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Hiking near Sausalito

Hike Some of the Most Scenic and Well Known Trails in the State!

Sausalito is one of the few locations in the greater San Francisco Bay Area that allows hikers to have their pick from an almost infinite variety of trails, views, and difficulty levels in planning a hike. Sausalito is also unique in that it is in such close proximity to many of the most scenic and sought after parks and trails for hikers and trail runners in California, and that all of these hikes are literally available within just a few minutes of the city.

If you are looking for a short stroll in the woods or coastal wetlands and flats, a weekend backpacking trip, or a solid run up one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s highest and most recognizable peaks, Sausalito area parks have something you will enjoy. The sheer variety of options can be a bit overwhelming when planning a hike or run in the Sausalito area, so we’ve put together a short guide to help you get started.

 Hiking Trails near Sausalito:

• Mt. Tamalpais

• Point Reyes National Seashore

• Marin Headlands

• China Camp State Park

• Pacheco Valley Preserve

• Samuel P. Taylor State Park

• Indian Tree Preserve

• Olompali State Park

• And Many More!

Picking Your Hike near Sausalito, CA

Choosing your hike or run near Sausalito can be as simple as deciding what you are in the mood for. Whether it is towering redwood groves or flat wetland views you are looking for you will find it at one of the area parks, and access couldn’t be any easier from Sausalito.

For those looking for the least strenuous of all the hiking options near Sausalito, take a look at almost any of the parks for some of their shorter interpretive trails and lookout and scenic view spaces. Point Reyes National Seashore, Mt. Tamalpais, and the parks near China Camp State Park all have a variety of shorter hikes and interpretive trails to get you out in nature without working up too much of a sweat.

For hikers and trail runners looking for longer or more technical outings, take a look at Mt. Tamalpais or the longer hikes in the Point Reyes area. Mt. Tam in particular is among the favorite hikes of Bay Area residents with its stunning views of the city and beyond, and a wonderful set of hikes over the ridge and down to Stinson Beach.

Camping near Sausalito

If you are in the mood for camping in any of the area parks, they have ample spaces and campgrounds set up for your pleasure as well. Most of the State parks in the area have campgrounds available, including Mt. Tamalpais which can let you start fresh in the morning for your hike and begin at elevation rather than farther down the mountain. For a quick backpacking outing near Sausalito, take a peek at Point Reyes where all campgrounds are strictly walk-in, and you’ll have your choice of mountain solitude or beachside camping for your overnight stays.

Whatever your pleasure, hiking trails near Sausalito, CA are abundant and varied. With access to some of Northern California’s best parks, wherever you end up taking a hike you are sure to be pleasantly surprised!

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