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“Portal to the Pacific”

Tennessee Valley Trailhead
Ranked #5 of 30 things to do in Mill Valley
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Mill Valley, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Portal to the Pacific”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Tennessee Valley is accessible to all, whether walker or experienced hiker. Newly installed ADA bathrooms are available adjacent to parking lot. The undulating trail starts as asphalt, but soon bifurcates to delight the boots of hikers. Strollers and bikes can share the paved roadway. The route is lined with mature trees and tall grasses. You're also likely to see bobcat, quail or even owl as you saunter toward the inviting stretch of sandy beach. Play in the surf, sand and shadows of the cliffs. Spy ships going westward. Somehow the visitors flow in and out like the waves, and now refreshed, you too will head back the 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

Visited October 2013
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Mill Valley, California
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“nice moderate hike”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Tennessee Valley offers numerous hikes from the trailhead. The hike to the beach is a beautiful and gentle hike. A more robust hike is possible both the left and right of the parking area (marincello trail to the left facing the ocean or the Miwok trail to the right).
By the way, I live here and visit at least once a month with friends.

Visited November 2013
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Mill Valley, California
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Long but easy hike”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is my favorite hike in the area because you pass a lagoon and end up at the beach. It's nearly two miles in each direction, and even if you take the higher road, it's an easy hike with a big reward at the end. For more exercise, you can the trail that branches off to the south (to Rodeo Beach) or the one to the north (Muir Beach). You can ride a bike or a horse, but no dogs allowed. Strollers can make it. If you go on the weekend, it's best to wait until mid-afternoon when people start going home. Sometimes you see deer in the hills, and once I saw a bobcat.

Visited October 2013
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Olympia, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“This is a great view”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Sometimes the clouds come in an create an incredible scene.

This is a great place to hike, relax, go to the beach, etc....

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“One of my faves for trail running”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I just realized that in all the times I've been to Tennessee Valley, I have never actually been to the beach. Instead, my runs spread out from the valley in all directions on the amazing trails that start or pass through here.

My favorite trails include:
* Following coastal trail North to Muir Beach, passing the amazing Pirate's Cove along the way (you can choose to follow the trail down to look at the cove or you can turn right to stay on Coastal towards Muir Woods). You can come back on Middle Green Gulch, Coyote and then Miwok
* Taking Marincello trail up the hill, then taking Bobcat down into Rodeo Valley. At the bottom, take Miwok trail back up the hill and turn left onto Old Springs Trail back down to Tennessee Valley.

It is worth noting that it is hard to hike or run from here without doing a lot of climbing. But if you're up for some elevation, this place is hard to beat.

The trailhead has bathrooms but no water supply so make sure your bring some water with you.

Visited August 2013
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