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. 4.7 mile loop on breezy slopes above Rodeo Lagoon, in the Marin Headlands. Exposure: Full sun. The start of the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop is at the picnic area. Start the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop at the picnic area. Pass through the fire road gate into a parking lot, and cross Bunker Road. Start the Rodeo Lagoon Trail Loop at the picnic area. During the Cold War, anti-aircraft missile stations were constructed on the northern and southern sides of Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands. Radar sites were placed atop Hawk Hill and Hill 88. The next segment of the hike climbs the Coastal Trail back to the starting point. Helpful. Rodeo Lagoon Trail Tips. Considerations : • Toilet facilities are available at the Rodeo Beach parking area near Fort Cronkhite. Marin Headlands Visitor Center for trail maps and advice. 2 Helpful votes. When the military decommissioned these stations, they left the remnants of the buildings and structures in place. 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. First cross the footbridge, heading north towards Bunker Road. Trail traffic: Moderate. If coming from San Francisco on a weekend or holiday, Muni 76x Marin Headlands Express bus is an option. 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… Bird Watching. Go left towards the ocean, following the path around the lagoon. Hill 88 is a must-see for anyone who enjoys urban exploring with 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. The easiest way to visit the headlands is by car. Fort Cronkhite is one of the few examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. Distance, category, and difficulty: This 4.7 mile loop hike is moderately easy, with a few short steep stretches. 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. Go through the tunnel to Ft Baker past Rodeo lagoon and on to the beach good running and hiking there as well. 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. Tips: Pick up the trail at the west end of the visitor center’s parking lot (to the right of the restrooms). Enjoy beautiful views of Rodeo Beach and the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the lagoon. Saw one harbor seal lying on rocks off northwest end of Bunker Hill trail. Displays at the center will help you identify native flora and fauna along the trail. The trail follows along the Rodeo Beach for a few hundred yards. The trail between Rodeo Lagoon and Point Bonita Lighthouse is atop a dune. 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. Highlights: Beach, coastal views. Return to Rodeo Lagoon Loop and continue to follow the path back to the picnic area. First cross the footbridge, heading north towards Bunker Road. 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