Muir Woods Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop

Mill Valley, California 94941

Muir Woods Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop

Muir Woods: Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"On the first mile of your hike in Muir Woods, you’ll contend with lots of camera-swinging tourists, awe-inspired by the giant, ancient trees. Venturing past the milling masses, 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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"On the first mile of your hike in Muir Woods, you’ll contend with lots of cameraswinging 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. Venturing past the milling masses, 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. Trails Surface: 1 mile of paved pathway, then well-maintained, mostly single-track dirt trail."
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"This hike in Muir Woods begins with an informative self-guided interpretive nature trail displaying spectacular redwood trees, followed by quiet creekside walking, climaxed by bird's-eye views of some of the tallest redwoods in California. Leave the crowds behind as you journey down serene and shady Bootjack Trail."

Muir Woods: Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop Trip Reports

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8/16/2009
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. http://www.flickr.com/photos/73658893@N00/tags/muir/page4/
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7/15/2008
If you're looking for a place to get away from the crowds, this is about the exact opposite of the trail you want. Not only is the trailhead littered with tourist traps trying to peddle overpriced stuff you really don't want, the "interpretive" nature walk is a boardwalk through an otherwise beautiful redwood forest. If you're looking for a genuine outdoors experience, stay away. On the other hand, if you are handicapped and looking for one of the most accessible trails, this unfortunately is probably one of the best.
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3/19/2007
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.
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4/29/2006
Very scenic, great workout and not very crowded. A lot of great options for connections to other trails.
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8/9/2005
This is a very nice “get away” trail. Has a moderate climb to start then a nice flat section then it goes into the descent. Not to difficult. This trail was completed by me and my wife in less than five hours and this was our first hike. The trail has some very spectacular views along with peace and quiet sounds of nature. Very few hikers were found on this trail during midweek. It does cost $3 per adult to enter; this can be paid at the visitor information booth at the very beginning.
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Trail Information

Mill Valley
Nearby City
6.3
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,400 feet
Top Elevation
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Views
Features
Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Rd., Mill Valley 94941; (415) 561-2850; www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm
Local Contacts
Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes #266
Local Maps

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