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Wonderful trail with lots of shade. Went with my girlfriends and her 2 friends on a Sunday afternoon in mid-August. We hit the fog in the scenic spots, which was a slight shame. Fun hike nonetheless.

There are so many trails; even though we follow the direction, we still got lost 3 times and had to trek back. At one point the trail showed on the map/GPS doesn’t exist. Wasn’t sure I was going to make it through; but I did, yay! We got some sun, fog, and rain, too during our hike. Was a great hike though - loved it.

Go early. Start at Stinson Beach to Muir Woods. Reward yourself with the beach at the end. It’s beautiful. Excellent trail for running. Saw one snake and it was little. Not overly busy but later on the way back more hikers around. It was beautiful.

I did this hike solo and it was such a beautiful experience. I recommend buying the Dipsea trail map they have at the visitor center in Muir Woods. It helped me get through the whole day without much trouble figuring out the trail because it can get complicated at some points considering there are so many trails in Muir Woods. Start out surrounded by redwoods. End your journey resting your tired ass toes in the Pacific at Stinson Beach. Just to finish off at the beach was one of the most phenomenal feelings and moments of my life. Currently writing this review at Stinson beach because I couldn’t pass up the moment to capture my energy from this hike.

I went last month and it was my life longest hike to date. It was a good workout going up and resting at Muir Beach but the trek back...9 miles out and back...thank God for my beautiful pics!

The trail was lovely and varied and relatively shaded. HOWEVER, if you suffer from acrophobia, this is NOT THE TRAIL FOR YOU! More specifically, when the trail turns into the Bolinas Fairfax Ridge trail, either turn back for a lovely out and back trail or proceed, understanding what you're getting yourself into: an exposed, narrow trail, right next to a steep slope. After remaining in a state of irrational terror for quite some time out on the ridge trail, I will make it a habit to read all the trail reviews thoroughly.

Short hike, the lower portion is paved and accessible, great views and even some connecting trail options, including a nice viewpoint to a rocky overlook. Upper part via the initial "plank trail" takes you to the top and fire lookout, with a great 360 view. Go on a clear day. On top of the east peak of Mt. Tam, this hike is worth a stop with great views of the city and surrounding areas. The pay station was overstuffed, had not been emptied for a while.

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9 days ago

Beautiful trail! Accessible to everyone. BUSY and people are not as quiet or necessarily as respectful as they should be. You do need to reserve your parking space if you are thinking about driving over there. It costs $8. Loved that my husband could come with me. Hes not a hiker and he was easily able to do this. Gorgeous views.

Beautiful. Easy. Quiet. Away from the crowds.

loved this trail! It had such diverse terrain and views. It was absolutely beautiful! It is a difficult trail though for sure. I am from Colorado and hike all over the place but this is now one of my favorite hikes!

Did counterclockwise. Highlight is the alpine lake. Pristine and not even a single soul nearby as I hiked this in the evening. I had a constant fear of mountain lion as there is a sign which said "avoid hiking alone". Nevertheless, found lot of people near cataract falls. Moderate hike.

Great trail, long but not too hard for us, we went anti-clockwise.There is not too much water at the fall but the lake is nice to have a meal break. There are several restrooms at picnic area along on the trail. We started at 9 am and completed at 1:30 pm. Dog, Cat, Crocodile friendly, not so much bugs or mosquitoes. Go early and park your car under big tree. I am kidding about the crocodile anyway.

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10 days ago

Took the SF ferry to Saulsilito and the shuttle to the park. Make reservations early enough to get the time you want on the shuttle.

The main trail with the boardwalks is well done and really nice. We got there early 9:30 so not as many people as when we left around 2pm - busy.

Walked Bootjack trail towards the meadow. No one was in this trail due to the “beware of wasps” sign. We saw them but no issues.

We also did the Fern trail to lost trail to canopy trail which was great! A bunch of steps going up but a different perspective from the top of the forest than the bottom.

I did this trail with my daughters (15, 9). It is beautiful and peaceful away from the crowds. With kids, I am glad we went CCW around the loop. It is a steep climb the other way, and other families we met at the top were exhausted. The CCW loop is a nice steady climb up. The higher elevations of this trail give nice views, and it was a beautiful hike. However, you don’t need to go all the way up if your main goal is to see the redwoods. I am going back with my other 2 daughters, and will do it a little differently. I will start the CCW loop, but only climb 10-15 minutes to get a view from above. I will then go back down, and walk the Redwood Creek Trail to bridge 4 and return on the hillside trail.

Easy short mellow hike with some short steep spots. Good view at the top.

Dipsea half marathon was muddy, raining, tough

The part that goes from parking lot to Rodeo Trail is wrong— the path is covered in brush, unmaintained and impassable. I backtracked and went further along the road to get on the trail. After that it was good. Karl the Fog was in full effect. I got lost as usual. Couldnt run strava cos of battery drain but it feels like I ran at least 13.1

Compared to hikes around, this wasn’t as pretty. Not many views although the woods were pretty. I’m assuming that this time of the year made the creeks dry since we say very little water. I’d stick to other hikes rather than coming back to this one. With that said, I still had a good time with my friend and got my blood flowing. The drive up was nice and there were great places to stop along the road to see gorgeous views of SF. Also, a plus was easy parking right at the trail head and no parking fee.

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21 days ago

My wife & I did the "Canopy View/ Lost/ Fern Creek Trails Loop" that was posted near the entrance of the National Monument area, close to the Visitor Center. The ~2.7km loop was moderately challenging with most of the first half being uphill. Lots of great views of the canopy before coming back down to the main area. We loved it! There were lots of other trail options and we'd love to go back!

Using this exact route we chose to go East first.

Starting at 9am on a Saturday, we saw only about 12 people in total until about the 6 mile mark.

The trail is beautiful but not in a scenic vista way. You will constantly have shade and a limited view of the path before and behind you as it is well grown bushes and trees as well as numerous turns.

We didn't see much wildlife but the manzanitas are amazing as well as the redwoods here and there.

The lake is a nice serene spot to have a small break. No bugs or mosquitoes.

The path is well marked but bring your map on the app as it did help. Also, it is well maintained but there is a lot of erosion which means you will need to concentrate on your steps for most of the entire hike...so a lot of engagement with the path.

If you do this exact hike, if you are just in average shape, it will be hard. If less than average shape, it will be strenuous. If in good shape it will be a good long exhausting hike.

Need to know. No more free parking along the road. Reservations to park within the Muir Woods parking lot required. Cost $6.00. Reservations now required to enter the park. Bus reservations required as well. You can park your car at the Muir Beach public parking lot then walk back up the road to Muir Woods.
It’s a great trail offering redwoods and coastal marine views on the westerly Dipsea trail. Exit back to Muir Beach when you hit the coast road.

This is one of the most scenic and beautiful trails I have ever run! However, it is also one of the most difficult. Many of the uphills and some downhills are not run-able as they are too steep, but there are some stretches that finally level out enough to run normally. This trail has become one of my favorite training grounds for trail running!

One of my favorite hikes in mount tam. Perfect level of difficulty with some steep climbs, gorgeous views, and it’s a loop trail.

#1, get a reservation for parking.
#2, get here super early.
#3, download your maps.

If early, you can do the soon-to-be-crowded part first with relatively no one around. Which is nice. Once you are back on the trails you may not see anyone for a half-hour at a time.

This whole area is what you make of it. Bring your maps!

Bootjack is no joke.

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27 days ago

#1, get a reservation for parking.
#2, get here super early.
#3, download your maps.

If early, you can do the soon-to-be-crowded part first with relatively no one around. Which is nice. Once you are back on the trails you may not see anyone for a half-hour at a time.

This whole area is what you make of it. Bring your maps!

We did this route minus the Hillside Trail Loop and it can kick your ass if in average shape.

This was a pretty okay trail. A little rocky in certain places but some nice views. It as about 10 degrees warmer there than the weather app said so dress in layers! Good thing is not a ton of traffic but the trails could have been marked better.

Fabulous!!! Amazing trail! Challenging at times, but so much fun! Loved every step and all the different sceneries with wonderful vegetation. From the tall trees to the foggy wet areas, mountain and ocean views, so much to see and explore!! Make sure you buy your $1.00 map at the visitor center. The free map is not as detailed as the one you buy. Wear layers as the mornings are cool, but you get warm fast going up the trail. Enclosed shoes are a must. Bring extra water, sunscreen, a hat and get ready to enjoy nature, listen to everything that nature has to offer. We did the round hike, out and back. We had a wonderful lunch at Stinson Beach, walked up to the beach and then headed back to the trail. Our return was a lot faster than our first part of the hike going there. Go early, right when the park opens, the morning fog is beautiful!!!!

1 month ago

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Nature beauty everywhere!!! Will be coming back soon!

Such a beautiful hike! There were creeks, water falls, bridges, a wood ladder, and open groves as well as shade, fog, direst sun, and rain. All in one hike!! So much fun to have such diversity all in one place. Very much recommend, the stairs half way through may have you question why you started but remember it doesn’t last long. Lol

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