Marin Headlands Hills and Valleys with Pacific Ocean Backdrop

Of California's astonishingly wide variety of locales in which to hike, the Marin Headlands is one of my favorites (along with Lake Tahoe, as I've mentioned before).



I most often find my hikes by consulting reviews on AllTrails, and the Rodeo Beach Coastal Trail Loop more than lived up to its high rating, although I took some detours.



When I say I like topological diversity in my ocean views, this photo from near the summit of Hill 88 shows what I mean. The Pacific Ocean looms in the background, but leading out to it are hills and valleys covered with greenery and soil. Hiking trails stretch into the distance. I don't want a lazy day on the beach; I want this adventure.