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Submitted By: Caliza on Mar 20, 2013
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Black Sand Beach is a bouldering spot located west of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. From the beach you have a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. A great spot to go to if you can't afford to do a full day trip and are up for a little adventure and exploring. There are two coves, Hidden Cove and Last Cove. Both are a stone's throw away from the ocean and Last Cove is only accessible during low tide and low swell. It is worth checking out for its descent bouldering and proximity to the city; if not just for the great Pacific atmosphere.

Getting There 

From San Francisco, take N101 and exit at Alexander Ave. making a left going underneath the 101 until reaching Conzelman Rd. From Marin, take S101 and take Alexander Ave as well making a left and immediately hitting Conzelman Ave. From both directions, continue up Conzelman Ave until it turns into a one-way road down a steep 18% grade. About 3.5 mile from the 101 there is a paved parking lot on the left. From the lot, walk down the steps to the beach and turn right and walk until you come up to the cliff and hike over the center gulley. On the second beach, you'll first come across Hidden Cove. To get to Last Cove, walk to the end of the second beach until the end. You'll notice an old Army lookout box or bunker positioned on the cliff. Scramble your way through the boulders on a mellow path heading left making your way over to the third beach. Don't go direct over the unstable looking cliff. Once on the third beach, you'll notice a chossy but promising looking cliff on the right and Last Cove is beyond that at the end.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Black Sand Beach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Sand Beach:
Hugs from Thugs   V2+ 5+ PG13     Boulder, 14'   Hidden Cove : Bholláin Muire (Mary's Pas...
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Hugs from Thugs V2+ 5+ PG13  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Bholláin Muire (Mary's Pas...
Starting from the large platform (on the left-hand side of the ocean-side of the largest boulder) The crux of this problem is the third move reaching for a weak grip on a sharp jug. There are strong feet at the beginning to carry the awkward hands and gravity works to your advantage once you've made the move. It's a rough game of finding a deep enough wrinkle to push your toe into for most of the traverse. It won't be much more than a warmup for a good climber, but for a mid-range beginner, it m...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By NorCalNomad
From: San Francisco
Mar 29, 2013
Just wondering why not use the actually name of this area, Rodeo Beach or Fort Cronkhite?
By Andrew Stromme
May 12, 2015
Black Sand Beach is best at super low tides. I built a simple site that shows days with tides below zero feet., let me know if you find it helpful.

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