Rating:
Area: Marin County/Mt Tam
Distance: 5 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Medium
Elevation gain: 800ft (from 100 - 800ft)

Almost certain to be a beer lovers' dream, this trail both starts and finishes at the Pelican Inn, a faithfully recreated seventeenth century English country pub, where you can enjoy a shepherds pie by the fireplace or a pint of ale on the lawn.

Set out in a counter clockwise route from an unmarked trailhead across the road from the pub, and you'll soon be climbing up the chaparral covered Diaz Ridge. Seven hundred feet of elevation gain later and you'll be overlooking Muir beach to the west and admiring the Mt. Tamalpais State Park landscape to the north.

Follow the ridgeline north-east for just under a mile and you'll hit the junction to the Miwok Trail, named for the folk who originally settled in the area as long as five thousand years ago. The Miwok trail switchbacks down the hill and into the oak woodlands that also share the return leg of the route - the Redwood Creek Trail, and onto the final half-mile along the road back to the pub.

Route Summary:
Dias Ridge Fire Rd > Miwok Tr > Redwood Creek Tr > Muir Woods Rd/Shoreline Hwy

Tangents:
- Trailspotting Images: Dias Ridge Trail on Flickr
- California State Parks: Mount Tamalpais State Park
- California State Parks: Brochure & Map (map on p6)
- The Pelican Inn Website

California Hiking by Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown
101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area by Ann Marie Brown