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Best trails in Muir Woods National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in Muir Woods National Monument, California? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Muir Woods National Monument ranging from 3.9 to 11.5 miles and from 9 to 2,552 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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. Shuttle services run every day between mid-June to early August, but just on weekends and holidays the rest of the year. Shuttle tickets are $3/ person and can be purchased at gomuirwoods.com. 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. Accessibility: All shuttle busses are wheelchair-accessible, and there is accessible parking at all shuttle stops. Assisted listening devices and wheelchairs are available for loan at the visitor center, and there are also accessible bathrooms. The gift shop and cafe are accessible. Trail maps are available in large-print text, braille, and audio download formats. More accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/muwo/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Muir Woods National Monument
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Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
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Contact
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Muir Woods Trail
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
Accessibility: This trail begins as a boardwalk and later turns to asphalt after Bridge 2. It is mostly flat with an average grade of 2% and a max grade of 4%. It is typically at least three feet wide. Manual wheelchair users may need some assistance between Bridge 2 and 3 due to some weathered areas. There is a water refill station past Bridge 3. A wheelchair-accessible shuttle service from accessible parking lots is available from Marin and Sausalito to Muir Woods. The visitor center is nearby with wheelchairs available for loan, as well as accessible bathrooms.Show more
#2 - Dipsea Trail
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply. The Dipsea Trail (or the Ben Johnson Trail) through Muir Woods National Monument to Stinson Beach is an amazing trail through the famous California redwoods.Show more
#3 - Bootjack Trail Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
NOTE: As of June 2020, parking reservations are required when visiting Muir Woods. Please make your reservation here - www.gomuirwoods.com Admire the breathtaking Redwood (Sempervirens) Trees as you stroll through historic groves. Show more
#4 - Ben Johnson to Dipsea Trail Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Please note: Deer Park Fire Road AND Dipsea Trail are CLOSED due to construction between Muir Woods Road and Ben Johnson Trail. Please use alternative routes. If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply. Show more
#5 - Fern Creek, Lost, and Ocean View Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Note: As of September 2019, some of the trails were closed due to restoration. Starting at the visitors center, take the boardwalk into Muir Woods to where the Fern Creek Trail splits off. Follow that until you get to the Lost Trail and take a right. When you intersect the Ocean View Trail take a right and it will take you right back to Muir Woods.Show more
#6 - Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley Trailhead
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
This trail takes you from the picturesque town of Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, it can also be hiked from either direction, but most people opt to go from Mill Valley to the coast. The Dipsea Race, for which the trail is now famous, takes place here every year, and it’s speculated as one of the oldest trail races in America. The start from Mill Valley begins with nearly 700 steps in the first mile, the plaques with names on the steps honors previous Dipsea winners and participants. The trail is well marked with a Dipsea sign, it gets very steep in sections, and some parts through fire roads which are more exposed, offering less shade. Some sections are especially technical through forests, flowy singletrack among majestic redwoods and coastal landscapes, with breathtaking views of the Pacific. Please note: This is a point-to-point trail, you’ll need to either leave a car at Stinson Beach for your return trip, or take the Marin Transit shuttle (No. 61) back to Mill Valley. Or if you are feeling up for a challenge, you can do “the Double Dipsea” and run the legendary Dipsea Trail both directions. Show more
#7 - Muir Beach to Tennessee Beach Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
Please note you can bring your dog on a leash all the way to the cut off to Tennessee Valley but there you have to turn around. Excellent loop hike beginning at Muir Beach and taking in Tennessee Beach and Pirate's Cove. When done right, this hike has it all: wildlife, views (of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, and rugged stretches of Pacific Coast), beaches, etc. Much more interesting than doing the more typical out and back from Muir Beach to Tennessee Beach along the Coastal Trail. If you start in mid-morning, Tennessee Beach makes for a great picnic spot.Show more
#8 - Sun, Redwood, Lost, Bootjack and Dipsea Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Please note: Deer Park Fire Road AND Dipsea Trail are CLOSED due to construction between Muir Woods Road and Ben Johnson Trail. Please use alternative routes. If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply. Show more
#9 - Coastal Trail and Coastal Fire Road Loop
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
#10 - Hillside Trail
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
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