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Dipsea Trail

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 4.8 (30)

Home of the oldest trail race in the United States, the Dipsea Race started in 1905.


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Map Key

6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Point to Point

1,360' 414 m

High

82' 25 m

Low

1,539' 469 m

Up

1,980' 604 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts with 688 stairs as the trail leaves Mill Valley. After crossing Muir Woods Rd, the trail begins climbing fairly steeply up Mt. Tam on a sometimes rooty singletrack. The climb tops out on Cardiac Hill at a four-way intersection. Continue straight as the woods are left behind and the sky opens in front of you. Climb for awhile longer and then the trail will begin to roll, not gently but overall down nonetheless.

The trail enters the woods for section followed by a long set of downhill stairs before you cross a bridge and head left. The trail climbs steeply and then, once again, begins rolling. Finally, the trail will cross Panoramic Highway, continue a short distance more before the final set of stairs leading to Shoreline Highway.

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Shared By:

Tad Davis with improvements by Liz

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  4.8 from 30 votes

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Muir Woods
Jul 28, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Best Picnic spot! Dip Sea Trail and Deer Park fireroad intersection.
Feb 4, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Dip Sea Trail Pine and Coastal Live Oak. The fog that rolls in here is amazing!
Feb 4, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Coastal view from Dipsea Trail
Jul 23, 2017 near Mill Va…, CA
The last set of stairs before Panoramic. Twisty steep drop through the ferns and canyon oaks.
Jan 3, 2019 near Bolinas, CA
Just up the hill from Stinson Beach, you'll find this lush landscape on the Dipsea Trail.
Aug 20, 2016 near Bolinas, CA

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Jul 21, 2021
Mitesh Gala
3mi — 11h 45m
Jul 17, 2020
Jason Levandowski
14.6mi — 6h 41m
Jul 17, 2020
Serena C
First Dipsea hike! 14.6mi — 6h 41m
Feb 18, 2020
Shawn Victa
With ORI Team - top was closed
Jan 19, 2020
Melissa Dalis
Jan 5, 2020
Walter Gaitan
Dec 31, 2019
Christine Cid
Aug 12, 2019
Lena Martinez-Miller