Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach

HARD 163 reviews

Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

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
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

We started the hike from Muir Woods, parked at the Muir Woods Monument overflow parking. Tip: arrive early (7-8AM) to avoid the tourist crowds that fill up the lots quick. The hike begins at around mile 3-4 of the “Dipsea Race”. It is a steep 1,300+ foot climb thru the beautiful wilderness, frigid and moist in the cold months, hot and dry in the summer months. The trail intertwines with the fire road, either one is fine to take, but the true Dipsea Trail offers more shade. Once you summit at a point called “Cardiac”, there are sweeping views and a small pit stop with a water fountain. This marks your descent to Stinson beach, about 3.5 miles. You enter the abyss of moss covered trees and towering redwoods. Descending down 100+++ steps, a little muddy and slippery. When you arrive at a foot bridge, go left, and continue to follow signs to Stinson Beach. At this point you have about 1.5 miles left! Enjoy your time at the beach, take a dip, have a bite to eat because you’re about to do it all over again, in reverse!! Then upon returning to Muir Woods, you would have completed the “Double Dipsea!”

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Unbelievable views of the Pacific and SF. The trail is diverse going from densely wooded to standing on the sand with the waves crashing. Stinson Beach is a bit of a tourist trap with restaurants and gift shops which could be good or bad depending on what is desired. The trail was heavily trafficked. I had to stop multiple times to allow runners and mountain bikers to pass safely. If you access the trail from the overflow parking lot you can avoid the $10 entrance fee at the main gate. Overall a must have experience.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Incredibly foggy day added to the magic of this beautiful place, definitely where the fairies live!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

2 months ago