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Very nice, but Barbara Springs trail is difficult going downhill.

This is my third time hiking in the area and each time I see something new. This is a great workout with stairs and a good mix of ascending/descending, all with a great view. This is also one of the shorter mileage hikes that features the ridge and the beach.

A fine hike. Good mix of uphill, downhill and some flat. Mostly in eucalyptus forest. The only caution is that the trails are not marked and cell coverage is spotty. So download the map and use the gps when you are unsure - which is a lot.

does anyone recall where the sundial is located on this hike? its an old stone Indian sundial which is off the trail itself. I think its on the ridge part above Forest Knolls.

Just a heads up the trail map at the trail head is different than the one posted here, so pick one or the other to follow.

Saw some nice doggos!

1 month ago

Great hike with great views of golden gate! Make sure to stop by Battery viewpoint! You fee like you are touching the bridge. The beach at the end is awesome! There were a few people there which was super nice :)

Love this trail. It’s beautiful, mostly covered for rain or sun, dog friendly. Not a lot of parking but otherwise delightful.

1 month ago

Gorgeous and fantastic for pups.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoy this hike and the beautiful views. It was hard for me because of all the stairs and steps this hike had but overall it was beautiful!

Great hike! Perfect to enjoy the fall weather and color change. I’m new to the area so thanks to all the previous comments for the tips!

1 month ago

Fun easy little hike

It has a very small part where you can see the bay, so I don’t consider it a scenic hike. Basically you are hiking up and down in the canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views. Awesome beach at the end. Almost no people. A lot of picnic tables with spectacular views.

hiking
2 months ago

If you’re going on a holiday or Sunday, i recommend parking downtown on Magnolia. The parking is free and it’s only a short walk to Piedmont and trailhead. Beautiful hike. Some steep parts but doable.

hiking
2 months ago

Just a short hike to the lagoon but you can hike more if you want to explore in the beach. We saw coyote and deer.

camping
2 months ago

Great hike to bring people from out of town. It’s easy & gorgeous! Makes for great memorable pics.

2 months ago

This was a quick down and back hike .8 miles each way. My dad and I took a long lunch break on a Friday for this route. going in the middle of the day made for easier parking and it wound up a perfect break from the work day!

walking
2 months ago

Super easy, beautiful walk. The directions on the southeast end are wonky, but you can figure it out.

hiking
3 months ago

We went in August and it was still pretty chilly. Loved the views! Not a lagoon you can bathe in but still worth the views

3 months ago

At first you go uphill for about 1/2 a mile and then you start heading downhill. You end up at a beach which is BEAUTIFUL! Coming back the road is steep, but not difficult.

3 months ago

Love this hike, and I’m biased because it’s where my husband proposed. ❤️

I walked this trail on a weekday out to the ocean, it is easy just like all trails said but once you get out to the ocean it’s like you are the only one on the beach, you can go miles and miles north or south with no other people around, only birds and crabs.

hiking
3 months ago

Really great hike! One of the best around. Only saw a few people on the trail and there is plenty of shade! We went in the morning and it was the perfect time. Saw some deer and a banana slug (watch out for them crossing the trail!) Most tourists do not usually hike and just check out the visitor center and around it. I recommend reserving parking in advance online, which is really all you have to worry about when going to Muir Woods.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail for the first time in January and was so inspired by the beauty, I hiked the loop a second time. Definitely tired after 2 loops, but followed it by a great meal at BooKoo in Mill Valley. I’ve returned three times since because the trail views are lovely. In the summer, the amphitheater is used for live theater so we planned a day around it: We watched Mama Mia and then hiked...very fun. I felt safe hiking it alone, but use your own discretion.

Excellent dog friendly trail. Lots of Incline, shade, trees. Bring water for dogs!

hiking
3 months ago

I love this easy hike ! The birding is really good I saw a blue heron here last week.
You can access several trailheads from here as well.

This is a pretty trail with mellow elevations and beautiful views. Also a lot of different trail options along the way.

road biking
3 months ago

Great trail flat until you cross the road to the dam then it gets steep.

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