Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop

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Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 695 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips




wild flowers


Beautiful trail but a little too much walking on roads for me

6 months ago

moderate exertion required on the dipsea stairs but otherwise the Cypress trail is a very easy single-track trail around the inside rim of cascade canyon. finish the hike with a nice stroll through the Cascade canyon neighborhood.

Good hike. We did it in reverse and felt that it was more gradual that way— avoided climbing stairs and just had to go down them at the end.

10 months ago

Fri Oct 12 2018

Mostly on the road .... not many car however and the narrowness of the road did make it’s way lively wooded areas.

Tue Feb 20 2018

Beautiful. Take dipsea stairs then right. Take cypress to dead end and continue. Feels longer than 4 miles but really spectacular even for Marin.

Mon Dec 04 2017

Start up the famous Dipsea Stairs to traipse through the mountain community. Lots of funky houses and near the top, you can see the Richmond Bridge on a clear day. A single track leads you up through a redwood forested slope and quite near some more houses. This part of the trail is pretty popular with trail runners and their dogs, just be careful because in many places you can’t really step off trail to let them by. Be advised, a great majority of the trail is on the road itself, so keep an eye out for cars and cyclists bombing the hills! A small parking area leads you over to Cascade Falls. Which thanks to the recent rain has started to perk up, and is a nice place to rest and grab a snack. If you’re looking for solitude, I would go during the week.

Sun Jul 09 2017

Cool trail a little confusing but beautiful.

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