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Dipsea Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer point to point
77% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,539' 469 m
Descent: -1,980' -604 m
High: 1,360' 414 m
Low: 82' 25 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Tad Davis with improvements by Liz

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

Tad Davis

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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Nov 10, 2019
Sven Indr
Sep 7, 2019
Laura Lynn Bean
Jun 5, 2019
Zoë Rom
Such an amazing trail!! 6.6mi
Apr 13, 2019
Greg Maxson
Dec 25, 2018
Jeff Wang
One of the best in the Bay Area for sure. 15.3mi — 2h 37m
Aug 10, 2018
Janelle Coburn
Finally did the Dipsea! Bucket list check off. 6.6mi
Jun 10, 2018
Hank Goethals
6.9mi
Feb 11, 2017
Eliezer Stavsky

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  4.8 from 26 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
Bombing down Dipsea Trail
Jul 28, 2015 near Bolinas, 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

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