Past Meetup

Double Dipsea Challenge 3D Hike

This Meetup is past

11 people went

Location image of event venue


Sylvie Hessini at

Marian Stainbrook at

Rating 3D! (Or maybe you'll be seeing in 3D if you finish this one!)

Please join us for a very strenuous hike in one of the most beautiful and diverse of terrains encompassed in the GGNRA. The Dipsea is well known for its scenic and challenging trails. We will hike the trail of the Dipsea footrace, the oldest cross-country race in the US.

Our departure point is the Depot bookstore and cafe in downtown Mill Valley. After traversing a few blocks in Mill Valley's downtown, we will climb 688 stairs leading up the side of Mount Tamalpais, then pass through Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on our way to Stinson Beach. The ascent over the southern shoulder of Mount Tam reaches its apex around the top of Cardiac Hill, about 4.5 miles into the hike.

Among the challenges we will face are the Dipsea Trail's uneven footing, single-track footpaths, and almost invariably steep terrain, featuring about 2,200 feet of elevation gain and loss over the hike, each way.Please be prepared for a very challenging and long day with great rewards throughout the hike. Our round trip is an out and back at 14.2 miles total.

Wear shoes with good traction and support and carry plenty of water, bring lunch. Layers are a must as we may be in sun, fog and rainy fog. The only place to fill up with water on this hike is at Stinson Beach which is the halfway point. We will lunch at Stinson beach.

Meet on the plaza behind the Depot Café, 87 Throckmorton Avenue in downtown Mill Valley at 10 am for a prompt departure. Rain cancels.