Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Mill Valley, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
Every weekend during the summer months, signs on the main roads in Marin County start reading "Muir Woods Parking Lot Full," leaving those who crave a stroll among the wondrous Muir Woods redwoods two options: take a shuttle or try another day. But there is a third option -- Muir Woods National Monument is only two miles by trail from the Pantoll Ranger Station at neighboring Mount Tamalpais State Park. The out-and-back hike along the Bootjack Trail, plus a couple miles of wandering at the Monument, should yield about six miles of heaven under the big trees. There's about 800 feet of elevation loss/gain on a steep, challenging path down to the Monument, so it might be too much for beginners, but it's no big deal for experienced hikers.
Plenty of great redwood and creek views. This is an especially nice trail because it is away from the crowds. I began at the main park entrance at 8:00am on a weekday, so the park was nearly empty. Then took Fern Creek to Bootjack to TCC to Dipsea to Ben Johnson and finally, Hillside Trail - a nice loop back to the entrance. All trails were well maintained, except some switchbacks were cut through on Ben Johnson and even a key sign was down. - May 15, 2015
We took the "Strenuous Route" and had one of the most enjoyable hikes ever. We started/ended at Pantoll. Starting our hike around 8:30AM on a Friday, we had most of the trails to ourselves until we hit Steep Ravine around Noon and we saw more people. Watch out for the steep descents especially at the end of Dipsea before hitting Steep Ravine... we weren't in quite the shape we'd prefer to be so it was a bit tough on the knees, but it was worth it. Great hike!