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Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail

Beat the crowds by walking to famed Muir Woods. 6-mile moderate hike.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Every weekend during the summer months, signs on the main roads in Marin County start reading "Muir Woods Parking Lot Full," leaving... more »

Tips:  Save your strength for the return hike -- 800 feet in 1.3 miles is a stern ascent.

Go early in the day: Night falls fast in the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Route

Start out on the Alpine Trail from the north end of the Pantoll parking lot. The .7-mile stretch down to the Bootjack Trail is a fine stroll in its own right, but things get much better on the Bootjack.

Turn right on Bootjack and start heading down the mountain. It's a steep walk, but shady the whole way; it's sublime in the winter when water's ... More

2. Optional Strenuous Route

Experienced hikers up for around 9 miles and over 2,000 feet of elevation gain can take in a loop that comprises one of the best hikes in the Bay Area (and anywhere for that matter).

It goes like this: when you get to Muir Woods, find the Ben Johnson Trail and head north for a mile of steep climbing to the Dipsea Trail. Turn left on the Dipsea ... More

3. Driving Directions

Mount Tamalpais State Park is accessible via the famed California Highway 1, accessible via Highway 101 in Marin County.

Once you're on Highway 101 near Sausalito, look for the CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach exit; turn off and head west on Shoreline Highway (CA 1) till you reach Panoramic Highway (just over 3 miles) -- the main thoroughfare... More