Hike the Iconic Dipsea Trail

Old Mill Park

You may not be able to enter the famous Dipsea race, but you can still enjoy the trail at your own pace. Feel good knowing you're actually doing the "Double Dipsea" if you hike out-and-back. Enjoy the 15-mile out-and-back trek through towering redwoods. There is a Shuttle that will take you back to Mill Valley from Stinson if you're too tired to hike all the way back. Duration: Half Day.

The Dipsea Race is the 2nd oldest foot race in the US. The race is named after the Dipsea Inn at the end of the trail at Stinson Beach. The good news is that you can enjoy this scenic trail and it's sweeping ocean views at your leisure. The bad news is that the race is only one-way. If you choose, your leg can be out-and-back for a total of 15 miles. Ok, so maybe you don't have to do the full 15. A Shuttle, which picks up at Stinson Beach, can you back to either Muir Woods or Mill Valley.

Starting from Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, you'll head onto Cascade Way, hanging a right on Millside Ln, which connects with the Dipsea Trail. At this point, it's straight on the Dipsea until you reach your 7.5-mile destination at Stinson Beach. Along the trail, you'll come across multiple terrains from Redwood canopies to exposed hillsides with stunning views of the Pacific.

Photos:Carlos de Leon;Alexi Ueltzen;Emily Hoyer

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
  • Lightweight Hiking Clothes
  • Lightweight Jacket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash for beers at the Tourist Club or the Shuttle from Stinson back to Mill Valley
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RT Distance 15 Miles
Elevation Gain 2730 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Worth the hike

Everything from the shaded descent, to the open hills, the verdurous seaside stairs and then the beach. We started from the trailhead at Panoramic Highway, and followed signs for Dipsea trail for approximately six miles, and after resting at Stinson beach we retraced our steps back up.

gotta do the double dipsea at least once :)

The double dipsea is worth it! Views, redwoods, and elevation. The Lunch Box break in Stinson is great. Feeling of accomplishment when you hit that last step at the end...

Walk..Don't Run :p

Love the Dipsea Trail! The beginning sucks with three different sets of stairs.. :) Once your lungs recover from those it's a beautiful hike. The best part is when you finish at Stinson Beach you can grab a delicious lunch and a beer at one of Stinsons many eateries. When you are finished there take the $2 shuttle back to your car.


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