Mill Valley

SF Gate: Mill Valley | Location is everything at the intersection of redwoods, bay shore, shopping, and dining

SF Gate: Mill Valley | Location is everything at the intersection of redwoods, bay shore, shopping, and dining

The proximity to streams, trees and hills makes Mill Valley an iconic location for trail adventures from bicycling to hiking, or even running. The grueling Dipsea trail race over the hills to the sea started in 1905. It includes 7.4 miles of trails, from downtown Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, but it's quite exclusive. Only 1,500 runners are allowed, mainly locals.