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

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 987 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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.

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

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Gabe Bider
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HikingRocky

Nice trail through Muir Woods. At the start some parts are one way, but you can maneuver throughout and then cut left at bridge 4 and head up and you’ll be okay. First part of the hike is forest and the last part is an open ridge. Personally, I think Mt. Tam has better trails with better views, but it was nice and especially if you want something easily accessible because the first part is paved/wooden. Parking reservations required. Mainly just a hike to see the trees and even then they aren’t THAT huge if you’re used to hiking Mount Tam. I imagine this trail would’ve been more enjoyable in the winter when the river/creeks were running with much more water and there were water falls. There were many dry creek/river beds along the first half. Not a hard trail overall pretty easy.

Kumar Saurabh
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Hiking

Moderate hike, lots of shade.

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Junaid Anwar
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HikingGreat!
Madeline Ng
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HikingGreat!

All trails open and (luckily) spotted no wasps though there were warning signs up. Good trail, not many people, 90+% mask wearing compliance. Suggest adding some mileage by going in the direction of Stinson Beach on Dipsea Trail for awhile to peep the ocean before doubling back. Nice mix of things to see and terrain.

Oscar Hernandez
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Hiking

totalmente de primera.

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Jordan Ye
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Sreenidhi Sreesha
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Justin McCombs
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Hiking

Parts of the trail were closed but was still able to do a loop. Tacked on a couple of miles. Came to 15.3 miles and 5600 elevation gain

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Niels Van Dorp
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Saeid Rasulkhani
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K T
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HikingFeeMuddy

great trail, well signed and we'll maintained. bunch of people at the beginning near the visitor center but pretty empty once you get out past the first half hour

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Nik Shah
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Hiking

Multiple trail closures so actual route will take 5.2 miles. Totally worth it though. Quick workout.

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Katherine Ketz
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Philippe Pepin
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Frederick Kurniadi
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Some detours

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Kulin Shah
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HikingBridge outMuddyOver grown

awesome trail, good weather, parking needs reservation.

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Geet Godbole
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Hiking

Started at Muir Woods Visitor Center.. beautiful redwood trees but very crowded first mile or so.. got peaceful and quiet once I got on Ben Johnson Trail.. got a great view of the ocean on the Dipsea trail but not much shade that side. I enjoyed the Muir Woods part more!

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Alison Rose
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Hiking

Basically no one on trail once we left Muir Woods main section of the park. Easy inclines and some beautiful views back to the ocean (although it was hot in the sunshine compared to the shade back near the park). Really fun and easy loop.

Donald Kitchen
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Hiking

Dipsea section not crowded at all.

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Lauren Arcangelo
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