A fantastic hike that offers great views of Angel Island, Highway 101 and Golden Gate Bridge as the route meanders through green rolling hills. The destination is Black Sands Beach, a long sandy beach with few visitors.
To Black Sands Beach (3.3 miles): From the parking lot, follow the Coastal Trail for 3.2 miles all the way to Conzelman Road where a parking lot for Black Sands Beach is located. Then follow Upper Fisherman's Trail for 0.1 miles to reach Black Sands Beach.
Beach Walk (0.8 miles): Walking the entire length of the beach contributes about a mile to the overall distance. In the west end of the beach there is a rocky formation beyond which the beach continues for another 0.2 miles.
To Parking Lot (3.3 miles): From Black Sands Beach, follow Upper Fisherman's Trail for 0.1 miles, then follow Coastal Trail for 3.2 miles all the way back to the parking lot. You may make a side trip to Slacker Hill, adding about 0.4 miles to the overall distance.