|Muir Beach Overlook and Trail Head|
The trail started out fairly easy, the views were wonderful and the breeze refreshing. We passed people on the trail but there weren't so many that it ever felt crowded. Some had dogs (yes, they're allowed on the Coastal trail and at Muir Beach) but they were all well behaved and friendly (the dogs I mean, but so were the people!).
|Why, this is easy!|
|Don't swim in Pirates Cove!|
|Picnic Spot on the Coastal Trail|
|It was a tad windy!|
|Not too tired yet . .|
|Mom's trailing now . .|
|The Tennessee Valley, Lagoon and Beach|
Our return trip was tough - for me that is - everyone else seemed re-energized. I slowly plodded up the hill, stopping now and then to rest my screaming leg muscles and sometimes take a photo. My son had to learn that a non-stop stream of verbal "encouragement" is not welcome when it's taking everything to put just one foot in front of the other!
|"You can do it, Mom! Don't think about your legs, don't think about how much they hurt . ."|
|Can anyone name this flower? I can't . .|
|I'm guessing a thistle . .?|
|The Pelican Inn - a "real" English pub!|
The Beaches: strong tides and rip currents - too dangerous for swimming.
If you go: Allow at least 4 hours; bring sunscreen, plenty of water, food, and layers of clothing.
Directions: From San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and drive north on U.S. 101 for four miles. Take the Mill Valley/Stinson Beach/Highway 1 exit and continue straight for one mile. Turn left on Shoreline Highway and drive 5.2 miles, then turn left on Pacific Way (by the Pelican Inn). Drive 0.5 miles on Pacific Way to the Muir Beach parking lot. The trail begins near the parking lot restrooms.