Explore the most popular river 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
23 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

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

walking
1 month 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

hiking
2 months ago

So we did this trail backwards which I think I preferred since I hate walking downhill. For all the downhill part of the hike we went uphill which seemed hard to some of my hiking companions. Very nice views and not a lot of hikers on the trail. Couldn't record the entire route; the app was killing my phone while tracking and battery was draining fast.

hiking
2 months ago

very peaceful hike

Great trail I went on a weekday and the open grassland part was gorgeous with rolling mist. The part under the trees was green mossy and shaded. Ran into a mama dear and her baby on the trail and waited for them to pass before I continued on. Ben Johnson is a gorgeous continually shaded Redwood single track trail but a long continuous uphill had to take a lot of breaks! 4 instead of 5 stars because the half way point passes through the Muir Woods monument which was hectic with tourists. I lost them quickly as soon as I got on the Ben Johnson tho!

Loved the trail but there are a TON of stairs. I don’t know that I would call this moderate.. I brought friends and after the first mile up the steep stairs we all wanted to turn back. I wish I knew how to do this hike backwards..

Awesome trail! We started from Bootjack Campground and hiked TCC trail to Cardiac Hill. Amazing views from there!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of trees to get cover from the sun.
Lots of stairs to climb.
Tall trees and a creek along the way

Not really a heavy trafficed trail. Plenty of shade, lots of great vista points to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Arrived at the park first thing in the morning and barely saw anyone for the first bit of time that I was there. I'm so glad I took the recommendations to get there early, especially since I was able to actually enjoy Cathedral Grove in silence before the crowds arrived.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good trail, for first half of the trail there’s a beautiful stream on your left clear and clean water!
The canopies on these trails and big trunk trees give you the feeling of Lilliputians in the land of giants :)

Not too many people, so if you want to do this solo ... you have complete privacy! But if you want to go with friends, absolutely fun uninhibited.

Absolutely loved the weather on feb 3rd, moderate and the sun was out. Couldn’t record the complete trail due to phone issues, but the round trip would take you about 3-4 hours with short 10min breaks every hour.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! You’ll have beautiful views of the creek as you go alongside it for almost half the hike. Lots of great stopping points along the way if you wanna take a break for a lunch in the woods! Muir Woods now require reservations for parking or the shuttle, so plan accordingly.

One of my favorite loop trails in Muir Woods. I’ve hiked it about 4 Times now.

hiking
3 months ago

Second time on this trail. Was able to watch marine biologists and volunteers re-stock Redwood Creek, located near the trailhead, with adult Coho salmon. The creek and valley are being restored and the results are very positive. Later, up the trail, came across a bobcat. Really good hike and a great outdoor experience. Hiking time: 2 hrs with a few minor stops.

walking
3 months ago

This is an amazing place to see the redwoods. Nice, easy, wheelchair accessible boardwalk all the way for a nice little stroll. It was a pretty crowded though.

walking
3 months ago

I don’t rate this as a hike. It is a beautiful walk! Wish I had planned better for a full day in the woods. Too many people but we did a “side” trail and it was perfect!

loved it

Easy, quiet hike away from the crowds.

I only ran the final stretch near the Mount Tam summit, but I love it. It’s very steep but being able to always see your destination was helpful and motivating.

4 months ago

Amazing just beautiful the trees are so special!!

walking
4 months ago

The majestic Redwoods tower high above you. The creek runs along side. The planked boardwalk makes for ease with strollers, wheelchairs and winter footing. This is a very child friendly walk full of Redwood wonder for all ages. Go take a Redwood walk!

4 months ago

Beautiful walk and incredibly scenic. Very easy hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with lovely views! One issue, however, is that near the end of the trail, you have to find the unmarked dipsea trail near the freeway. (near Muir Woods RD)

4 months ago

Easy trail for family day

hiking
4 months ago

Es un paseo bello e inolvidable. estar entre esos gigantes. se siente el aire puro. Lo recomiendo.

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