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Mireya Limon reviewed Dipsea Trail
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As a first time hiker, I tried this trail with friends and honestly was quite difficult but really fun! Really beautiful and would definitely go back !

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Kelli Bonin reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Definitely not a beginners trail. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape (I run marathons every year or two) but this was TOUGH. We started at the park in Mill Valley, went all the way to Stinson, and back. However we ended up making a left turn about a mile after the peak (where you'll find the water fountain after Cardiac Hill). Since there was no signage we thought we might be going the right way. Wrong! We should have turned right into the woods. Ended up taking maybe 1 mile detour through scrub oaks and the trail got thinner and thinner. Had to walk on Highway 1 for a bit in order to meet up with Steep Ravine Trail to hook back up to Dipsea. Don't make our same mistake! Also had to take the Deer Park fire trail detour, which I believe made our hike about 18 miles. Lesson learned: don't commit to the full Double Dipsea, unless you are a seasoned hiker. It took us about 6 hours - we did go all the way to the beach to sit and eat lunch for about 30 min so about 5.5 moving hours. Note: With the Muir Woods section closed, I believe we skipped the most iconic section of the trail, with the waterfalls, ladders, and bridges. If that's what you're in for I would wait until that section is open, or just park at Muir Woods and do that section only.

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Jeremy Cazes reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Last bit of the trail I did near Muir woods is blocked off. You have to take the access road(other trail) to get to the Station.

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BERNARD MCGOURTY reviewed Dipsea Trail
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beautiful scenery, parts are somewhat challenging

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Anu Gill reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Beautiful and challenging!

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Wild Wild Women reviewed Dipsea Trail
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This hike is a must do in the Bay area! It's an epic hiking adventure from land to sea. We took it from the Mill Valley trail head. We cover it in our video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZOcR6tUiQ0&t=262s I would recommend doing it on a foggy or rainy day, the trail is empty and the thick fog makes it feel like magic! Be sure to bring lots of water!!

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Kirk Calamba reviewed Dipsea Trail
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John La reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Adam Ebora reviewed Dipsea Trail
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whitney austin reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Rafael Torres reviewed Dipsea Trail
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battery died.... good tuning and hiking trails. will do again definitely!. did a total of 10.8 miles today. parking is an issue if you are not an early bird.

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Abe Handler reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Cat Alv reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Jaya Singh reviewed Dipsea Trail
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The trail was a great workout and so wonderfully scenic! It started out with a lot of stairs and little streams in between, then there came a lot of trees and some steep areas. We reached a parking lot and since we were confused as to where to go, we started walking down the street, where there was the entrance for the Muir Woods national park. We went through that as well and returned to dipsea trail just before it got dark, overall a great trail!

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Crystal Guillen reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Genevie Castro reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Bradley Qian reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Views are pretty mediocre, but a somewhat decent incline. The double Dispsea(to Stinson beach and back) is about 10 miles.

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Rishika Dhody reviewed Dipsea Trail
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AllTrails will lead you the the Muir Woods parking lot. You need a reservation to park there, alternately you can park at Stinson beach and still hike 90% of the trail

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Josue Baez reviewed Dipsea Trail
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The beginning of the Dipsea trail is out, from the muir woods side. Need to hike half a mile south from the parking lot to the Deer Park fire road to start the trail. Other than that, great trail. Plenty of people on the mountains.

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Manisha M reviewed Dipsea Trail
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IG for Pictures: mx.m01 We started the Dipsea Trail at the Dipsea Trail Head by Old Mill Park. Within the first few minutes, we met hundreds of stairs. There were maybe 4-5 sets of stairs. Immediately after, it was non stop incline between neighborhoods then going into the mountains. We then saw the Muir Woods parking lot. At that point, the main Dipsea Trail was closed. We had to walk about .5 mile ahead to Deer Creek Rd. Once we got on Deer Creek, there were steep roads for a while. It was definitely a lower body workout!! A few miles later, we reached the peak! Be careful here - Make sure to follow your map or use the most populated trail. It looks like you can go in 3 different directions from the peak. We went the less busy route and ended up going 1 hour out to realize the trail we took will not meet the main trail again. So we had to spend about an 1 going back up a very steep mountain to get back on to Dipsea. It was a gorgeous, panoramic viewpoint though! Once we got back on the main trail, it was a forest heaven. Beautiful greenery all around, like we were among fairies. Here, it starts declining and there are A LOT of declining stairs that are wide and have large nails sticking out. My knees were hurting pretty badly and I was trying to be stable and not slip either. Even when you start seeing Stinson Beach from afar, there are a lot of stairs still! Parkside Cafe at Stinson Beach was PACKED as well. Overall, gorgeous and great leg workout!

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Akshat Agarwal reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Beautiful and diverse views through the hike - starting from Muir Woods, going through dry bushy forest, onto rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific, and down into lush green forests with babbling creeks. Note: every winter the dipsea entrance at muir woods is closed and hikers need to add an extra approx. 0.8mi each way to start from deer park fire road.

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Alys DiMercurio reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Breathtaking trees and ferns. We hiked in the pouring rain and it was quite an adventure!

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Caitlin O'Halloran reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Technically when you go out and back, this is known as the Double Dipsea. We did it yesterday and since the bridge is out it was closer to 12 miles, including a walk to Stinson Beach. There are about 1,400 steps rt, and it’s got several ups and downs both coming and going. I logged 30k steps on my fitbit. My knee was bothering me at the end, and so it took us about 3 hours 40 mins. Beautiful views! We could see the City and the GG Bridge. Also, make a parking reservation on-line before you go and there’s a fee per person, but we had a National Parks annual pass and that works here as well.

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AllTrails User reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Lara Sucheston-Campbell reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Amazing hike with outstanding views and like other folks have said pretty steep in places. Just FYI we went today and a bridge was out so had to walk down road a bit and start at fire creek road . No big deal maybe added 1/2 mile either end. Another fun option is on the way back when about 2 miles are left you’ll see a sign for Muir Woods and can take that down and end up in parking lot. That means you aren’t paying for entry so we just put money in donation box on way out. It was a fun different way out!

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Dan Nicholson reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Awesome trail. Cardiac Hill and the Steep Ravine are no punk. The views and woods are worth every step! Thank you Mr Muir.

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Casey Ward reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Beautiful paved hike. Steep uphill but beautiful 3 mile out and back run

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Sertan Usanmaz reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! @sertanusanmaz

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Brad Lionheart reviewed Dipsea Trail
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