Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Hawk Hill
Golden Gate National Recreation Area California


Every fall migrating raptors (hawks and eagles) soar across the Golden Gate strait at this point, utilizing the updraft caused by the 900 foot ridge. Volunteers and the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory have been monitoring the migration since the 1970's, counting over 30,000 individuals yearly.

World War II gun emplacements and their approach tunnels burrow under the ridgetops. Battery Project 129, directly under Hawk Hill, was not formally named because it was never armed - by the time it was ready the threat of Japanese invasion had vanished and the monstrous guns were diverted to battleships. The 16-inch guns had barrels 67 feet long and could hurl a one ton shell up to 26 miles.



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On the bluffs near Battery Rathbone

(March 28, 2001)


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The gun emplacements at Battery Rathbone

(March 28, 2001)


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The steps to the top of Hawk Hill

(March 28, 2001)


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The west end of the summit of Hawk Hill

(March 28, 2001)


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The east end of the summit of Hawk Hill

(March 28, 2001)


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Battery 129, hidden under Hawk Hill

(March 28, 2001)


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The huge gun emplacement at Battery 129

(March 28, 2001)


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