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A great starter trail!

If the park ranger tells you it takes two hours, it might actually take you 3ish. The summit view... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Breezy R
Tough slog, but worth it

The Dipsea race route is 7.5 miles, from Mill Valley across Mt.Tamalpais to Stinson Beach. We hiked... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If the park ranger tells you it takes two hours, it might actually take you 3ish. The summit view was my favorite but there are large portions that are straight up all stairs at almost 90 degree angle. Still beautiful and worth it!

Thank Breezy R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dipsea race route is 7.5 miles, from Mill Valley across Mt.Tamalpais to Stinson Beach. We hiked the 7.25 miles from Old Mill Park to Stinson. I am a regular hiker and found it difficult. You very quickly have to climb the 688 Dipsea steps...More

1  Thank AnjVW
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I took a group out on the Dipsea trail this past weekend. I'd checked with rangers in advance regarding the level of intensity, so we were aware of the 1500 foot ascent over 1.5 miles. It was definitely intense, but so worth it for the...More

Thank PriyaJ372
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Good workout ...amazing forest redwoods and then prairie and beach views.. down to Stinson is easy and flat.. back up to my tam parking lot.. major stairs .. we did 5 miles or so..2 hours ..perfect..more would’ve been too much

Thank drmader
Reviewed 29 July 2018

If you like to run and have a challenging moments this is for you. You departure from Mill Valley downtown (back of Old Mill Park) and arrive to Stinson Beach. It is great experience especillay when it is a foggy day. Carry water with you.

1  Thank silviabuckley
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

This place is the ultimate in beach front dining. It is cute, clean and looks like something designed for a TV set. Great service but it gets crowded because there are not many tables. The food is solid - tacos, burritos, milkshakes, fries, freshly made...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We parked on the beach side walked up to the ridge via the Dipsea and back down the way we came up. After the hike a friend gave us a great map of the area from the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative that shows a number of...More

2  Thank visitall50
Reviewed 15 November 2017

we did this trail for the promise of beautiful coastal scenes but you leave the woods for a lot of this trail and if the fog is in SF (which it is a lot), you will be doing a lot of walking with no views

1  Thank 5Tish
Reviewed 17 October 2017

So a couple friends and I decided to do the whole 10 mile trail to Stinson beach. It was a relatively difficult hike so bringing snacks and water is a MUST. The trail offers some pretty outstanding views and extremely rewarding for the work put...More

2  Thank Sam W
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The hike begins in the town of Mill Valley. The steps for the trailhead are in a very nice neighborhood. The day we hiked it, a couple of section of the steps were under construction. The detour lead us on streets through more neighborhoods. When...More

1  Thank SweetAl
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21 October 2016|
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Response from DebbieG2648 | Reviewed this property |
Meg. There is a lot of beauty and scenery to take in along the 7.2 mile stretch. Depending on your pace anywhere from 3.5 hours to 4.0 hours. I highly recommend the Dipsea map available on Amazon for $8.95. Made by a... More
11 September 2016|
Response from Jennifer R |
I'd recommend starting from the Stinson Beach end if you want to turn around halfway.