SAUSALITO REAL ESTATE
Sausalito is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car and ferry traffic. Developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II, the city’s industrial character gave way in postwar years to a reputation as an artistic enclave, as a picturesque residential community (incorporating large numbers of houseboats), and as a tourist destination. Due to its location at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito receives a steady stream of visitors via the bridge and a ferry service from San Francisco. It retains one of the few ungated marinas in the Bay Area that attracts visitors. The Sausalito houseboat community consists of more than 400 houseboats of various shapes, sizes, and values, along the north end of town, approximately two miles from downtown. Otis Redding, musician, wrote “Dock of the Bay” while staying on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito in 1967.
Hikes In Sausalito
The restoration of the Rodeo Valley Trail will be almost complete when work that began in 2011 is finished this fall. The riparian habitat has been restored, trail flooding has been reduced and pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian access from Fort Baker and Sausalito has been improved. This new alternative to Bunker Road is now safer and more picturesque.
Bay Trail at Fort Baker
In 2009, improvements were made along the East Road Bay Trail near Sausalito. In the near future, other changes to the Bay Trail alignment on the Fort Baker waterfront will allow easier access to the historic army post and Marin coast.
Hill 88; 1,500 feet; 4-mile loop
Bring your camera for this hike to a former Nike missile site. Park in Sausalito’s Rodeo Beach lot, find the trail to your right and continue up.
In Fort Cronkhite
Starting from the southernmost part of the county, the Marin Headlands offers countless long and short loops and trails. These two dog-on-leash-friendly routes both start from the Rodeo Beach parking lot at Fort Cronkhite.
Old Bunker Road Loop (1.5 miles)
This is a scenic, mostly paved road that circles the Rodeo Beach area. Start at the Coastal Trail trailhead at the north end of the Rodeo Beach parking lot. Wind up the fairly steep fire road, staying to your right. The trail flattens out and intersects with Old Bunker Road. Keep right on Old Bunker as it circles back toward the buildings via a metal gate. Continue on the paved road to Kirkpatrick Road, which leads back to the parking lot. The road has been damaged by erosion and earthquakes but can still be navigated by a “sport utility” (jogging) stroller, though not by a wheelchair.
Hill 88 Loop—Coastal Trail to Wolf Ridge to Miwok Fire Road (5.1 miles)
This longer, more strenuous hike circumnavigates Hill 88 above Rodeo Beach. Start at the Coastal Trail trailhead at the north end of the Rodeo Beach parking lot. Wind up the fairly steep fire road, staying to your right. Where the trail intersects with Old Bunker Road, veer to the left and look for the continuation of the trail on the right, in the middle of a small grove of cypress trees. The ascent is steep, with a rocky staircase. Veer right at the top and continue on the paved road to your left.
Just before the summit, go right onto the Wolf Ridge trail, which continues across the back side of Hill 88, and right again on Miwok Fire Road. Head down to the floor of Gerbode Valley, and keep to the right. Miwok eventually hits Bunker Road. Cross the road, and walk along Rodeo Lagoon back to the parking lot.
South on Hwy 101 to the Sausalito exit. Left onto Lateral Rd, right on Conzelman Rd, right at McCullough Rd, left on Bunker Rd. Veer left toward Fort Cronkhite. Park at the Rodeo Beach parking lot; trailhead is at the north end.