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Vita Danchuk reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Fun hike! Especially with the rainy and foggy weather! The stairs were a little harder and it was muddy but worth it! Views are breathtaking.

Lynn Larson reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingMuddyNo shade

Great hike! Would recommend starting at Stinson Beach rather than in Muir Woods. Good mix of redwoods and coastal environments to keep the hike and views interesting!

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Zhanna B reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingMuddy

This trail is worth every step!!!! So beautiful and amazing! Lots of stairs! Definitely a must if you’re looking for a magical experience.

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Hiking

Nice summer hike to Stinson Beach and back to Mill Valley. Just under 7.5 miles each way. Bring 2-3L water as it can get warm in the afternoon. Plan to take a dip in the Pacific. Trail can get a bit crowded in summer, but not too bad. Two ‘up and downs’ each way. One between Mill Valley and Muir Woods and the other Cardiac Hill. Lots of stair-climbing out of Mill Valley but don’t worry - most of trail is not like this except perhaps for similar climb @ 1.5 miles on the way back from Stinson Beach.

Joju Mangalam reviewed Muir Beach to Tennessee Beach Loop
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HikingGreat!

Great loop hike and you get two beaches. I give four stars because landscape is similar throughout.

GJ Chun reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingGreat!
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Katherine Swanson reviewed Dipsea Trail
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful scenery. If you are hiking on a sunny day it is nice because once you get to the top, the lookout to the ocean is outstanding. It is also great to hike with the fog though due to the fact that it remains colder so you don’t burn up as easily.

varun varadharajan reviewed Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley Trailhead
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Hiking

One of the best hikes I have done in the Bay Area. I would rate it more stars but unfortunately there is no such option! :) The early morning mist makes everything in the forest beautiful. Starting as early as 6 was definitely one of the best decisions for this hike. Start early especially if you are doing the Double Dipsea which is 15 miles with 4000 ft of elevation.

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Manoj Dhanapal reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Hiking

Good views of the ocean and ends at the beach!

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HikingGreat!No shade

This trail is super beautiful with great scenery. We started at 9am and parking lot was almost vacant. We did the trail clockwise so the biggest incline was at the beginning. As other people said, we passed through a farm house and opened two gates, so wipes are necessary to have. After that there’s that steep incline. First we spent sometime at Tennessee beach and walked passed the rocks on the left side which were filled with great wavy colorful rocks! Unbelievable! Then we headed to the pirates cove and we climbed down to the beach. On our way back we saw three whales which were very small from far distance but bringing a binoculars would have been a great idea! We loved the trail overall and people were very mindful and all had masks on! Highly recommend this trail!

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Hiking

Beautiful hike with a little bit of everything from redwoods to views to the beach! After a great hike treat yourself to an ice cream in Stinson! Plus the shuttle back to Muir Woods is very handy! There are lots of steps, so if that's hard on your knees plan accordingly. Highly recommend.

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John Lee reviewed Dipsea Trail
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No shade

This hike has it all! A beautiful Zen farm, horses, cliff walk, two beaches. There is no shade, which isn't a problem on a foggy day - we were actually cold for most of the hike, so bring layers. Covid notes: bring hand sanitizer, as you have to open gates a couple of times, and the Tennessee Valley section of the trail is pretty busy and lots of people are not wearing masks. Once you are away from the beaches, there is a lot more solitude. And if you want a more private beach than Muir or Tennessee, you can climb down to Pirates Cove, which is filled with debris, but we had it to ourselves. I'd recommend doing the trail clockwise, so the biggest uphill is at the beginning. Parking at Muir Beach is packed, but there was plenty of space at the Redwood Creek trailhead, which is super close.

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BugsMuddy

BEWARE if you are hiking from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach... No cell signal for Uber or Lyft. You will have to call the local cab at 415.868.8888. The other option is a bus (limit of 6 riders due to Covid) which you can catch across the street from the grocery store and next to the park. Both options require cash. Be prepared to make the round trip if you can't get either. This is one of the most beautiful trails in the Bay Area. I started from the very beginning which is the Dipsea Stairs by Old Mill Park. In my opinion, the 3 flights of long stairs at the beginning is the hardest part. Not sure why people make a big deal about Cardiac Hill. If you have ever hiked Mission Peak, Cardiac Hill is a baby in comparison. There are some muddy sections through the forest so wear good shoes. Saw mosquitoes so bring bug spray. If you are starting at Mill Valley, I would recommend paying for parking at the Sunnyside Parking Lot so you don't have to worry about getting towed. Pay for the full day in case you run late as parking tickets in Mill Valley are very expensive.

Day Inc reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingGreat!Muddy

BEWARE if you are hiking from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach... No cell signal for Uber or Lyft. You will have to call the local cab at 415.868.8888. The other option is a bus (limit of 6 riders due to Covid) which you can catch across the street from the grocery store and next to the park. Both options require cash. Be prepared to make the round trip if you can't get either. This is one of the most beautiful trails in the Bay Area. I started from the very beginning which is the Dipsea Stairs by Old Mill Park. In my opinion, the 3 flights of long stairs at the beginning is the hardest part. Not sure why people make a big deal about Cardiac Hill. If you have ever hiked Mission Peak, Cardiac Hill is a baby in comparison. There are some muddy sections through the forest so wear good shoes. Saw mosquitoes so bring bug spray. If you are starting at Mill Valley, I would recommend paying for parking at the Sunnyside Parking Lot so you don't have to worry about getting towed. Pay for the full day in case you run late as parking tickets in Mill Valley are very expensive.

Emmet Fox reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingMuddy

Started at Stinson beach. The trail was crowded and very narrow for two way traffic. I wouldn’t recommend it on a weekend as long as COVID persists. The elevation gains and drops are made primarily by stairs.

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Hiking

The all trails app says there are closures but recent comments don't mention anything. Anyone has insight here

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Hiking

Mill Valley to Cardiac Hill

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MAG User reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Hiking

Great trail! Super hot, not a lot of shade on some parts of the hike, and but overall was a great hike!

RONNY GROOMS reviewed Dipsea Trail
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Hiking

An amazing day from Muir Woods’ main parking lot to Stinson beach. Fog and clouds from the sea had saturated the trees so certain points in the trail would be like localized light rain showers, making some Trail a little wet, muddy, and slippery. Ended up doing 13 miles total for the day and mile 10.5 - 11 decline was murder on the knees. A majestic walk top to bottom.

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DJ Goodman reviewed Dipsea Trail
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HikingFeeMuddy

This trail has it all! I’ve been wanting to do this one ever since I heard of it but don’t get up to the SF area too often. First things first: I purchased the earliest time slot (9 to 9:30 AM) for the Muir Woods parking pass in advance for $8.50. There are several signs indicating you MUST have a reservation. You do not need to pay an additional fee to enter Muir Woods if you only intend to do this trail because it starts in one of the parking lots. From Muir Woods, the trail immediately starts to gain decent elevation at a rate of around 500’ per mile for the first two miles. You’ll see a lit of moss-covered trees along with he way. The next half mile or so consists of gradual ups & downs. Once you start descending, there will be a beautiful redwood forest followed by a series of stairs. I was cringing at the thought of returning back the same way! After the stairs, the trail will open up for a view of Stinson Beach! The last 1 1/3 mile is open and mostly a descent to the end near Stinson Beach. I continued past the turnaround point & went to Stinson Beach. After seeing the beach, I returned the same way. During my return trip, I heard a couple coyotes yapping next to the trail. I seen three deer, several quail, & numerous Stellar Blue Jays. Enjoy!

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Hiking

Weather changes frequently in a “summer” morning, so wear layers. Lots of up and downs. Please note you can bring your dog on a leash all the way to the cut off to Tennessee Valley but there you have to turn around. Beautiful wild flowers and breathtaking views.

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