Walk amongst the Clouds at Dipsea Trail

Forested pathways, glittering ocean views, and a staircase to the clouds!

Reach new heights while hiking the fun and outrageously beautiful Dipsea Trail located right here in the Bay Area! With stunning redwood forests, ample micro-environments and Pacific Ocean views, this trail is worth every step it takes to get there! Literally! This 3.9 mile hike will definitely have you feeling the burn and features endless steps, ladders, and bridges to help descend through this steep ravine while breathing in the lush greenery and nature all around. The serenity of your environment takes away from the real shocker that this trail possesses. 1,000 feet. Elevated climbs of 1,000 feet and yet the only thing on my mind is the fact I was above the clouds with fog surrounding me. 

Perfect For

  • Redwoods

  • Beautiful nature hike

  • Couple hike

  • Group hike

  • Solo hike

Packing List

  • backpack
  • layers of clothing
  • water
  • food/snacks
  • first-aid kit
  • sunscreen
  • hiking shoes



  1. Begin at the Old Mine Trail and turn left to Dipsea Trail
  2. Marvel at the glittering Pacific Ocean 
  3. Walk through the fog and view the world 'above the clouds'
  4. Descend to the beautiful forests and woodlands
  5. Climb the steps through the steep ravine
  6. Notice the lush greenery and multiple micro-environments around you
  7. Take stunning pictures in the redwood forests 
  8. Climb the 14-rung wooden ladder 
  9. Look for mini creeks and waterfalls along the stone steps and bridges
  10. Celebrate a hike well done!

Q & A

Yes. Pantoll lot has $8 parking fee and overflow parking is available at the Bootjack parking lot a quarter-mile up the road ($8 parking fee).

Rules & Safety

The Dipsea and Steep Ravine Trails are one of the most popular places in the Bay Area to hold organized trail runs. Because hiking the trail gets kind of annoying when people are running past you every few seconds, it's a good idea to check a trail race schedule first.