A Double Traverse of the Dipsea Trail

Organized by the Stanford Outing Club

Photos by Neil Mishalov

On 31 July 2005, we did a 14.5 mile hike on the Dipsea Trail

We started this little ramble in MILL VALLEY at about 10:40 a.m., and hiked 7.25 miles over the southern flank of MOUNT TAMALPAIS to STINSON BEACH. Then, after a short rest on the beach, we turned around and hiked back on the same trail to Mill Valley, arriving at about 6:00 p.m. There was a total elevation gain of 4,460 feet. Approximately 20 hearty souls participated in the hike. The leader of this DIPSEA TRAIL excursion was Lily Tam

All photographs were taken with a Canon S50 camera

Images and Text Copyright © Neil Mishalov


Topographic Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed

Hike data gathered with a Garmin 60C GPS RECEIVER

Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Satellite Photo Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed

TerraBrowser satellite mapping program for Macintosh OSX by CHIMOOSOFT

GPS track converter by GPSBABEL

A panoramic view from the Dipsea Trail looking east and south. San Francisco is under the fog bank; the two peaks in the distance are part of the Mount Diablo massif

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There were approximately 20 people that participated in this hike. However, right from the start, the main group broke into smaller groups of hikers who had a similar pace. In the distance is the old Air Force radar site located on the west peak of Mount Tamalpais Most of the hike was in the sun. Thankfully a portion of the hike was done in the wonderful summer fog that envelops a good portion of the San Francisco Bay Area Fog and mountain
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Mount Diablo is about 40 miles to the east We are now heading to Steep Ravine, where we will make a precipitous descent on our way to Stinson Beach
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On the outskirts of Stinson Beach This is Lily Tam, the fearless leader of this hike Here is Lauren Wye, the president of the Stanford Outing Club
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On the beach A few hikers took a little snooze before the hike back to Mill Valley Amy
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Chia and Dan
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Sundeep, in the black shirt, drove to Stinson Beach, and hiked back to Mill Valley with the group Heading back to Mill Valley
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In the distance is the coast line of Point Reyes National Seashore Leaving Stinson Beach A group of hikers on the trail ahead
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Another group of hikers The beginning of the Steep Ravine climb Steep Ravine steps
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Up we go Oakland is in the distance San Francisco is under that delightful cool layer of Pacific Fog
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Part of the Dipsea Trail goes through Muir Woods National Monument The east peak of Mount Tamalpais Now as we arrive back in Mill Valley, we will descend the famous Dipsea Steps, which consist of 676 steps, in three different segments. This is a portion of the upper segment
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This is a portion of the middle segment This is a portion of the lower segment A group portrait of some of the hikers. A number of hikers have already left the area. This group portrait was taken in a old gravity car used between 1896 and 1930 as part of the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad

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