My brother Patrick and his wife Melissa invited us to hike with them on a section of the Dipsea Trail in Main County. It’s home to the world’s oldest cross-country trail race and it was a really gorgeous hike! It started at Stinson Beach and from there we hiked up above the beach and into a nearby canyon along a heavily flowing creek. We were surrounded by bay laurel trees, redwoods and every fern imaginable.
Mile markers for the race:
At one point, Patrick and Tommy were joking about getting Tommy’s hair wet and Patrick tried to dip his head into the stream.
Patrick’s water bottle fell into the stream and we all scrambled around trying to get it before it washed too far down the creek. He got it finally!
And then they tried to get Tommy’s hair wet again. The water was COLD!
Moss covered almost everything!
There was a lot of climbing!
As far as how challenging this hike was, I’d say it was moderate. There were lots of stairs made up of rocks and wood planks. It was very narrow in some spots, not wide enough for folks to pass each other. The ladder was a challenge, but definitely doable with Matthew on my back. I wouldn’t do this hike with little ones walking on their own, but Tommy handled it well at 6 years old with his Uncle Patrick to keep him entertained in a few spots.