Today, I want to share with you my awesome coastal hike at San Francisco, CA. Let me bluntly tell you where my best spot to take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, Hawk Hill. Before I jump right into the trail review and the beauty of it, I thought I should tell you a little bit of Hawk Hill.
What’s interesting about Hawk Hill is that it has an amazing history to it. Hawk Hill is located at the Marin Headlands and is known for its military missile during World War II. It is used to defend against attacks from the air. The missile guns was hidden underneath a dome like mountain hill to camouflage from any air craft from above. Then during the Cold War, the missiles were taken down and another defense system was created and it was used during the Korean War in the ’70s. For more information on its full history click here .
Level of difficulty was moderate. The weather was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike to Black Sand Beach is 1.2 miles. Time completion was 2.5 hours.
Now, let’s start talking about the fun part of my hike. I suggest you to go early for parking. There is not enough parking for everyone. My plan was to be there by 6 am, however my alarm did not go off. I got there at 8, which was still roughly early. The view to the Golden Gate Bridge was AMAZING! Words can not expressed the feeling. I brought plenty of water, I made 4 chicken sandwiches, trail bars, phone camera and along with my trekking poles. Check out my product review of Zero. Mile. Mark trekking poles here.
Hawk Hill was beautiful and full of history. There are short trail loops to an overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge and a tunnel that lead me to the historical missile. It’s pretty awesome and spooky. There were graffiti’s on the wall. The are two rooms however I did not dare to go in as it is very dark. My cell phone flashlight couldn’t even shine through the darkness. I think what would be interesting was to have a few zombies popped out of the darkness and started chasing me. Haha, but really, it was spooky.
I took the trail to Black Sand Beach and that was 1.2 miles from Hawk Hill. The view was astonishing. I kid you not, the beach was beautiful and calm. The sand was literally black. No wonder the beach is called Black Sand Beach. I sat there for half an hour to enjoy the crashing waves with my chicken sandwich and exfoliate my feet.
The hike back to Hawk Hill was tiring. It was a constant climb. Thank goodness I brought a lot of water. By the time I got back to the car, the number of cars and people tripled. I’m so glad I got there early otherwise it would be hard to find parking.
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