Pounded by semi-insane runners every June since 1905, the Dipsea Stairs might be the most storied stairwell in the West. Restored
over the last few years, the steps have cowered beneath local legends like the late Jack Kirk (“the Dipsea Demon”), who finished
the famed 7.4-mile Dipsea Trail race 67 consecutive times. Even if you’re not one of the 1,500 competitors, you’re welcome
to hike, run, or hobble up the shaded 688 steps anytime. Encouraging notes (“Don’t stop now!” “Live life fully!” “Run, Carl,
Run!”) embedded in bronze plaques will cheer you on your way up the stairs leading out of Mill Valley.
Last Reviewed July 2013