Canopy, Dipsea and Sun Trail Loop

MODERATE 51 reviews

Canopy, Dipsea and Sun Trail Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

wildlife

no dogs

Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see. The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists. Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in this park grow up to 250ft tall and 14 feet wide) but it also means the area frequently attracts large crowds, bus tours and overflowing parking lots. Our hillside loop trail offers a great way to visit Muir Woods National Monument and avoid many of the crowds, before returning along a scenic route over Mt. Tamalpais State Park that most visitors don't get to see. One additional benefit along this trail is the chance to spend a little time at the Tourist Club. In the past we've had little trouble as non-members enjoying a drink here, but here's what it says on the club's website: "The Tourist Club is a private facility for the use of its members, however the Tourist Club welcomes guests for our Festivals, held annually in May, July, and September, and occasional activities and events, which are posted on our calendar."

hiking
7 months ago

A nice descent into Muir Woods, with some truly beautiful groves that you will have all to yourself (certainly in contrast to the trails along Redwood Creek in Muir Woods). The ascent is steep and not that interesting until the views return on the Sun/Redwood Trails. And if it is open to guests, the Tourist Club is a great spot for a beer and to relax.

7 months ago

fantastic trail. not that crowded. did it counterclockwise and the last half got the heartrate up a little. perfect place

7 months ago

Wow.. Just wow

8 months ago

Great hike!

8 months ago

It’s was great hike !

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Great Hike- have been avoiding bc I have a love hate view on MW. Love the park - dislike the people (including someone this morning who was using their phone ... with the speaker) however I made good time and was at MW at about 8AM and very few people but picked up around 9AM. Parking was fine - easy to fine TH - trail in good condition - very peaceful. The only other draw back - some road noise the first 1.5 miles. I will go back

Monday, July 31, 2017

My favorite hike! You hike down into Muir Woods, and then up and out. The ocean trail can get a little crowded on weekends, but it's beautiful. Highly recommend!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Park across from Mt. Home Inn and go down to Muir Woods, then take the Dipsea Trail back up and then merge onto the Sun Trail. Views from the Sun Trail are spectacular. Hiking the loop took 2.5 hours.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Beautiful hike. I highly recommend. I would actually give it about a 4.5. To clarify, the Tourist Club is a group of buildings along the route and is not the part of the route itself. You will not be prevented in doing this hike.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Great way to beat the crowds not deal with the crowds at the Muir Woods main entrance. We were able to show our friends who were visiting the Bay Area the main Muir Woods grove and got a good workout also. It's ended up being a 7.5 mile loop, we probably added an extra mile by walking around in Muir Woods .

Monday, February 16, 2015

Took 4 kids on the hike: 10, 8, 5, 5 years olds. Great experience, great views. Bring layers of clothing, temperature was changing quickly between sunny and darker spots. Around lunch time sun was beaming for great panoramic views, but fog came in very quickly. Kids were complaining a little bit, but hike is not tiring. Just make sure they hame some entertainment: walkie talkies, binoculars, singing loud. We would stop every hour, overall took about 4.5 for the loop with 2.5 hours of walking.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Contrary to what this page states, the Tourist Club is always closed to non-members except for events open to guests, which are listed on their website.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Muir woods is definitely worth a visit. Don't count on the tourist club. Only open a few weekend hours 2 times a month.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gorgeous 4.5 mile hike along trails that for the most part avoid all the hustle and bustle and the main entrance, although it goes near the visitor center if that interests you. Part of the hike is amid the redwoods and some of it is along more exposed sunny trails- best of both. It took us a little under 2.5 hours. Great way to start the day!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Awesome hike with great views.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It has been a while; i was only 17 when I took this trip but Muir Woods is one of the greatest places on Earth.

hiking
7 months ago

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