The Dipsea Trail has become legendary because of the famous Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race dating back to 1905, which starts in Mill Valley and finishes in Stinson Beach for a total of 7.4 miles. If you have never done the Dipsea before it is recommended to run with someone who is familiar with the course as the trails are not well marked and navigating the road crossings can be a bit tricky. If you stick to the traditional course you will start at Old Mill Park, climb 688 steps, descend back down into Muir Woods, then begin another relentless climb ending at the top of the infamous Cardiac Hill. Catch your breath here as you take in a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. There are still a few miles of technical trails to go before you reach the ocean. Once you arrive in Stinson Beach you can either take the bus back to the start or you can head back the way you came to complete a "Double Dipsea" racking up over 4,200 feet of climbing. If you need to refuel in Stinson, stop in to the Stinson Beach Market at the corner of Shoreline Hwy and Calle Del Mar.
Strava Curated Route
- Distance14.2 mi
- Elevation4,298 ft
- Run TypeTrail
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