Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Dipsea Trail (or the Ben Johnson Trail) through Muir Woods National Monument to Stinson Beach is an amazing trail through the famous California redwoods.
One of my favorite trails. Some fallen trees from the recent storm made it extra adventurous this past weekend (12/18/16). Beautiful as always, with frost everywhere and icy muddy puddles.
Fabulous hike. Start from the auxiliary Muir Woods parking lot and you will see signs for Dipsea Trail. Once on it you will wind through the highlands cross crossing the fire road until you hit the woods. This is where it gets a little steep but the trail is well groomed and easy to navigate. I went on a weekday so the traffic was non existent. Took about 5 hours of consistent walking to cover the 10ish miles all the way down to Stetson Beach which is a sleepy town w cafes, etc. my tracker said I climbed 199 stories of stairs and took about 22K steps. Enjoy!!
Love love love this trail. It is intense.
I guess we did the "Double Dipsea" though it was unclear where the true trailhead was so we started from the Muir Woods Visitor Center extended parking lot (free for hikers). We hiked down to Stinson beach and back. Took lots of photos along the trail and even enjoyed our packed lunches at the park. Overall time about 6:30hrs, and AllTrails clocked us with just under 12 miles. The first 3hrs of the trail was a bit muddy and rainy, we were both soaked! Come prepared. It was so beautiful though, especially with the mist! Can't wait to do it again. Tip: Pay attention to the trail markers! The Dipsea crossed with several other trails along the way.
We took the Dipsea Trail out of Stinson Beach to Muir Woods then to Muir Beach. All those steps definitely woke me up first thing in the morning. It was a steep hike for the first hour or two going in this direction. It was absolutely beautiful. I felt like once we were at the top of the ridge we were winding up through a magical redwood forest before we saw other hikers. We hooked up with the Ben Johnson trial to get further in to Muir woods. We came upon a lot of other people at that point. It's an amazing trail.
A really good trail. Great way to spend the day. Lots of activities on both end either at Muir Woods or Stinson and you can take Steep Ravine back to break up the monotony of an out-n-back.