For adventurous families seeking an iconic beach location in SF, this is it. Can’t be beat. Here are a few teasers from a favorite Summer photo session at Marshall’s. Scroll down for more information about how to enjoy this hidden gem of San Francisco.

Marshall’s Beach in San Francisco is the closest beach to the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as one of the most stunning places to view sunsets in the city. The golden sand juxtaposed against the deep blue Pacific, the tree-topped sea cliffs, and the dark boulders scattered along the shoreline create a breathtaking environment. 

But like the best things in life, Marshall’s requires some effort. Expect a 15 minute hike down a steep but well maintained trail. With a baby or little kids like the family below, you are going to want some sort of carrier pack to get them to the beach. Also, note that there are no amenities once you leave the trailhead. 

Lastly, tides. Whether you are hoping to watch the sunset from a beach blanket with your family or photograph the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise, you must learn to read a tide prediction to enjoy Marshall’s Beach. If the tide is any higher than 3.0 feet, there will be very little beach to enjoy!

Man squeezes baby to cheek in front of sunset and rocky beach.

I’m David Enloe, and I photograph Bay Area families that are super proud of where they live. My easygoing presence puts everyone at ease, and I focus on candid emotion and moments of connection. No posing, no stress.

Below is a photo gallery from a Summer family session. As soon as I mentioned Marshall’s beach – both the seclusion and the hike – they jumped at the opportunity. Not only were we graced with a stunning sunset, but their daughter was just learning to walk. She took her longest walk to date (five steps) on the beach blanket while I was taking pictures!

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