Dipsea Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,545 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply. The Dipsea Trail (or the Ben Johnson Trail) through Muir Woods National Monument to Stinson Beach is an amazing trail through the famous California redwoods.

hiking
7 days ago

I’ve done this trail 3 times. I did all 14 miles (from Mill Valley to Stinson and back). If you are not experienced, I would recommend you take an easier trail first. It is fun! (I’ve sprained my ankle twice while on this trail) Bring plenty of water and snacks.

hiking
7 days ago

Stinson part is great. Then it just goes on into a fire road part. Welcome to Disneyland. Great if you're in bad shape as most parts a helicopter can land on the trail without messing up the trail a single bit. Heck it might even make it look better.

hiking
9 days ago

We had to start the hike at Stinson beach, Muir Woods is closed and there is no parking allowed anywhere on Panoramic HWY. We parked on Shoreline Hwy near Stinson Beach. The hike was beautiful and had a good mix of shaded and sunny spots. It was 11 miles total roundtrip, lots of stairs. People were very polite and many wore masks. We will definitely do this hike again, the views and scenery is so beautiful!

hiking
bridge out
9 days ago

Dipsea bridge is out (in Muir Woods), you’ll take Deer Park Fire Road, which is off Muir Woods Road 0.5mile south of the parking lot. Heavy poison oak, long sleeves and pants advisable. We took two cars - left one on the side of the road just before you arrive into Stinson (no ticketing!) and started at mile 1 (where we parked in front of the library). People wore masks and just covered their faces when walking by, everyone was polite and it was a bit crowded. People are excited to be out!

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
1 month ago

I came here 5/2/2020 & the trail is still open, there’s just certain routes that are closed but there’s always a detour. The trail was fairly easy to navigate with this app but it was 8 miles from the beginning all the way to the beach. It is hard mostly bc of all the steep stairs. Not kid or dog friendly but I would recommend if you are an experienced hiker. Overall had a lot of fun & would do it again

hiking
2 months ago

Deer Park Road was open for hiking on Saturday (there was no construction) on 3/7/2020, but it rained that morning and the prior day, so it was super duper muddy due to all the construction and vehicles. recommend doing alternate

hiking
3 months ago

Dipsea and Deer Park Fore Road closed from Muir Woods Parking Lot. Have to go through Muir Woods NP and pick up the Ben Johnson Trail after Bridge 4 and link up with Dipsea .5 miles short of Cardiac Hill.

hiking
3 months ago

large part of dipsea was closed had to make a detour. there are shorter detours but this added about 2 miles. beautiful trail nice views highly recommended.

hiking
bridge out
closed
rocky
3 months ago

Dipsea Trail is an awesome trail for enthusiastic hikers because it was not an easy trail. The inclines are pretty steep and if you are not in shape you will have a difficult time. However, the views are unbelievable and totally worth it. Also, some parts of Dipsea Trail are currently under construction so if you’re going to it as of February/March 2020, there will be a detour

hiking
3 months ago

Dipsea trail on a good day, you can see San Francisco Bay, angel island. I was a bit concerned with previous review when people say the view was not that impressive. I have hiked many coastal trails. I would say the view is quite decent. Not the best I have seen but still deserves four star. The trail as of today still has partial shutdown. So we did part of dipsea only to pantoll and from there took a different route to Muir wood visitor center. From the beach the beginning part of dipsea climb was pretty steep and rest of it is quite leveled.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail if you’re in shape, lots of uphill climbs, steps, etc. definitely bring lots of water and get ready to enjoy the beautiful sea and forest sights!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome

hiking
4 months ago

Started at Muir Woods to Stinson Beach and back. It was HOT! But a really fun hike. The beach was a nice stopping point to hit the ocean and cool off. I would do this hike again, but pack for a long one.

hiking
5 months ago

I did 8 miles of the trail with pick up and drop off by a friend. Probably easiest to park at Stinson park if you’re parking. Some incredible views and beautiful forest.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
5 months ago

We started in Mill Valley near the library and walked to Stinson Beach. Trail definitely has some beautiful moments in the redwoods, but there is a detour (mentioned in a few other reviews) due to a bridge being out and endangered Coho Salmon spawning, there is a pretty significant detour on paved road around construction at Muir Woods, then up the fire road. Slightly muddy, but not too bad. I might try this route again, but was not blown away by it.

hiking
bridge out
5 months ago

Pros: Nice food options at Stinson Beach. Trail offers decent traction even in heavy rain Cons: This route isn't very scenic, especially for the level of effort required. The first 2 miles resembled more an access road than a trail, and the high point had just okay views interrupted by electric lines. Only a few short intervals with beautiful redwood views I'd recommend saving your energy for another hike, and checking out the nature loop by the visitor center instead for an immersive redwood experience

hiking
bridge out
muddy
5 months ago

I knocked out this hike this past weekend. I started off at Stinson Beach and climbed up to Muir Woods National Monument Visitor Center. The trail was a bit muddy from the peak of Cardiac Hill to the Muir Woods Monument but was very manageable. There is a water fountain and a few bench seats at the peak and the vistas were wonderful. The trail into the park is detoured and a Bridge has been removed due to Koho spawning. This detour added to the overall mileage which I hiked hiked bringing it to 12.0 miles in just over six hours... very little break time taken. I saw several black tail deer, coyotes, birds to include hawks and relatively few people. This is a hard trail with few perils but can be dangerous if not taken seriously in areas such as Steep Ravine.

hiking
6 months ago

Such a beautiful trail with varying topography! we started at old mill park entrance in Mill Valley ( park free in the neighborhoods) which starts the trail off with 3 sets of stairs. There are spots to fill water at Muir Woods entrance and Steep Ravine junction. The trial ends at Stinson beach where one can grab something to eat at the Parkside cafe and chill on the beach. Take the 61 shuttle ($2) back (have exact change) and get off at Panoramic Highway Bayview stop. This puts you at top of the Dipsea trail stairs. Take the 3 sets of stairs down to get back to your car. Well maintained trial!! Overall amazing experience! highly recommended

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, I love that you can end at Stinson beach and grab a Brekky and then head back. I highly recommend doing the Steep Ravine on the way back from Stinson. Fun hike, will be back!

hiking
7 months ago

We did this hike starting from Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, which I would definitely recommend in order to get the full Dipsea experience complete with engraved staircases and neighborhood paths. If you start from Mill Valley, this hike becomes about a 14 mile out-and-back, packed with great views and varying terrain. We stopped in Stinson for lunch and a short beach nap, which made for a pretty ideal day. We have also done this as a one way hike and taken the 61 Marin shuttle back from Stinson to Mill Valley, which is another great option if pressed for time.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail, very well maintained and fantastic views. Just a heads up that if you want to do the trail from East to west (starting at Muir Woods, heading towards Stinson), a reservation for parking is mandatory. Otherwise you can do the trail starting at Stinson and park for free.

hiking
7 months ago

take the wrong route

Gorgeous hike!

hiking
8 months ago

A nice walk through the woods, and few views are worth the effort, highly recommend for first timers and intermediate hikers

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