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

walking
2 months ago

Not a good beach day, overcast and foggy; water was refreshing regardless. This is an easy stroll along the beach, which is flat, wide and open; were lots of dogs running around. Several access points.

Lady at the gate says it’s private and won’t let us in. She said it’s okay to walk there though.

I departed 25 July from Stinson beach about noon. Great day. Plenty of parking at the beach mid week. There's water at the top of the hill, and of course at Muir woods. $10 to go through Muir woods. I was on travel from the East coast and love to visit this area. Great exercise!

Beautiful trail. Didn’t know about needing to make reservations for Muir Woods. Drove to Stinson Beach to do this trail. A lot of stairs but one of my favorite trail runs. Garmin read over 11 miles.. but we did get a little off the trail. Recommend this for all runners and hikers.

Did this with my 3 year old sister a year ago and beware nudists like to hang down at the beach. Other than that it’s a nice little walk.

It was a fantastic hike and has some great views of the bay on Cardiac Hill. We parked at the Stinson Beach Parking lot. We ended up clocking 12.4 miles on the gps since there is a detour at Muir Woods from Fern Creek Trail to Dipsea Trail. I think this adds about a mile where you walk along Muir Woods road to the Fire Road/Redwood Creek Trail to get back to the Dipsea trail since the bridge is out close the Muir Woods visitor center.

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If you park where the directions on the app send you it will eliminate the need to make John Muir woods reservations. It’s better anyway because aren’t you there to hike? The parking area is just before you turn right on Shoreline from Panoramic Hwy. Looks like a turnout. There’s a sign there marking where the Dipsea trail starts.
You can do this hike with regular tennis shoes, not too difficult. There are some steep parts that will be a workout if you’re out of shape but they go by pretty quick. The scenery on the trail is great and the the trail is clearly marked the whole time. Once you’re in the John Muir section it’s all even ground, bathrooms, gift shop, and you’re walking on wood planks. If you want to avoid paying $10 at the welcome center go left where the road splits going into Muir Woods. If you wanna spend $10 go to the right. You could also be a decent human being and donate a Hamilton to Johnny Muir as a thank you for putting the wooden planks in to make the ascents easier. I would do this trail again.

hiking
9 months ago

Sign said no dogs. I wish the data on AllTrails was accurate. Long way to drive to find out you can't take your dog.

Amazing views! We discovered this trail from Ridgecrest Rd after discovering other hikers emerging from the trail. Looks like most people started their trek from Ridgecrest and parked their cars on the dirted area. The trails starts off like a meadow/grassy area with a slight incline. Once you get over the mountain range you will be amazed by the city and ocean views. Then the rest of the trail is all decline down the mountain side. We were above the clouds, and the teenagers loved it! The return hike was a bit difficult due to the incline but a great work out!
TIP: Route ends in a neighborhood type area, just follow the sprayed arrows (not the painted city ones) the opposite direction. It will take you right to Stinson Beach Market, and just past that Stinson Beach.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Easy

walking
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lovely place for a stroll

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

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