Panorama of Hill 88 Loop hike in North Bay of San Francisco, California
Panorama of Hill 88 Loop hike in North Bay of San Francisco, California

Hill 88 Loop hike

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Hill 88 Loop hike

Distance: 5.3mi
Elevation: 1,325ft
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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Hill 88 Loop, located in the Golden Gate Recreation Area in Marin County, is an excellent choice for dog lovers who wish to take their four-legged friends on hiking adventures near the beach. This is a great trail with amazing views, but if you do not like dogs be sure to avoid the busy times of day!

Hill 88 Loop hike Map

Getting there

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take exit 442 onto Alexander Ave. Then take a left onto Bunker Road and follow it for 3.1mi, and it turns into Mitchell Road. Park at the Fort Cronkhite Parking Lot at the end of Mitchell Road.

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When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Parking lot

Pets allowed

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Loop


Hill 88 Loop
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Route Description for Hill 88 Loop

The Hill 88 Loop starts across the street from the parking lot and heads out on a path beside Mitchell Road, going past Rodeo Lagoon. This part of the route goes for 0.7mi then use the crosswalk to access the Miwok Trail Trailhead. This happens when Mitchell Road / Bunker Road goes right.

Once on the Miwok Trail stay on this trail for 1.7mi as it curves around to the left. When you come to a junction, make a sharp left to switch to the Wolf Ridge Trail.

After being on the Wolf Ridge Trail for 0.7mi switch to the left trail which is called the Coastal Trail. Climb this trail to the top of Hill 88, which is the site of an old military radar control center. The views from the top of Hill 88 are spectacular!

Once back down the hill go left when you get back to the Wolf Ridge Trail. You are now on the Coastal Trail. Keep left at the next 5 forks to stay on the Coastal Trail.

At the 6th fork make a right to start the descent down the hill. Then continue to follow signs for the Coastal Trail until you reach the parking lot.

Insider Hints

  • This hike is 100% dog friendly, most of the Golden Gate Recreation Area is dog friendly!

  • The parking lot fills up on the holidays and weekends, be sure to arrive early in the day to get a parking spot.

  • If you have some time plan on exploring the old ruins of the Batteries and other structures within the park just off the trails.

  • Consider stopping off at Rodeo Beach after your hike. We love this beach, and can spend a long time enjoying the ocean views and watching surfers catch waves in Rodeo Cove.

Comments

Francine Robertson 2 years ago

Good place for bot hiking and learning military history. Awesome views.

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MichaelShulman 2 years ago

We decided to explore the old ruins of the Batteries after the hike, and we highly recommend doing it with this hike.

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Nora T. 2 years ago

Awesome of the coastline and the city.

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Stumpyboots 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful views and a great hike.Will definitely go back

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Kenny Walks 2 years ago

A great hike so close to San Francisco! Enjoy the views from the top and take your time wandering the myriad paths that crisscross the coast on your way back down.

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Stevie M 2 years ago

You won't regret taking this hike. You'll have access to the amazing views of the city, the ocean, hills and beach.

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psalm 2 years ago

It was a simple yet incredibly charming area for walks and sight-seeing.

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Charles W. 2 years ago

Great place. It's very busy with children and dogs around.

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Gordon Y. 3 years ago

Simply amazing. Lots of dogs around. Pretty fun until they start barking at each other.

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Shiloh R. 3 years ago

Had an awesome time exploring the ruins of the batteries after doing this hike. It was so cool.

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