Hawk Hill Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.8 mi
538 ft
5.8 %


Page Contributor(s): Ian Dennis, Occidental, CA


This is a short climb which offers the greatest views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge of any climb in the Bay Area.  There is also a wonderful 18 mile loop that begins at the southern GGB parking lot, crosses the Golden Gate, travels up to Hawk Hill and loops around the Marin Headlands back to the GGB and the start - Map

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The pavement is nothing short of pristine. Traffic is not a concern and there is a bike lane for the first 2/3 of the climb until the roundabout. 

Two of the best places to park to start a ride in San Francisco are the parking lots on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge: maps: (North)    (South)  
We always start our rides from one of these two locations - Check out our Ride Suggestions in the Full Summary for full ride ideas including this climb. 
Climb is short and you'll find all the provisions you need in the immediate area.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
There's an extremely popular 18 mile loop across the GGB which includes Hawk Hill (Route). For more ideas to plan your climb, check out our full ride ideas in the Full Summary. 

Needless to say, there's no shortage of world class hotels in the San Francisco area, and if you're staying in or near the city you absolutely cannot miss out on attempting a few of the Top 10 Steepest Climbs in San Francisco.

We also recommend staying on the east side of the bay, either in Walnut Creek (access to Mt. Diablo) or the San Jose area (access to Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Umunhum), three of our all-time favorite bike climbs in California.



Difficulty: Easy



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Sep 5, 2021
Even better if you start from the bottom of Conzelman Dr (Fort Baker). That will give you about 780 feet of elevation in 2.4 miles.
Apr 4, 2021
difficulty: Easy
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 5
Apr 4, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 5
Absolutely amazing views! Highly recommend going down the 18% grade at the end rather than doing the out and back route and coming up McCoulough Road to loop back around. The views on the backside are even better than the climb!!!

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Cycling Hawk Hill

Ride 1.8 miles gaining 515’ at 5.5% average grade.

Hawk Hill is at the top of Conzelman Road which is the closest road on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate. This ride offers the best views of the Golden Gate Bride of any bike climb in the Bay Area.

A wonderful loop begins at the southern GGB parking lot, travels across the Golden Gate, up Hawk Hill down to the Marin Headlands Visitor Center then up the backside of Hawk Hill and across the GGB to the finish - 17.9 miles gaining 2,060’ (Map).

Start the climb on Conzelman Road adjacent to the GGB northern parking lot.

Hike and ride to Battery Spencer which is on the left .3 miles up the climb.

Battery Spencer


Views along the first 1.1 miles before the fork in the road.

Go left at the fork at mile 1.1

Travel through the tunnel at the top to Battery 129 Viewpoint

Here there are wonderful views west of the pacific ocean and north to San Francisco and Sutro Tower.

Finish at Hawk Hill.

Great parking at the GGB northern parking lot - get there early.

We recommend a route that includes the Golden Gate Bridge - https://pjammcycling.com/beta/#/climb/5588.Golden-Gate-Bridge-and-Hawk-Hill-Loop 

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