Epic One-Day Adventures: Hiking and Running on the Dipsea Trail

On Friday, October 14, we will remind all of you of your God-given right to ditch out of work to raft, hike, learn how to surf, or take a motorcycle tour — basically to do any fun, outdoors thing you've been putting off. National Day of Adventure is a skip day for adults where we encourage you to take a single-day adventure that will turn your sick day into a sick! day.

California's Dispea Trail consists of five of the most awe-inspiring — and varied — miles you'll ever hike. It starts in the giant redwoods of Muir Woods and ends in the white sands of Stinson Beach.

Muir Woods is one of the last old-growth coastal redwood forests on the planet, where redwoods can grow more than 300 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

Once out of the woods, there's the 1,365-foot vista, with a panorama of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean.

It's downhill from there to Stinson Beach, where you can surf, swim, or lounge on the sand before making the return trip.