Muir Woods Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop

Mill Valley, California

Muir Woods: Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"On the first mile of your hike in Muir Woods, you’ll have to contend with lots of camera-swinging tourists. Overwhelmed by the ancient trees and touched by the sheer tranquility of the place, many walk as if in a cathedral, whispering and respectful. People point and stare up into the high redwood branches and truly marvel at this popular National Monument. Venturing past the milling masses on paved paths, you are rewarded with solitude. There for your discovery are ridge trails lined with young pine trees dripping with grandfather’s beard, bay and alder woodlands with flitting bushtits and hammering woodpeckers, sunny meadows, bridged streams with feathery ferns, hills full of huckleberries, and panoramic views of the Pacific. No picnicking is allowed in Muir Woods proper, but there are plenty of places along the trails beyond to stop for lunch. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."

Muir Woods: Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop Reviews

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Took Public transport from SF civic center. Hiked this trail and then took the shuttle bus to Sausalito and took the ferry back. Very Enjoyable.
Great hike! The Map & Directions were perfectly clear and we were never confused as to where we were heading. Be sure to finish with the Dipsea Trail if you prefer a lighter hike, we briefly thought about doing the loop in reverse because we had to park in the overflow parking lot. We decided against it and thankfully so, the first half of the hike was lush wooded greenery with a gradual climb. The last half of the hike was open field with a downhill grade with some pretty steep sections. Taking the loop in reverse would be a significantly more strenuous hike though very doable. Great for a day hike it took us about 3-1/2 hours to complete with 1 brief stop.
Very scenic, great workout and not very crowded. A lot of great options for connections to other trails.

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Trail Information

Mill Valley
Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Year-round, 8:00 a.m. to sunset
200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,400 feet
Top Elevation
Muir Woods National Monument
Local Contacts

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Jun 2018