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Beautiful and varied views! Very exposed for maybe a third of the way so bring sun protection

We decided to continue hiking on the first trail to the left, about half way on this trail and hiked all the way out to where it comes back out on the lake. It’s only a few miles but the various switchbacks are pretty killer if you go that way and it is not a loop trail. This was a little while before I got the app so I was not ready for it. Very pretty though!

Loved the scenic trail. Listen to everyone’s advice and go counter clockwise. You’ll see a lot of beauty sceneries and feel like you’ve just stepped into the tropical wilderness. It’s about 4 miles to get to the top and you come to a rest stop for bathrooms, water fountains, guest information center, and vending machines. We were glad we brought enough water because we were almost out of water by the time we got to the rest stop.The climb was tough, but possible and be prepared to climb a ladder or climb down one if you are going clockwise. Once you finish the 6-7 mile trail you can enjoy lunch at the local restaurant near the beach. Go early in the morning because the sun will shine down at ya around 12 and it’ll get pretty warm.

Too many speedy, rude and cheap mountain bikers! Not a good hike for me.

It’s nice beautiful trees

Was recommended to this by a co worker. It was a nice scenic drive, however, when you start getting close to the lighthouse the roads aren’t great. Not terrible, but not great. Lighthouse was going through remodeling so we were only able to see from atop. Great to go and see it once, but probably won’t venture out there again. Very overcast.

Nice, but more hyped up than imagined. Just about every hike in the area is similar unless you go far, and you can only look at the same tall trees so long before getting bored. California has many other, more exciting hikes, but if in SFO area, this is a decent area. Pain that you need to book in advance, bit keeps crowds of tourists out.

Beautiful trail (would be amazing in winter and spring when water was running in the creek), but hikers need to be prepared for the amount of climbing or descending (depending on which way you travel). The 1000 feet of elevation change is accomplished over MANY stairs created with wood, dirt, and rock. While I was able to handle the descent, the uneven wood and boulders were tough on the knees and ankles.

Actually a really cool hike. Started the hike with the Matt Davis trail and finished with the dipsea trail. Steep ravine was probably the best part of the hike you feel like you are in a different world. Over all very diverse scenery throughout the hike.

One of the most colorful hikes I’ve ever been on. Went around 1030 and finished around 2pm. The clouds hanging over the first part of the hike made the place feel pretty magical. I enjoyed the different sceneries offered with each part of the hike and even saw an owl. Love it!

Beautiful

Beautiful trail for running/hiking. Park at Stinson Beach parking lot (2-3 free electric car chargers are available; advisable to get there before 10am, otherwise quickly claimed). To get to Dipsea trail head, locate Parkside Cafe (faces the beach), and walk in front of it so you’ll be on Adrenal Ave. Walk up Adrenal (if you’re back is to the beach, make a right on Adrenal), to the trail head (~3 min walk).

Nice variety, lots of scenic vistas. There are lots of parking lots along the trail, so there are constantly a lot of people doing shorter hikes and carrying things to the beach. At times it was one step away from waiting in line to pass the steep parts. A lot of the hikers were unprepared for steep sandy slopes so dealing with people half-falling down the downhills was also a negative for me.

Good views and mix of shaded/sunny areas but a lot of bikes so make sure to be on alert. Also saw a lot of deers close to the trail.

Most part of the trail has shadows, therefore is suitable for summer. View is great!

hiking
18 days ago

I was underwhelmed. Parking is a hassle and you have to pay ahead and come during your designated time slot. You can only see so many giant trees and the trails are a bit too manicured and landscaped to feel like an actual hike.

Nice hike, with beautiful views but it is not easy. I’d rate it moderate.

Nice shaded paths, pretty much dry this time of year.

Nice shaded paths, pretty much dry this time of year.

amazing hike with good views

Tyreyty4866(; was a great snight xu

Going clockwise means steep climbs in the first mile. Everything else is smooth sailing.

Beautiful and diverse scenery, with elevation changes to keep things interesting. You get to walk through amazingly dense redwood forests, climb a wooden ladder, and (if going clockwise) the views open up as far as San Francisco on a clear day.

Loved seeing the Big Red trees. Took the path leading up the hill. great little hike. 1st time had to park like a mile away... so get there early.

backpacking
24 days ago

Gorgeous hike from misty, mossy woods to the ocean, and I would recommend doing it CLOCKWISE as we did, rather than counterclockwise as is listed here. The Sky and Coastal trails were beautiful but the Woodland trail in between was poorly maintained and would have been really awful to do uphill rather than downhill as we did. Covering your legs is a must, particularly for the Woodland trail part of the hike. Accidentally took the Coastal trail back so was unable to see the Muddy Hollow trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Lovely, easy/moderate trail with ocean views. Would love to come back mid-week. Wouldn’t want to do this hike again on a weekend day—too many bikers zooming past. I wasn’t able to get into a rhythm, had to keep stopping to step off the trail to let them pass.

One of the best hikes i have been in a long time. Beautiful pacific ocean views, very well maintained and very amazing surprises(in a good way) during the hike with such a dense forest like atmosphere with fog and light drizzle, felt like as if i was in a rainforest. I would do this hike again and again. A day well spent with hike and relax at the beach. You can park your car at the Stinson beach park where the start/end points meet. We spotted whales while on the beach which was another best part of the trip. Beautiful weather, though it was cloudy yet was warm enough at the beach.
One suggestion: Please download the Alltrails mobile app and follow through the trail loop on the map, so that you don’t get lost from your path. It will help you a big time. To do this you don’t have to purchase the pro version or download maps. Even though you don’t have network it will still spot you on the map with a blue bubble(same like how google maps does). I have seen some people getting lost so wanted to share so that it will benefits others. Hope this helps.

Great trail but the opening paragraph of the hike description is very misleading. It starts out by saying you can hike to the muir visitor center and then back to Stinson. This actually contradicts the map. If you followed what was written you would hike the trail to muir visitor center which is off the intended hiking trail and actually sent me up the dipsea trail vs steep ravine. No big deal as I got back on track but you need to rewrite the opening paragraph.

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