Bootjack Trail Loop

MODERATE 110 reviews

Bootjack Trail Loop is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

6.4 miles
1069 feet



nature trips

trail running






old growth

no dogs

Admire the breathtaking Redwood (Sempervirens) Trees as you stroll through historic groves.

1 minute ago

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..

7 hours ago

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

12 days 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.

16 days 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.

22 days 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.

1 month ago

loved it

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Beautiful! ❤️

2 months ago

muy útil, y gran ayuda. gracias.


2 months ago

Beautiful trail among the Redwood trees. One of the best hikes. Steep up on Bootjack trail, but worth every step. Go early on weekends as it gets crowded.
I did a quick extra back and forth at the junction of TTC and Ben Johnson near Dipsea trail to enjoy the view on the ocean, worth the extra 10min.

2 months ago

Long but great hike! Completed in 2.5 hours. Lots of shade, forest to look at.

3 months ago

Beautiful trees with easy to moderate inclines. Get there early to avoid throngs of people. I went there on free admission day, and it was still very enjoyable. Will be going back to try out other trails.

3 months ago

Really nice trail. A number of hills and slopes but easy to navigate.


3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Very easy to follow and navigate. Steep moderate is accurate as it is steep in some places. Seems to be either uphill or down throughout but plenty of gradual elevation gain, just not much flat terrain. I cannot express how beautiful it is in John Muir Woods. Enjoy!

4 months ago

Really nice short hike, so nice to be amoungst the redwoods and lots of streams, pools to pause at. Went on a week day so wasn't too busy at the bottom at all and only saw one person on the upper trails with me. Steep up Bootjack, so a nice workout, the rest is gentle. Really great as the leaves are turning. Easy to make longer and break the tree line at the top.

4 months ago

5 months ago

The forest was very nice, the redwoods are really impressive. Highly recommended. My Apple Watch told me we walked for 8.89 miles though. Not sure which one is right. Better get there before 8am if you go during the weekend. Parking is very limited. I cannot stress this enough.

6 months ago

Arrived Muir Woods parking lot at 7:30 and up Dipsea/Dirt Road to Pantoll then Alpine to Bootjack and back down....wonderful scenery and view at top...took approx 3.5 hrs...climb up is steady yet enjoyable...down bootjack is steep with stairs...Delightful

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