Explore the most popular birding trails near Mill Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail with a huge diversity of terrain!

Start early and make sure to wear layers. I started the hike counter clockwise to end at the beach. I got sunshine, to rain and dense fog which you can't see 8 ft ahead of you. It was an amazing trail to hike.

7 days ago

Pretty. Get there early for a parking spot.

scenic driving
8 days ago

It’s so beautiful. I love this place.

My favorite backyard hiking area! Easily end up with 15-20 miles. Coastal scenery is top notch, especially sunrise/sunset hikes. Lots of challenging hills to choose from. Great day hike

Had a great hike. The best park was getting away from the crowded areas and exploring the woods.

Absolutely beautiful but start early! A lot of stairs and bring layers as the weather changes quickly throughout the hike!

Not much of a view. Crowded. Trees are dying and falling down. Steep and badly maintained. Go elsewhere.

14 days ago

Recorded route is shorter than mine. I recorded 8 miles to the beach.

Beautiful! Amazing trees!! Great hiking trail and so close to SF that it gives you a great day hike worth the time. We’re visiting from Va. and had to visit this beautiful area.

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

18 days ago

It’s a good entrance to get to the other larger trails without needing to go where all the tourists enter. The entrance can be a little hard to find, but just look for the tiny signs.

The information provided here is wrong. Dipsea trail is 7 miles one way. The trail path mentioned here does not include the first 2.5 miles of the trail.

Combines the essence of Northern Californian Nature - the redwoods, the long open hills, the Pacific coast. Good mix of not so exhausting stretches w very demanding climbs - beware the roots and loose stones. Steps down to Stinson should be taken w caution, and when you return from Stinson take your time on these steps, they are very uneven (no rhythm to establish). A trail that demands your attention/concentration at each step!

Awesome trail! Challenging and diverse.

Beautiful hike! We started at around 8am and finished right as the fog burned off around 11. If I wasn’t photographing or carrying gear We could’ve done it in 2 hours or less. Parking was 8$ and you pay at the ranger station in the parking lot. Very well marked trail

One of the best hikes I’ve done in Mt Tam. You will go though many different types of forest and nature. The lake is really beautiful about halfway through.

We took a couple of detours and made it closer to a 12 mike hike in about 4 hours.

Highly recommend.

Took about 3 hours. Beginning portion on Dipsea trail is all in the sun and uphill. Once Ben Johnson starts it’s all downhill and shade.

It’s nice beautiful trees

1 month ago

Nice, but more hyped up than imagined. Just about every hike in the area is similar unless you go far, and you can only look at the same tall trees so long before getting bored. California has many other, more exciting hikes, but if in SFO area, this is a decent area. Pain that you need to book in advance, bit keeps crowds of tourists out.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good fire road action. Great views and places to refill your water bottle along the way.

This trail is amazing. We also went counter clockwise after reading some reviews. It was a nice glute workout at the beginning and avoids the steep downhill (which I hate). This route has a lot of variety - you have open hills, covered forest, rocky, grassy hills, uphill, downhill... and the views of the ocean are unbeatable. The last section is narrow, could see why it would be an issue in the fog. But the views are worth it!!

1 month ago

My second time doing this trail - felt harder this time! - but absolutely beautiful, quiet, incredible views along the way and from the top. Echo Karl's comments below - wear sturdy boots, bring at least 1L water per adult (and drink half on the way up!), and food to recharge at the summit. Trail is narrow, steep (the whole way) rocky, uneven, loose rocks etc). Leave the kids behind unless they really love hiking challenges. Saw two other hikers on my way up, otherwise just the sound of rocks and the occasional lizard or crow. Go solo - your mind will be refreshed. Allow at least 1:30 for ascent to the fire lookout, 45 at the summit to enjoy and refresh, and 45 to descend.

1 month ago

Narrow, steep , and rocky pathway. Prepare yourselves with proper hiking boots, attire, hydration, and food. It might be wise to go in the early morning instead of midday.

Unfortunately there wasn’t an In-and-Out waiting for us at the top. The views of the city and the bay were breathtaking all the way up.


Honest review by a hiking newbie family of three, with the kid being a 7 yr old girl. We did the trail in reverse with the intention that we might attempt the Dipsea depending on how the kid was doing. Had a parking reservation at 8am and snagged a parking spot very close to the Dipsea trail marker. Trail was very doable for us, but quite warm (full sun on ridge -- end of June). Lots of solitude (maybe encountered 5 hikers), distant ocean views, meadow and forest trails, and tons of butterflies. Kid had heel complaint so we went Stapelveldt (steep desent switchbacks) to Ben Johnson (busy trail, terrain is filled with roots that trips up heavy tired feet, steep in parts, log crossings) to Hillside to Main Muir Woods trail which completes the loop. Before taking this on, we already bought the $1 trail map in Muir Woods.

Great overlooks!

1 month ago

I was underwhelmed. Parking is a hassle and you have to pay ahead and come during your designated time slot. You can only see so many giant trees and the trails are a bit too manicured and landscaped to feel like an actual hike.

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