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Very easy to follow trail.
Beautiful views!

This is a great hike with a nice variety of views and a good work out. I took the Willow camp fire road as another reviewer suggested, I glad I did as it gave some different coastal views but beware it is a bit steep.

22 days ago

Great hike down into Muir Woods National Monument, and then back up. Like others have said, you cannot see the ocean, but plenty of amazing redwoods.

We arrived at 9:30 and it was easy to park, facilities were available and the trail boasted fantastic views. Things worth noting if mobility or balance is an issue: sometimes the trail has very steep stairs, exposed roots, narrow passage.

I hiked Cataract Falls before during the dry season. But it was mid-March this time and the Bay Area had received a healthy dose of rain all week, so I wanted to return to see the falls in all their splendor.

Hiking to the falls from Stinson Beach certainly adds a degree of difficulty and is great for the more adventurous hiker. Beginners should probably start at the trail head at the southern tip of Alpine Lake.

I really enjoyed the Matt Davis ascent up the west side of Mt. Tam. All the switchbacks and bridges and steps make for an fun hike.

The coastal trail gave me an unexpected surprise about half-way from Matt Davis to Cataract Falls. Right below Ballou Point, you'll come across an old 1940's Pontiac wrecked right along the trail. I'm guessing it took a tumble down from Ridgecrest Blvd. about half a century ago.

The Cataract Trail was so amazing after all the recent rainfall. Everything was so lush and the falls were spectacular.

On the way back, I took the advice of another reviewer and went down the Willow Camp Fire Road instead of crossing back over the coastal trail to return via Matt Davis to Stinson Beach. I would also recommend this as it shaves a mile off the overall hike and offers some different views of Stinson Beach looking to the north. The trail is called a fire road, but it was mostly a single track until you get close to the bottom, so don't let that deter you.


Fun trail. The stairs were fine (novice-moderate hiker, here). Great views of the Bay.

Beautiful hike. Takes you through the gorgeous redwood forest, and has some nice elevation gain. Be mindful you will have to reserve parking online which was $8 I believe, and then pay $10/person to get into the park.

Awesome Hike!


This is a great hike but it’s long and uphill for the first 7.5 miles. If you have experience hiking 8-10 mile mountain hikes, then go for it. Plan your route so you are on Fern Creek Trail coming down from the summit - it’s steep and the most difficult part of the hike. The entire loop is very scenic from start to finish.

You can also park at the Pantoll Station and hike down to Stinson Beach either from Dipsea or Steep Ravine, and hike back up either way.

Matt Davis trail is a nice stroll in the park. Cataract Trail, I was very impressed with the waterfalls. For an added challenge, don't go on the Coastal Trail as the map suggests. Take a slight right, go up the hill and take one of the paths to Rock Springs Trailhead to get back onto Cataract Trail. I logged 14 miles in 5 hours.

Nice and hardest trail. That too initial 2.0 miles from Stinson beach is the best I have experienced it ever. Really worth for 5 star

Very moderate with some steep hills

We started from/ended at the Visitor's Center parking lot. Muir Woods is gorgeous, and it was nice to get away from the crowds on the main loop.

Incredible views throughout the entire hike!

Parked at Muir Beach parking lot then walked an additional 1/2 mile to the trailhead. Hiked clockwise - the first several miles are a gentle hike through a pretty valley; then a steady uphill 2.5 mile climb on the Redwood Creek Trail / Dipsea Trail. Trail then meanders along TCC Trail for several miles followed by a steep descent along the Bookjack Trail into the Muir Woods Monument. Then back through the initial meadow and back to the start. The rating on this trail is “easy’”. This is not a difficult hike but an “easy” rating can be misleading considering the entire loop from the parking lot is 12 miles of mountain hiking.

This was mine and my boyfriends first time at Mt. Tam and it was absolutely breathtaking. I would highly recommend this hiking trail to anyone! I'm not an avid hiker and I'm considered a beginner and this hike was completely feasible for me. I would highly recommend you do the hike "clockwise" because if you go "counter clockwise" you will hit a bunch of steep steps that runs about a mile long and that's not a great way to start the hike. You will see beautiful views of the coast and Stinson beach. We'll definitely be back again soon :)

Hike was great. Very scenic. There wasn't too much water flow, so I'll definitely be going back in the spring time to see those waterfalls. Also make sure to do the hike clockwise. I did it counter clockwise and it was a challenge going up those steep stairs.

8 months ago

Being 26+ weeks pregnant, it's very hard to find hikes that were both interesting and technically feasible for a pregnant woman. Thank goodness I found this hike. The trail is well marked and the inclines and declines were very mild, and where its steep, the trail turns into steps.

Gorgeous trail, just wish I brought hiking poles for extra stability when descending those steps. Also, watch out for the poison oak.

Took one long stop for lunch break and in total about 4 hours to finish at my snails pace.

8 months ago

Long but moderately hard hike. prepare to take as long as you need to finish.

Really good way to get into some Muir Woods redwoods without driving to the valley floor. Nice trails. Lots of people.

trail running
9 months ago

Awesome trail running. Very scenic and beautiful.

Very long, challenging hike. Steep Ravine is the one of the prettiest trails I have seen. There is a big parking lot in Stinson Beach that parking was easy. We got there around 8:30 on Saturday. The fog was so thick in the morning we decided to start Dipsea-Steep Ravine instead of Matt Davis - it was still foggy at the peak we couldn't see SF and GGBridge. We were amazed how many bridges we crossed on the trail that we thought we should have counted them. Even though it was foggy in lower elevation it was sunny and hot after Pan Toll. Fern Creek Trail from the peak was so steep and exposed we were glad it was downhill instead of up. The peak was crowded but the view was amazing. It took us all day to finish but we have done it - the sea to the peak hike that I wanted to do and the experience was very satisfying.

Great hike, bring water, exposed at times.

I like this trail, but honestly the lower part without the summit is the highlight for me. After Pantoll there are some great views, but in the summer the fire road part is exposed and HOT. We had a tough time because of the heat. We did start by 830am or so, and it was lucky, because the heat slowed us down significantly and we didn't finish til early evening. Do it in cooler weather, and/or start early. Also the signage after and around Pantoll can be kind of confusing, so we took some wrong turns. Still found the summit just fine, in about the same mileage.

10 months ago

This trail has been renamed to Canopy View Trail, which is more appropriate considering there is no ocean view. It's a very nice, peaceful, and easy hike. I wouldn't go out of the way for this hike, but it is great if you are already chilling with the redwoods at Muir Woods.

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