Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Muir Woods National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

A nice walk through the woods, and few views are worth the effort, highly recommend for first timers and intermediate hikers

on Bootjack Trail Loop

hiking
14 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! We hiked down from Bootjack, explored Muir Woods, and then hiked back out via Bootjack as well! Outside of Muir Woods we saw very few people! Total serenity! Highly recommend arriving early and getting down to Muir Woods before the crowds arrive! Nice cup of coffee from the Muir Woods Cafe with some homemade banana bread at the base of the redwoods made this trip a day to remember!

hiking
14 days ago

Sigh, didn't realize it was $15 entrance fee. Also didn't realize you had to make a reservation (wasn't this way 5 years ago). Anyways we actually found a parking spot that was .4 miles away from Muir woods entrance, so that worked out, didn't have to take a shuttle. Once you enter it's very pedestrian, and once you actually get to the real hike it's just the same trees with elevation gain that is not rewarding. I'ma be real I'ma a hiking snob, I hiked 8 miles and didn't really enjoy it. If you like forests the entire hike same exact scenery maybe this is for you.

really happy to have taken the time to add this trail on to my trip to muir woods...this trail is an offshoot from the main boardwalk trail at the park. it was really peaceful to walk alongside the creek + escape the crowds. FYI the canopy trail component was closed which is how we tried to access this trail initially so this review is for the shorter loop you can begin to access later on (past cathedral grove)...it was gorgeous nonetheless and I'd love to come back and do this trail again in the fall or next spring.

Canopy route was closed.

Some of the trails were closed due to restoration. Beautiful hike with the family nonetheless.

Good mix of sun and shade. It does go through Muir Woods where the main gate is with all the tourists.

No double/quad dipsea for me, just a stroll through the woods to hang out at the beach. Worth it, so much tougher than I thought it was going to be. It's not a mountain hike or anything, but it's pretty and it'll get your heart pumping if you're walking with somebody on a mission. It gets really hot, really consider your options for the return trip from the beach because we saw a lot of families struggling with those stairs heading into the woods from the beach. If you can't do it, take a bus or plan your shuttle options before hand.

hiking
17 days ago

Love this hike!

hiking
22 days ago

Good hike.. Ascends were not steep. Beautiful redwood views if you take hill valley route one of the ways to or from Stinston. The beach area was not my fav as it felt very commercial, did not feel like a fitting reward to such a hard hike

hiking
off trail
22 days ago

August 25 hiking with a group of friends more then the app shows. Visited both pics East and West and all those views, nature and strong green where the most spectacular experience!

Great hike & exercise. Muir wood visitor center and shops are half way through the hike, giving the ability to carry less by refilling and eating there. FYI: The Muir pass is now $15 (payable at the visitor center halfway in the hike)

Some great climbs!

lots of switchbacks at the dipsea trail junction. very enjoyable

hiking
1 month ago

we took the hillside trail to cardiac hill then took the dipsea trail on the way back down. probably other small trails incorporated and way awesome, such a good workout with a beautiful view of the redwoods, great view of the ocean and top at cardiac hill and more variety of scenery on dipsea. Great experience!!

This trail is one of my favorites. Incredible forests including a trail right through the heart of Muir Woods redwood grove. From beaches to giant redwoods to views of the bay, this trail has it all. If you’re in the area and up for a bit of a challenge, this trail is a must. Make sure you download a map as there are quite a few crossroads. Get there early to beat the crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with well kept trails and California red woods aplenty.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this today and it was absolutely stunning. The surroundings when going up the stairs make it completely worth it. It wasn't too crowded, I only passed hikers coming in the opposite direction. So if you like feeling a quiet hiking experience this one delivers.

Great walk. Mostly foggy but cleared up near Stinson beach

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trail splits so had to look at the map a lot (I’m an out of towner). Not crowded at all and trail was a nice combo of forrest and open areas. It was fun to go the the inn at the top.

Didn’t see the RT version of this on AllTrails, but a round trip needs to be contemplated on Dipsea (over 15 miles and nearly 4k of gain) because few options exist to return from Stinson to Mill Valley (other than hiking back). A rigorous RT hike but with beautiful NorCal vistas. While water is available on trail, bring A LOT if hiking in the summer due to elevation gains.

You need to reserve parking ahead of time @gomuirwoods.com but otherwise a beautiful hike. There’s a water station about halfway once you break out of the forest.

Tough climb, but worth it for the view and Redwoods.

too crowded but the trees are amazing and I love coming back here time and time again

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike it was a bit too foggy for my 18 year old son who wanted views of the Pacific but the fog created a mystical experience thru the redwoods and he loved it regardless. Loved the changes in topography. Lots of stairs a lil hard on my knees but just took it slow. The boys wanted to Uber back from Stinson ha ha but we just took a 30 min break then rallied back. Give yourself lots of time to explore and stare in awe at the remarkable surroundings. We ended a full hour & a half later then expected cuz of exploring. Reserved parking on line for Muir Woods was easy done in advance. Getting there early helped, when we left it was so crowded. Stretching before & after a must! Priceless memory!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail last week. Decided to go up to the peak and then back down to avoid having to take a cab or depend on friends to get me back. The reviews that are posted are not helpful. You don't need reservations as one reviewer said. The stairs that say "not the Dipsea" will get you to the top but are not actually the real Dipsea stairs. Those are likely further to the left. They are wooden -at least in part - and have stone stairs at the top. I took the "not the Dipsea" stairs due to the review and at the top you are left w/no instructions. and have to go to the right to catch the stairs again Intersection of Molino and Cascade to start stairs --right at top down Millside to before Marion - -to top and then left on Hazel to top stairs -you should come out at Sequoia Valley Road and then there are signs. Beautiful views at the top.

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