Dias Ridge and Redwood Creek Loop - Hiking

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Summary

Just to the north of the city, this 6-mile loop has it all: beach relaxation, ridge top ocean views, and tavern time. To fully enjoy the hike, as well as the rest spots, allot a whole day for this adventure.

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Marta Haftek

Distance

6.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.4 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2-3 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Wildflowers are great from March to June, and there are whale watching opportunities, especially in winter months.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Dogs are not allowed on the Dias Ridge Trail, however they are permitted on Muir Beach as long as they are under strict voice control at all times.

Fees Permits

No

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Intro

Just to the north of the city, this 6-mile loop has it all: beach relaxation, ridge top ocean views, and tavern time. To fully enjoy the hike, as well as the rest spots, allot a whole day for this adventure.

What Makes It Great

From Muir Beach, take Pacific Way over Redwood Creek then take a right on to Hwy 1. Just past the Pelican Inn, on the opposite side of the highway, find the Dias Ridge Trail to begin your ascent. The ridge you’re climbing is named after Silvio Dias, a Portuguese farmer, who once owned the land and ran the Golden Gate Dairy in the beginning of the 1900s.

Hiking up 700 feet onto Dias Ridge, you know the dairy farmer was a lucky man; the views of the undulating coastal hills plus the sweeping views of the Pacific are fantastic. Once on the ridgeline, follow it northeast to its intersection with the Miwok Trail on your left; it is named after the people that originally inhabited this area for thousands of years. Switchback down the hill and into the oak forest where finally you’ll have a break from the sun. Keep left to follow the peaceful, but overgrown Redwood Creek Trail to Hwy 1. Turn left onto for the final stretch along the road to the Inn, and eventually to Muir Beach.

Finish up your day by exploring the tide pools, hiking up an intimidating bluff trail to the observation point overlook, and/or lounging on the sand. Feel free to hike this loop in the other direction if you prefer to descend around 700 feet while facing the Pacific Ocean.

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone seeking a great workout, whether it be hiking or running, and a relaxing rest on Muir Beach will enjoy this loop trail. Dias Ridge Trail ends just across the highway from the Pelican Inn -  a seventeenth century style English pub where you can plop down on the lawn and enjoy their drinks and food.

The Redwood Creek watershed is a biodiversity hotspot and home to some of the West Coast’s endangered native species like the California red-legged frog, Coho salmon, steelhead trout and the coastal redwood. As the intersection of several natural landscapes (freshwater wetlands, lagoon, dunes, ocean), it functions together to create the ecosystem needed for these species to interact and survive. Naturalists and bird watchers will appreciate the significance of the watershed's various biospheres, each with its own flora and fauna.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Take US-101 and exit onto 445B for CA-1 toward Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. In about 1 mile, turn left to stay on CA-1 N. Go about 5.5 miles then turn left onto Seacape Drive and park in the large dirt parking lot.  Arrive early on weekends to find a spot.

As a day use only area, Muir Beach is open from 9 AM until one hour after sunset. Although dogs are not permitted on the Dias Ridge Trail, horses and bikes are.

Location

Dias Ridge

37.864886, -122.574427

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