Bootjack Trail Loop is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
Admire the breathtaking Redwood (Sempervirens) Trees as you stroll through historic groves.
Well kept trail. Nice and cool weather when we went. Make sure to bring water as there are no fountains on the trail and a map as always. Have fun!
Hiked this yesterday. Some signage issues but not a big deal. Hiked up Bootjack and then down Troup 80 / Sierra / etc. This worked out well for us because my wife trail ran down; this would have been extremely difficult coming down Bootjack. Nice views along the ridgeline at the top. Very quiet once you get off the boardwalk. Saw maybe 20 or so people.
It's a pretty loop. However, if you start at the Muir Woods center you have to pay the $10 per person park admittance fee.
Great hike. The first part is leisurely through the Muir Wood redwood and then a gradual incline uphill for the next 2 miles on Lower Fern Trail to Sierra Trail then Troop 80 to BootJack Traill. You end the hike cooling down and going downhill.
Me: This trail is easy.
Bootjack Trail: But wait there's more!!!
Me: Oh sh*t.
Bootjack Trail: Surprise MoFo!!! Second half of me is all incline!!!
Me: Oh the humanity!!!
Beautiful trail with a lot of waterfalls and redwoods. You will burn up alot of calories with this hike. Also keep it secret, don't push the common tourist to see this. Anyway, at the top of the trail is a meadow so make sure to play some Rocky music and do what he did at the Rocky steps in Philadelphia. You will be exhausted but proud when you get here.
Head right to what looks like an incline with stone made steps, that is Troop 80 trail (enjoy the beautiful and extremely quiet at times woods and views). It will take you to the easy and do-able downhill Sierra Trail. Once you reach the campground parking lot, make a right into the Fern Creek Trail and in exactly 100 feet the Plevin Cut (short"cut") will be on your right. It will take you to the Camp Eastwood Trail and on to the noisy main trail.
I rated this trail a "3" star earlier, but that was because I actually didn't stay on the right trail! Knowing the area a little better, I connected with Bootjack hiking from Muir Woods & it was awesome! Nice stream & good dose of stairs.
Not sure I stayed on Bootjack trail because it didn't seem like a 6 mile loop. Ended up branching off a side trail down to Stinson Beach that was a little over 4 miles. All downhill so it was pretty easy. Rainy weather forced me to walk a slower pace but it was nice. Saw a few wild turkeys, banana slugs, & various birds.
Bootjack Trail is very nice and peaceful, but start early, and know it's going to be a bit of a climb. Flows a creek most of the way. Hiking sticks will be your friend on this trail for the incline and many thick stairs. Go early to avoid crowds. We did the bootjack to troop 80 to fern creek to lost trail loop and covered about 9 miles total.
As far as beauty and trails go - this is the one to hike. Being from Southern California, this was my first hike amongst the unparalleled beauty that is Northern California.
Parked and started at theBootjack Trailhead. Parking is 8 dollars but nobody was around and all I had was 2 bucks. I'll pay you back someday, CA State Parks, I promise.
Be prepared to walk almost entirely downhill until you meet up with the Muir Woods trailhead and it's tourists. I decided to avoid them and turned around and hiked up to Alice Eastwood campground, where I connected with the Sierra trail, the Troop 80 trail, and then eventually back with the Bootjack trail and parking lot.
Altogether the hike was about 5 miles give or take. Bring water (2-3 16oz bottles should suffice) and some protein/food as the hike took about 4 hours.
One piece of advice: if you're not in shape as much as you'd like to be, maybe consider a different trail as I'm pretty sure I saw "the light" a couple of times.