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."