2018 near Tamalpa…, CA
All your senses are in awe at the end of the Pirate's Cove Trail!
Feb 18, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA

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Nov 23, 2020
Helen Moore
Jul 16, 2018
Venu L
Mar 4, 2018
Jaclyn Rose
Jan 27, 2018
Jessica Huang
Beautiful view 5mi
Jun 15, 2017
Chris Davis
At low tide this is one of the most beautiful spots on this part of the coast I've seen.
Apr 28, 2017
D B
Mar 10, 2017
daniel haim
Jun 18, 2016
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