Muir Woods: Ben Johnson to Dipsea Trail Loop

MODERATE 10 reviews

Muir Woods: Ben Johnson to Dipsea Trail Loop is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

4.0 miles 1026 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth

no dogs

Parking along Muir Woods Rd. This can be backed up for several miles due to the popularity of this area.

3 months ago

Great Trail , stunning views

4 months ago

Fun and beautiful trail half uphill not bad at all. Muir Woods is definitely an amazing place.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail, the first half is pretty much all climb, really enjoyed it.

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2 years ago

FYI for people planning to take this trail, the Ben Johnson Trail "loop" actually connects to a portion of the Dipsea Trail to make the loop. Also, you can do it in reverse (Dipsea to Ben Johnson) to avoid paying the Muir Woods entrance fee, but it's always best to support our federal and state parks so donate on the way out if you can :). Anyways, either way you take the hike it is easy at most parts, with the most difficult inclines at the beginning, but even then it's pretty easy for most people. There's not a ton of features, but the vibrant greens and reds of the redwoods is beautiful enough. The beginning of the Ben Johnson trail gets crowded with tourist buses around noon, so go early to avoid crowds. If you want, you can take the Dipsea trail all the way to Stenson Beach, but that is about 10 miles.