Ben Johnson Trail

Muir Woods National Monument, California

Elevation Gain1,189ft
Trailhead Elevation1,093ft
Elevation Min/Max221/1093ft
Elevation Start/End1093/1089ft

Ben Johnson Trail

Ben Johnson Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Muir Woods National Monument. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 1,093 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,189 feet. This trail connects with the following: Dipsea Trail, Fern Creek Trail, Hillside Trail and Deer Park Fire Road.

Ben Johnson Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Linking the deep forest of Muir Woods with ocean views and rolling meadows, the Ben Johnson Trail is a spectacular challenge for the energetic hiker. The undeniable, and well-deserved, focus of Muir Woods is the coast redwood forest. But these woods are intrinsically tied to a completely different and infinitely complex ecosystem—one that stretches from the California shoreline west to China—that of the Pacific Ocean, with its cooling winds and nurturing fog. The steep, steep Ben Johnson Trail leads up through the fog-tied woodlands to a windswept ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean; a ridge that traces the border of the redwood forest and the grassland and shrubland that sweeps down to the coastline. From the ridge, on a clear day, you can look south over the Marin Headlands to San Francisco, and west out across the ocean to the Farallon Islands and beyond."

Ben Johnson Trail Reviews

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This is a beautiful hike on a sunny day. After a steep uphill climb through gorgeous redwoods you are rewarded with a magnificent ocean view and a nice flat meander through the grass before heading back down the dipsea trail.

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Trail Information

Muir Woods National Monument
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Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael; Muir Woods National Monument Map (National Park Service); Muir Woods Map and Guide to Trails, Plants and Wildlife (Golden Gate National Parks Association)
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Aug 2018