#8 Pirates Cove (North)
Location: Starting at the top of Coastal – go left
Distance: 1.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 417 ft of climbing (-2% grade).
Overall Runs: 6,413 Attempts By 2,553 People
CR: Alex Varner in 10:34 and Chessa Adsit-Morris in 12:04.
My place: 5th, 11:21
Why: Another of the most fun, iconic stretches of trail in all of Marin. While not typically raced for speed (similar to Coastal above Stinson), this segment placing in the top 10 because it has one of the best views and it one of the most fun stretches of trail along the coast. While the descent down to almost the ocean is filled with stairs, rocks, you are rewarded with a steady climb and some rolling single track that you can really pick up speed on. Its one of the more fun stretches along the coast. This stretch of trails is part of the TNF50 and Marin Ultra Challenge Races.
Insider Tip: Once you finish this segment….STOP. Turn around and take in the views. It can be quite foggy and cold, so don’t be too surprised if you don’t get a view at all. During the TNF50 this is a great first spot to watch the race as you get to see the bobbing headlamps descend and ascend the single track trails of Pirates Cove.