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About Marshall's Beach in San Francisco, California

Marshall’s Beach is a long narrow secluded beach that stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point National Historic Site all the way south to North Baker Beach. Because of the seclusion below steep cliffs this is one of the best-known clothing-optional beaches in San Francisco.

Access to this beach is difficult to find. There are several trails along the bluff that descend long windy paths and stairways if you know where to look. One of the best places to park is at the Golden Gate Overlook parking lot near Battery Godfrey at the end of Langdon Court just off Lincoln Boulevard south of the bridge. Then hike the trail south until you find the safe path down (see our map). The main trail above the cliffs at Marshalls Beach is called the Battery to Bluffs Trail. It connects Battery Godfrey with Battery Crosby (farther south).

At high tide Marshalls Beach can be totally wet so consult tide charts before you go. Swimming is not safe here due to cold water temperatures and rip currents. Many rocks and drift logs are on the beach for sitting on. Note that rocks can come careening down the cliffs so it’s best to stay back from them.

Even if this type of beach isn’t your cup of tea, it is worth stopping at the overlook for the views of the bridge and the Marin Headlands and to explore the military structures nearby. This beach and the land above it are part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Lincoln Blvd & Langdon Ct
San Francisco, CA 94129
Park Name
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Other Names
Golden Gate Beach, Marshall's, Helmet Rock (offshore)
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on beach
Free parking at the Golden Gate Overlook
Hiking, Sunbathing
Military Structures, Viewpoints, Trails, Driftwood, No Facilities
Map of Marshall's Beach
San Francisco County, US
2:20 pm, July 18, 2024
temperature icon 73°F
L: 58° H: 73°
Feels like 72.9 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 10.15
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 6 km
Sunrise: 6:02 am
Sunset: 8:29 pm
Humidity 70 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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