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Muir Woods is a short drive (12 miles) north from San Francisco and is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This National Monument is known for its forests filled with coastal redwood trees, some of the biggest trees in the world. The area is often blanketed in fog which adds a mysterious atmosphere to any visit, and also helps the redwoods survive in the drier summer months. In May 1945, Muir Woods was host to a very special international event. United Nations delegates meeting in San Francisco traveled to Muir Woods to honor the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a special memorial in a grove of redwood trees. Please visit the United Nations Memorial Service for President Roosevelt at Muir Woods page for more information. Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse. Hours: November 5, 2017 - January 27, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. January 28, 2018 - March 10, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. March 11, 2018 - September 15, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. September 16, 2018 - October 13, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. October 14, 2018 - November 3, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. November 4, 2018 - January 26, 2019: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Incredibly gorgeous hike! Started at Stinson Beach and went to Muir Woods and back (best option for parking/there's a bus that goes from Stinson Beach to Sausalito). Great views of the Redwoods throughout the hike! Would rate it more as moderate though: there was an extended climb of scares, then another turning back from Muir Woods, but otherwise it wasn't too difficult.

Beautiful trail. Didn’t know about needing to make reservations for Muir Woods. Drove to Stinson Beach to do this trail. A lot of stairs but one of my favorite trail runs. Garmin read over 11 miles.. but we did get a little off the trail. Recommend this for all runners and hikers.

Went from Stinson to Muir Woods and back. Recommend this way as you start and end at beach and it’s easier for parking and public transit.

Nice hike and great payoff if you go slightly off trail on the Dipsea to see the views of the ocean.

19 days ago

Lovely hike!! It was about 85 degrees and sunny with a mild breeze the day we went, so it was pretty much perfect. We did the trail clockwise so we could get the initial 1.5 mile uphill out of the way and then do the coastal half last with its rolling hills and delicious scenery. The second half does have uphills, so be prepared :) Also, there is NO SHADE anywhere along the trail, wear sunblock and/or stay covered.

Always beautiful and super crowded. Love this place but the crowds and parking make it tough.

Amazing trail. Lots of stairs and climbing in the woods where no sunshine gets through. Your thighs will be burning. *disclaimer* if you make it all the way to Stinson beach please note there is no bus Uber or Lyft in that town to take you back after the 9 miles lol. There is only one taxi in that small creepy town but the beach is beautiful. No cell reception either. Experienced hikers only.

Beautiful hiking trails and beach view. National park so there is other fun things to do.

I did a modified version of this trail. I took the Dipsea Trail to Ben Johnson Trail to Bohemian Grove Trail to the Main Trail past the Cathedral Grove to the Bootjack Trail to Pantoll campground to John Davis Trail back to Stinson Beach. Nice variety of views, great work out too. Roughly 13 miles, 3000ft up and 2700ft down.

27 days ago

Had to experience this trail Saturday. First you have to reserve you a spot for parking its $8 . lot was packed and we came like 4pm. entry fee is $10 per person. nice scenes of large trees and views.

Literally the best hike I’ve ever taken in my life. No joke. Did an up and back with my sister and we decided to take another loop route down from Muir Woods. Followed the stream up to the top of the ridge then back down. Amazing ocean views. Diverse vegetation. And of course unforgettable walk around the giant redwoods in Muir Woods. One for the memory books.

Really nice trail. It’s been awhile since I’ve been hiking in the area and this was a nice trail to get reacquainted! We started in the Muir Woods overflow parking lot (remember that reservations for parking are now always required, and they scan your barcode at the entrance so be sure to download before your trip; there’s no service in the park). From the overflow parking lot, you can hop right onto the Dipsea Trail and hike up to Ben Johnson which will take you straight to the scenic walk and visitor’s center. Redwoods require fog for much of their water supply, so regardless of time of year, some places will be wet. If you start at the Dipsea trail from the parking lot, you miss the ticket booth so may want to give a donation at the end. If you start from the scenic walk and take Ben Johnson to Dipsea you’ll need to pay $10/adult to enter. If you have more time, I’d definitely recommend the Matt Davis trail from Stinson Beach, too!

on Muir Woods Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful!! The old growth redwoods are huge and magical. I wouldn’t call this a trail since it’s more of a walk. Perfect for older parents/grandparents, wheel chair accessible, path is a wood boardwalk for the first half and a well groomed dirt trail for the second half of the loop back from the ‘4th bridge’. There are many places to sit and rest. Come early! Like arrive at 8:30 am early! Get your required parking reservation online. There are tons of crowds and you’ll have to wait for a parking spot to clear up (even with a reservation).

Great quick easy walk for a Sunday afternoon. Would do again for sure.

1 month ago

Amazing views all the way through! We did this Trail counterclockwise since we couldn’t find parking at Muir Woods. Beautiful nevertheless!

Decent trail. Would rate easy to moderate. Great views.

1 month ago

Great hike with a bit of a climb opening up to a beautiful view of the Bay Area.

Fascinating trail, it looks like someone has done gardening throughout the trail , if you go from Stinson beach to Mill valley, it’s steep

Great hike! Got to see a bit of Muir Beach, Dipsea, Mt. Tam, Steep Ravine.

Great trail loop that starts out with some views and an uphill climb and ends with nice redwoods in Muir Woods.

Amazing historic trail going through the woods, grassy hilly pastures and along the coast. I parked on the highway and walked down and then on the way back took the matt Davis trail up and connected to old mine trail to get back to the dipsea. That was about 15 miles and worth it

2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

Wow! Started off surrounded by giant redwoods and Sequoias, ended surrounded by the ocean. A beautiful hike. Very challenging going up and over the mountain and lots of stairs in parts. Only went out...not back (that would have been a bit crazy for my family). Loved every second of this trail!

2 months ago

relaxing hike. such beautiful trees.

Not going to lie, that hurt. Hurt so good :) Gotta do it, though, it is quintessential Bay Area. It was a foggy, misty day, perfect for not overheating on this brutal hike. I started at the stairs from Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, which climb about 760 ft in a mile up to the Panoramic trailhead where the AllTrails route begins. I think in order to say you did the Dipsea you must include the stairs...you have to earn it :) Also, that’s where the infamous race begins, so start there if you’re training. FYI a bridge is closed in Muir Woods until summer and so you have to take Deer Park Fire Road just a tad south of the Dipsea on Muir Woods Road.

Amazing foliage

3 months ago

Beautiful area just out side of San Francisco. It was breathtaking seeing the redwoods. Can get pretty crowded so I suggest arriving early.

nice chill beautiful hike

The only way to the trail head we could find is through the main park entrance and then taking bridge number 4 and Ben Johnson trail up where it intersected with Dipsea trail. We followed the Dipsea trail sign after that but it looped and we noticed from Garmn navigation device that we were only a mile away from the car at some point. So we had an option of taking the road and coming back to the car or going back the same way we came in. So most probably we were on a sort of different route but still enjoyed climbing up and later descending in redwood forest as well as distance Pacific views from the top. Even came across a deer.
The trail was crowded and full of trail runners who ran despite the risk of tripping hazard. One of them ended up falling and bleeding...ouch

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