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Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop

Mill Valley, California

based on 1 reviews



3.69 miles

Elevation Gain

974 ft

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The Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop in Mill Valley, California, is a moderately challenging hiking trail. Spanning approximately 3.69 miles, the trail features a variety of terrain, including forested areas, open fields, and steep staircases. The trail is known for its unique Dipsea Stairs, a set of wooden steps that ascend sharply through a dense grove of cypress trees. The trail offers views of the surrounding landscape, including the Pacific Ocean and the city of San Francisco. It also passes by several notable landmarks, such as the Old Mill Park and the Cascade Falls. The trail is well-marked, but hikers should be prepared for some steep and uneven sections, particularly on the Dipsea Stairs. For those planning a hike, it's recommended to start early in the day to avoid crowds and to bring plenty of water. The trailhead is located near downtown Mill Valley, with parking available on nearby streets. Despite its challenges, the Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop offers a rewarding hike with diverse scenery and stunning views.
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Cypress Trail and Dipsea Stairs Loop Reviews

First you go up the 3 Dipsea stairs from Old Mill Park. After a brief walk on Edgewood and Cypress Sts you get to the actual trail head. Then you are in the redwoods! You keep going downhill until you get to Cascade Ave, walk back to Old Mill Park. Very easy and anyone can do it, although it is not accessible. Very beautiful, can be your first introduction to this California unique landscape. Bonus: you will be passing Cascade Falls on your left, take the extra few steps to enjoy!

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