From the Muir Woods parking lot we follow the road a short distance to the Dipsea Trail. Once on the trail we climb a bit through a forested trail until we reach the top of the ridge. We then begin a gradual descent and come out of the woods where we get an ocean view.
We turn right at a junction and follow the trail along the edge of a hill, then we reenter the forest and continue our descent to the river in Steep Ravine Canyon. This section of trail is very lush with ferns and oddly shaped trees dripping with moss. Some of the trees are bending over as if burdened with the weight of all that moss.
Once we reach the river we cross it and then turn left. We soon emerge from the forest and follow the trail between the Panoramic Highway and Highway 1. The trail ends right about where the two highways meet. We then follow the road to Stinson Beach.