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Muir Woods to Stinson Beach


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To Stinson Beach
View of the Dipsea Trail
View of the Dipsea Trail
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Trees and Stairs
Trees and Stairs
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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.

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Stairs
Stairs
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Redwoods
Redwoods
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We start out by backtracking until we get to Steep Ravine Canyon. We then follow the Steep Ravine Trail up to the Pan Toll Ranger Station. The Steep Ravine Trail does get rather steep, so steep in fact that you need to climb a ladder. Despite the fact that this is a rather strenuous trail the scenery is very nice and there is plenty of shade to protect you from the afternoon sun. Once at the ranger station you can use the bathroom and refill your canteen at the drinking fountain.



You return to the trail behind the ranger station and climb a short distance to the top of the ridge. From there you gradually descend past redwoods. Once at the bottom the trail becomes paved and the crowds increase. There are plenty of interpretive displays here and when you return to the parking lot there is a small bookstore.

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