The Dipsea Race, for which the path is presently celebrated, is the second most seasoned foot race in America. The Dipsea Trail, which runs from the small Marin County enclave of Mill Valley right to the Pacific Ocean, includes about 688 steps for just the first mile and will take you through 2,000 feet of height gain.
While marginally demanding, this out-and-back path closes at Stinson beach, permitting you to rest and appreciate the waves after a long climb.
It also permits you to circumvent the difficult-to-reserve parking system required to visit the famous Muir woods.
This itinerary assumes that you have a car and are able to drive, which is the best way to enjoy this itinerary. Otherwise, there are public transit options for getting to and from Stinson Beach from San Francisco and the surrounding area. Find up to date transit data on Google.