Muir Woods: Ben Johnson to Dipsea Trail Loop

MODERATE 67 reviews

Muir Woods: Ben Johnson to Dipsea Trail Loop is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
987 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

Parking along Muir Woods Rd. This can be backed up for several miles due to the popularity of this area.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hiking trails and beach view. National park so there is other fun things to do.

28 days ago

Really nice trail. It’s been awhile since I’ve been hiking in the area and this was a nice trail to get reacquainted! We started in the Muir Woods overflow parking lot (remember that reservations for parking are now always required, and they scan your barcode at the entrance so be sure to download before your trip; there’s no service in the park). From the overflow parking lot, you can hop right onto the Dipsea Trail and hike up to Ben Johnson which will take you straight to the scenic walk and visitor’s center. Redwoods require fog for much of their water supply, so regardless of time of year, some places will be wet. If you start at the Dipsea trail from the parking lot, you miss the ticket booth so may want to give a donation at the end. If you start from the scenic walk and take Ben Johnson to Dipsea you’ll need to pay $10/adult to enter. If you have more time, I’d definitely recommend the Matt Davis trail from Stinson Beach, too!

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

They aren't joking about this being a cardio trail, especially the last 1/2 mile heading up to the ridge. The Redwoods are so tall and cool and provide a lot of shade during the hike. Once you get to the ridge you overlook much of the bay area to the south. There was some lingering fog, but still a welcome view after coming out of the forest. Potable water is provided once you reach the ridge, a nice chance to fill up before heading back to the visitor center.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Awesome views great place to hike

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great Trail , stunning views

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fun and beautiful trail half uphill not bad at all. Muir Woods is definitely an amazing place.

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Beautiful trail, the first half is pretty much all climb, really enjoyed it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Amazing

hiking
Saturday, May 31, 2014

FYI for people planning to take this trail, the Ben Johnson Trail "loop" actually connects to a portion of the Dipsea Trail to make the loop. Also, you can do it in reverse (Dipsea to Ben Johnson) to avoid paying the Muir Woods entrance fee, but it's always best to support our federal and state parks so donate on the way out if you can :). Anyways, either way you take the hike it is easy at most parts, with the most difficult inclines at the beginning, but even then it's pretty easy for most people. There's not a ton of features, but the vibrant greens and reds of the redwoods is beautiful enough. The beginning of the Ben Johnson trail gets crowded with tourist buses around noon, so go early to avoid crowds. If you want, you can take the Dipsea trail all the way to Stenson Beach, but that is about 10 miles.

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