May 19 2011

The Marin Headlands

by in North America, United States, West Coast

After driving through Big Sur, we stopped for some delicious clam chowder in Monterey and continued north to San Francisco. The following morning, at my friend Adam’s suggestion, we drove to Battery Spencer, in the Marin Headlands, for some amazing views of Golden Gate Bridge and the city.

Other than seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, we didn’t have any particular plans for that day, so continued driving along Conzelman Road, further into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. And I’m glad we did, because the views were incredible.

We decided to park the car and hike down to the beach

We drove out to the Point Bonita lighthouse, but it was closed.

We came across SF-88, a former Nike Missile Site. I was surprised to see this well-preserved piece of Cold War history in the midst of such beauty. SF-88 is the only restored Nike missile site in the United States. Opened in 1954, this site was part of the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. With the advent of ICBMs, these missile batteries became obsolete, and this site was decommissioned in 1974.

The ranger on-site gives a very thorough tour, and even allows you to ride the missile elevator down into the storage area.

Heading back into the city

The rest of the Bay Area photos are here.

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2 Responses to The Marin Headlands

  1. From anonymous:

    I stumbled upon your blog via Google Images and saw the picture where you hiked down to the beach in the Marin Headlands. I am interested in visiting that beach. Is it Kirby Cove? If not, which beach was it and is it off of the main road? (Conzelman?) THANKS!

    Posted on October 9, 2012 at 10:43 am #
  2. From Lindsay:

    I think it is Bonita Cove. Yes, it is off the main road. Enter these coordinates on google maps: 37.824374,-122.50868

    Posted on October 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm #
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