Area: Marin County/Mt Tam
Distance: 5 miles
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.
Dias Ridge Fire Rd > Miwok Tr > Redwood Creek Tr > Muir Woods Rd/Shoreline Hwy
- 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