Ben Johnson Dipsea Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Ben Johnson Dipsea Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,028 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

no dogs

Park at the Stinson Beach Parking Area

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4 months ago

Not going to lie, that hurt. Hurt so good :) Gotta do it, though, it is quintessential Bay Area. It was a foggy, misty day, perfect for not overheating on this brutal hike. I started at the stairs from Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, which climb about 760 ft in a mile up to the Panoramic trailhead where the AllTrails route begins. I think in order to say you did the Dipsea you must include the stairs...you have to earn it :) Also, that’s where the infamous race begins, so start there if you’re training. FYI a bridge is closed in Muir Woods until summer and so you have to take Deer Park Fire Road just a tad south of the Dipsea on Muir Woods Road.

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4 months ago

Great trail I went on a weekday and the open grassland part was gorgeous with rolling mist. The part under the trees was green mossy and shaded. Ran into a mama dear and her baby on the trail and waited for them to pass before I continued on. Ben Johnson is a gorgeous continually shaded Redwood single track trail but a long continuous uphill had to take a lot of breaks! 4 instead of 5 stars because the half way point passes through the Muir Woods monument which was hectic with tourists. I lost them quickly as soon as I got on the Ben Johnson tho!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Did this hike today but started up Ben Johnson and came back down Dipsea. Part of the Dipsea was detoured onto Deer Park Fire Road (looked like surveying and land reconstruction was going on). Deer Park runs parallel to Dipsea, so it was about the same length but less trail-like for that portion (more like a small access road that's bike friendly). It didn't detour for very long, and I didn't feel as though it took anything away from the hike.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Took my parents to San Fran when they came out to visit from Ohio. They wanted to see some Redwoods so we hopped over to the Golden Gate Bridge and hit up Stinson Beach as well as John Muir National Monument. We did the small loop trail that took you thru part of the Forest and up a hillside. The park was crowded but being as John Muir was such an important person in the discovery of Americas nature it was to be expected. Great views with many cool "did you know" reads.

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