Helpful. Read more. If coming from San Francisco on a weekend or holiday, Muni 76x Marin Headlands Express bus is an option. Rodeo Lagoon Trail Tips. 58 degrees, overcast, windy. Bird Watching. First cross the footbridge, heading north towards Bunker Road. Considerations : • Toilet facilities are available at the Rodeo Beach parking area near Fort Cronkhite. When the military decommissioned these stations, they left the remnants of the buildings and structures in place. Displays at the center will help you identify native flora and fauna along the trail. Rodeo Lagoon and (upper left) Rodeo Beach, as seen from trail loop. Walked from Marine Mammal Center parking lot, up Bunker Hill, down to Rodeo Lagoon, along North side of lagoon and back up to end of Bunker Road. Start the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop at the picnic area. The start of the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop is at the picnic area. Return to Rodeo Lagoon Loop and continue to follow the path back to the picnic area. There are a wide variety of birds that make Rodeo lagoon (an ever changing mix of fresh- and salt-water) their home, as well as several species that pass through on their way north or south. Radar sites were placed atop Hawk Hill and Hill 88. Tips: Pick up the trail at the west end of the visitor center’s parking lot (to the right of the restrooms). Be careful; when the lagoon is full of hikers may find themselves close to road, so be sure young boys keep safely to the trail. Rodeo Lagoon Trail … The Rodeo Valley Trail is a historic ranch road that runs north of Bunker Road from Wolfback Ridge to Bobcat Trail in the Marin Headlands. Trail traffic: Moderate. Pass through the fire road gate into a parking lot, and cross Bunker Road. The next segment of the hike climbs the Coastal Trail back to the starting point. Be careful; when the lagoon is full of hikers may find themselves close to road, so be sure young boys keep safely to the trail… Go left towards the ocean, following the path around the lagoon. Hill 88 is a must-see for anyone who enjoys urban exploring with Enjoy beautiful views of Rodeo Beach and the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the lagoon. 4.7 mile loop on breezy slopes above Rodeo Lagoon, in the Marin Headlands. Getting Here By Bus. Total elevation change is about 1050 feet. The easiest way to visit the headlands is by car. Start the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop at the picnic area. Go left towards the ocean, following the path around the lagoon. Exposure: Full sun. First cross the footbridge, heading north towards Bunker Road. Located in the Marin Headlands north of Rodeo Lagoon, Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post that stands at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. 2 Helpful votes. In 2011 and 2012, the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service rehabilitated the trail to improve visitor access, restore riparian habitat, reduce trail flooding during the winter, and create a safer, more scenic alternative to Bunker Road. Highlights: Beach, coastal views. Distance, category, and difficulty: This 4.7 mile loop hike is moderately easy, with a few short steep stretches. During the Cold War, anti-aircraft missile stations were constructed on the northern and southern sides of Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands. The Lagoon Loop Trail is 1.5 miles, but can be extended by adding a visit up the hill to the Marin Headlands Visitor Center, or exploring longer trails in any of several directions. Fort Cronkhite is one of the few examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. Share. Go left towards the ocean, following the path around the lagoon. Date of experience: November 2020. 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