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Dipsea Trail and Ben Johnson Loop (from Mill Valley) [CLOSED]

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Muir Woods National Monument

Dipsea Trail and Ben Johnson Loop (from Mill Valley) [CLOSED] is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,028 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

bird watching

running

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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closed

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. Please note: Deer Park Fire Road AND Dipsea Trail are CLOSED due to construction between Muir Woods Road and Ben Johnson Trail. Please use alternative routes. If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply.

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One of the most beautiful trails around Mount Tam area.

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike. But it is not hard, probably no even moderate. No steep hills, ground solid and stable, no chance to get lost, water points, trafficked,... not a single sign to classify it as hard. Families with little kids were doing it.

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7 months ago

This trail is one of my favorites. Incredible forests including a trail right through the heart of Muir Woods redwood grove. From beaches to giant redwoods to views of the bay, this trail has it all. If you’re in the area and up for a bit of a challenge, this trail is a must. Make sure you download a map as there are quite a few crossroads. Get there early to beat the crowds.

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9 months ago

This is a tough but great hike. The transition from Redwood forest while on the Ben Johnson portion to the coastal views when we got on the Dipsea were a really nice variation. We took our 10, 8, and 6 year old kids one way down to Stinson Beach and rode the bus back. The beach was a good payoff. I definitely recommend this hike.

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9 months ago

Excellent training hike!....more like 13.5 mile vs the 10.4 stated in the description. Beautiful view!

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Sat Mar 10 2018

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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Thu Feb 22 2018

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!

Thu Nov 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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Tue Dec 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.

Sun Jun 07 2009

This is a beautiful hike on a sunny day. After a steep uphill climb through gorgeous redwoods you are rewarded with a magnificent ocean view and a nice flat meander through the grass before heading back down the dipsea trail.

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recorded Ben Johnson Dipsea Trail

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