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Bootjack Trail Loop is a 6.3 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.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,158 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wildlife No dogs
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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.

Parking can be difficult since this is such a popular destination. Try parking at the Muir Woods visitor Center, but you will likely have to park a mile or two away on Muir Woods Rd.

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Wendy Chan
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Ethan Solomita
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John and Heather Henry
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I thought the trail was a bit more than “moderate” in regard to elevation. Both the up and down hill were not as gradual as I was expecting and the hike ended up being a mile longer than stated. But, it was beautiful!

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ryann schuman
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Winson Lobo
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HikingFee

This trail requires you to pay the Muir Woods Park entry fee $15/person. the trail itself is gorgeous. Owing to the scant parking at Muir Woods; we parked on Panaromic Highway and then took the Dipsea trail to get to Muir Woods. It's a little over a mile descent. I highly recommend this walk amongst the giants.

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Gilda Smith
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Lovely hike with some steep uphill sections!

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Helene O'Neal
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HikingFeeGreat!

Excellent loop trail! Made reservations 4 weeks ahead for 8AM arrival at Muir Woods. Parking close to entrance and very few people on trail so early in the morning. Loop clocked at 7.3 miles begin/end at park entrance gate. Used natural mosquito repellent made with essential oils and had no issues with wasps on Sep 27, despite numerous “aggressive wasp” warning signs. Hill climb with stairs is a bit of a workout (moderate seems accurate), but doable, especially with canopy shade.

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Lauren R
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HikingFee

Great trail! Not too crowded once you get off the main Muir Woods section. After entering the park, you’ll walk past Bridge 4, and stay to the right to start Bootjack trail. It’s really well marked. Take Bootjack to TCC to stepveldt and end on Ben Johnson to get back to the Muir Woods entrance. I logged 7.11 miles from starting the hike to returning to my car.

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Justine Fields
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Shady, low traffic trail that’s great for hiking on a hot day. Get there early to get a parking spot at the Bootjack Campground or Pantoll lots. The loop takes you all the way down to Muir Woods so you get to see the main forest without paying the fee, but you do pay the cost on the uphill hike back to the parking lot.

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Kat Sacks
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Loved the TCC stretch

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Gretel Valerio
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Literally a breathe of fresh air! With all the smoke across NorCal and our stay at home practice, this easy trail is definitely a welcome break. Reservations are required at Muir Woods so plan ahead. Note: The majority of visitors wear masks whenever people past each other so don’t forget to be thoughtful of each other and reciprocate. You may also want to use it to help with the smoke as you get closer to the ridge.

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Darren Andersen
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Great trail! Would easily do this again, not too tough at all. Perfect distance

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Audrey Sherman
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Lovely climb really aggressive wasps was stung 2 times. Absolutely breathtaking trail though

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Kristin Arcilla
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Aggressive wasps, I was stung 9 times. Another hiker in my groups was stung several times.

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Pascal Johanning
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Jon Cornelison
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Crowded on Muir Woods Trail portion of loop, but thinned out significantly once on Bootjack. Only saw about a couple dozen people the entire Bootjack trail route. Wasps are out. My son got stung one time at the beginning of the hike. Total drive by sting that happened fast. Ouch! Overall great trail, with lots of cool bridges, trees, and ferns. Very beautiful. Parking was easy with reservation. No issues.

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Michelle Chan
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Lots of aggressive wasps currently. Got stung 5 times

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Murali Swaminathan
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Nice shaded trail

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Tab Yee
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Lots of stairs but overall a very good trail. Beautiful scenery.

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Raymond Lui
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Went on reopening day. Muir Woods section had more people but not crowded at all, main loop is one way. Once you head up Bootjack into Mt Tam state park, there's barely anyone on the trail. I'd estimate mask compliancy at around 85% of guests. Beware!

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Johnathon Martin
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Amazing trail. Lots of shade and beautiful views. The incline with the stairs are strenuous but only for a short while. Then it’s smooth.

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Laurel Brodzinsky
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parking lot currently closed due to coronavirus

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Brian Baldwin
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Parking reservation required. Beautiful trail overall. Parked at the Muir Woods entrance and set off for the hike. Bathrooms and water at the beginning. I didn’t think the markings were that great and I’m not smart enough to figure out the loop portion, so I did this as an out and back. Hiked from the Muir Woods entrance following signs for the trail and got to an outdoor amphitheater. Turned around and just backtracked back to my car. 7.6 miles in all, beautiful scenery.

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Carmen Carreon
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Very beautiful . Good worked out . Lost of shade, water falls, birds, flowers , giants rocks.

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Cristina Romero
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Really nice hike with lots of shade and mostly well maintained trail. I did it counter-clockwise and it had some more strenuous climbs but very doable. Didn’t see many people along the trail but as a solo hiker I felt totally safe. Really amazing sunlight coming through the trees if you get an early start! I recorded it at nearly 7 hours and it took me just under 3 hours

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Jessica Waterman
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Beautiful trail! So lush, and we lucked out getting to see loads of mushrooms in all varieties, and unique species we’d never seen before! Will definitely be back!

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Carmen Carreon
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Very beautiful water falls . Breath taking . Good worked out. Beautiful redwoods trees. Nice nice nice

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Mary Alden
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A perfect day to hike! The trails were wet, some parts had some mud and many spots walking on rocks was very slippery so extreme caution was needed. We did slip a few times but caught ourselves before falling. I would suggest bringing hiking poles for this hike especially in the winter months and a good pair of hiking shoes. The waterfalls was in its full glory and flowing strongly down the mountain. Absolutely breathtaking and therapeutic in every sense. Not too many people early morning but when we returned to the parking lot, it was packed. The app states the hike is 6.7 miles but it turned out to be 8.3 miles, though we were happy it was longer. Last, I would suggest counterclockwise unless you want more elevation to your workout/hike. It was approximately 2.2 miles to the Muir Woods cafe clockwise and 6 .1 miles back up following Fern trail.

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Frederick Kurniadi
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Great trail. Some very steep slopes.

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