Hiking in Marin

Outdoor Activities at Cavallo Point

You don’t need to go far from the city to get outside! Leave the hustle and bustle behind and head to Cavallo Point, nestled within the 75,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Take in stunning views, drink in the fresh air and soothing breezes, and explore! With more than 350 acres of trails for running, hiking, and biking, plus wide-open spaces and protected areas, there’s plenty of space for you and your family and friends to slow down, stretch out, and recharge your batteries. The tranquil setting within America’s most popular National Park  is the perfect place for a much-anticipated (and well-deserved) escape. 

From Cavallo Point, guests can easily access the Marin Headlands, Horseshoe Cove, Battery Yates, Battery Cavallo, Battery Duncan, Yellow Bluff, and the Fort Baker Bay Trail, among other nature areas. And, of course, the conveniences of the city aren’t far away. Start your day with a warm summer “rocking chair” moment, with coffee and fresh pastries on your deck. Spend the afternoon exploring hiking trails, flying kites on playful Bay winds, or biking to breathtaking views. In the evening, curl up by the outdoor fire pit with a nightcap or watch the city sparkle from an outdoor dining table. Take a break at Cavallo Point and get back to nature – your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

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Hop on one of our Vintage Electric bikes and explore the beautiful spaces beyond the Golden Gate, or let an experienced guide take the lead with an E-Mountain Bike tour. Vintage Electric bikes are available on a first come first serve basis and can be checked out from the valet stand in front of the Lodge. Bikes rentals come with a helmet, lock, and a map of the Bay Area. E-Mountain Bikes tours does require advanced reservations.

Kayak the San Francisco Bay


One of the most spectacular ways to explore Cavallo Point is from the water, and just a short stroll from the resort, you’ll find kayaks available for guided tours on San Francisco Bay. These tours are perfect for first-timers and experienced paddlers alike! After a safety and instruction orientation, head onto the bay for incredible views and a brand-new perspective. 

Watercolor class at Cavallo Point

Private Watercoloring Class

Let yourself go and allow Cavallo Point's resident artist to help you truly experience the colorful beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. A watercolor class with fine artist Lucinda Eubanks has something to offer everyone. Whether you are a beginner and want to learn the basics, an intermediate who would like to pick up a new technique, or an advanced artist who left your supplies at home, the class can be geared to all levels of skill. You need only to bring your desire to be creative and have fun.

Lucinda will start off with planning the basics of your painting, followed by an overview on color, including which colors to mix when painting the Golden Gate Bridge. You will learn different techniques such as washes and glazes and finally, how to care for your painting once it is finished. Quality art supplies will be provided to each painter, including an easel.  

$150 per person
Optional matting, $15 per painting

To reserve your easel, please call our Healing Arts Center & Spa at (415) 339-4767.

For groups of 5 or more, please contact our Activities Manager at (415) 339-4763.

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Outdoor Dining

We believe food just tastes better outdoors – and at the legendary Farley Bar, every seat is the best seat in the house. Dine on breakfast, lunch, and dinner al fresco, feast on weekend brunch, or sip on a nightcap under the stars. Take-out options are also available for a picnic meal or a relaxed dinner in your room or suite. 


We offer private hikes for our guests & we can customize routes for a group but the following are six recommended hikes that begin and end here at the lodge.


Chapel Steps to Bay Trail Hike

$200 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

More of a stroll than a hike, you will be led under a grove of eucalyptus trees and to the retired Battery Yates along the coastline.  This simple yet serene trek leads you up into the hills behind Ft. Baker and down into Horseshoe Cove, providing picturesque views of the former military post, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay.  This walk is perfect for those wanting to experience a piece of Marin’s natural beauty without the workout.

Distance: 2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy
Time: Approximately 1 hours (roundtrip)

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Battery Spencer Hike

$250 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

Hike under the Golden Gate Bridge up to Battery Spencer overlooking the Oceanside of the San Francisco Bay. Built in 1897 as part of the Harbor Defense of San Francisco, Battery Spencer was a concrete coastal gun battery for the U.S. Coastal Artillery. Now retired, this battery serves as a lookout point with some of the best views one can get of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. You definitely do not want to forget your camera when going on this particular jaunt!

Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Low moderate
Time: Roughly 1.5-2 hours (roundtrip)

Couple hiking overlooking Golden Gate Bridge

Coastal Trail to SCA Trail

$250 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

Saunter amongst California’s Golden Poppies as you take the Coastal Trail up into the Marin Headlands.  This hike is the launching point from Ft. Baker to the many trails scattered throughout the headlands. Roundtrip, this hike can take up to 2.5 hours, but may be longer if you decide to venture farther into Marin’s countryside. Taking along a camera might be a wise choice, as you will get pleasant views of San Francisco and the rest of the Bay.

Distance:  3 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours (roundtrip)

Marin Hiking

Kirby Cove Hike

$300 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

Kirby Cove nestles at the foot of the Marin Headlands just west of the Golden Gate Bridge.  From Ft. Baker, the hike up Conzelman Rd. and down through a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine to the beach takes a little over an hour or so.  At the cove, you will find a pristine wedge of course-sand beach with a fabulous view of the Golden Gate Bridge and northern San Francisco—and you might even spy a whale!

Distance: 4.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Low moderate
Time: Approximately 2-2.5 hours (roundtrip)

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Slacker Ridge

$350 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

Connect to this amazing peak from the Coastal Trail, and you will receive some of the best views of the Marin Headlands, San Francisco, the Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.  Walking from Murray Circle, it can take anywhere from 1-2hrs to reach the lookout.  Despite its name, this trail is hardly for “slackers,” as its last half mile boasts a steady incline.  Reach the top, though, and you will see (weather permitting) the panorama that makes this journey worth it all!

Distance: 4 to 4.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: Approximately 2 – 3 hours (roundtrip)

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Rodeo Valley Trail to Bobcat Trail

Price: $400 for up to 6 people (above 6 people is $20 per person)

Dip into the Rodeo Valley and fall into the trance of tranquility that this region can provide to a hiker.  From Ft. Baker, this route can take up to five hours or so to return to Cavallo Point Lodge, wherein you will come across Red Tail Hawks flying overhead, or maybe even a Mission Blue Butterfly perched on some local Lupine.  At the peak of elevation along this particular trek, you will be rewarded (weather permitting, of course) with amazing views of the valley, Rodeo Beach and the powerful Pacific Ocean.

Distance: 8.5 - 10 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: Approximately 5 hours (roundtrip)

Other Outdoor Activities

There’s so much more to explore in this beautiful setting. Ride, soar, paddle, fly. You’ll find lots of ways to have fun in the sun at Cavallo Point. Find out what adventure is waiting for you at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.


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