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Golden Gate Bridge from CRT | by Rob Kroenert
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Golden Gate Bridge from CRT

This is the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Coastal Ridge Trail in the Marin Headlands.


My building’s fire alarm went off at 4:30am on Saturday. And whoever designed the siren apparently wanted to be absolutely sure that no living thing could possibly sleep through it. My first thought was that someone must be blowing air horns three inches away from each of my ears.


Unalterably awake, I decided I might as well take some early morning photos. Usually when I go out before sunrise I’ll drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and either head down to Sausalito or up Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. But this time I decided to make a second trip to my new favorite spot.


At about 5:30am I parked in the Headlands, put on my headlamp, loaded up my backpack with my camera equipment and tripod, and started up the Coastal Ridge Trail. The hike to the viewpoint where I took this shot is a little over a mile of steep elevation gain, so you have to put in some work to get there. But the views are incredible, and there’s a unique feeling when you have a place like that all to yourself as the sunrise unfolds over the bay, the bridge, the fog, and the City.

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Taken on February 13, 2010