Dipsea to Ben Johnson Trail Loop is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, birding, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

9.9 miles
2,696 feet

kid friendly




trail running





no dogs

Start at Stinson Beach and take the Dipsea trail. When you approach Muir Woods National Monument, take the Ben Johnson trail to enter the majestical Muir Woods. Then exit out of the park and get back on the Dipsea trail. Take it all the way to Stinson Beach.

4 months ago

I departed 25 July from Stinson beach about noon. Great day. Plenty of parking at the beach mid week. There's water at the top of the hill, and of course at Muir woods. $10 to go through Muir woods. I was on travel from the East coast and love to visit this area. Great exercise!

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Didn’t know about needing to make reservations for Muir Woods. Drove to Stinson Beach to do this trail. A lot of stairs but one of my favorite trail runs. Garmin read over 11 miles.. but we did get a little off the trail. Recommend this for all runners and hikers.

9 months ago

It was a fantastic hike and has some great views of the bay on Cardiac Hill. We parked at the Stinson Beach Parking lot. We ended up clocking 12.4 miles on the gps since there is a detour at Muir Woods from Fern Creek Trail to Dipsea Trail. I think this adds about a mile where you walk along Muir Woods road to the Fire Road/Redwood Creek Trail to get back to the Dipsea trail since the bridge is out close the Muir Woods visitor center.

10 months ago


If you park where the directions on the app send you it will eliminate the need to make John Muir woods reservations. It’s better anyway because aren’t you there to hike? The parking area is just before you turn right on Shoreline from Panoramic Hwy. Looks like a turnout. There’s a sign there marking where the Dipsea trail starts.
You can do this hike with regular tennis shoes, not too difficult. There are some steep parts that will be a workout if you’re out of shape but they go by pretty quick. The scenery on the trail is great and the the trail is clearly marked the whole time. Once you’re in the John Muir section it’s all even ground, bathrooms, gift shop, and you’re walking on wood planks. If you want to avoid paying $10 at the welcome center go left where the road splits going into Muir Woods. If you wanna spend $10 go to the right. You could also be a decent human being and donate a Hamilton to Johnny Muir as a thank you for putting the wooden planks in to make the ascents easier. I would do this trail again.

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