Bootjack Trail Loop

MODERATE 216 reviews

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.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,158 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
13 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.

hiking
off trail
21 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

July 4th hike, and got there at 7:40 to miss the crowds. We were the first ones on the trail, and went over two hours without seeing a soul. Lots and lots of people for the last mile though. The climb up Bootjack is difficult, with stairs that help a little bit. Other than that it’s pretty easy to moderate. Coastal redwoods are spectacular, and this is definitely a forest hike - almost no direct sun. Absolutely beautiful through and through. Strongly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Unable to comment on trail as i did not have parking reservations. Make them before you leave or be prepared to take a shuttle into the park.

hiking
2 months ago

The uphill part was a bit rough for me but overall a really nice hike. I love all the shade. Saw 2 banana slugs and a playful chipmunk. Lots of small waterfalls. Very peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

We did Ben Johnson -> Bootjack -> TCC -> Stapelveldt. Total mileage clocked was 14.7km on my friend's fitbit. Beautiful redwoods and pine trees! :)

hiking
2 months ago

This was an amazing trail — loved the peaceful start in Muir Woods, then away from the crowds in a climb following a creek. Great restful meadow on top of the ridge at the midpoint. Beautiful views everywhere. Highly recommend- one of my all time favorites

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, lots of stairs. Great workout. No Ewoks though...

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail make sure you get to the veterans bench look out at the very top of the Alpine Trail it might not seem like a great vista unless you do that. Overall really awesome trail beautiful redwoods walking down through on the way home on the Ben Johnson Trail.

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

On the way down to Muir Woods you will see sign that say a reservation is required. Listen to them! Go on gomuirwoods.com. If you don’t they turn you around. Now onto the trail! Great climb up with plenty of redwoods waterfalls, creeks, and green scenery. Loved it. It starts out as a national monument which is a boardwalk and paved area that’s meticulously maintained.

8 months ago

If your car-less and coming from San Fran, an easy and affordable way to enjoy Muir Woods is: 1. Take bus(#30)/ferry to Sausalito ($6.50/$12 one way), 2. Take Muir Woods shuttle ($3 round trip; reserve seat in advance). Beats the $70+ tours! This trail was mainly in the shade but got some filtered sun. Very few muddy spots. Well maintained, wide packed trail for most of it. There is no summit (it hugs the contour line once you’ve reached max elevation) and there aren’t viewpoints. Consider the Dipsea trail if you want a peak at the ocean. Definitely nice to get away from the crowds.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoy this hike and the beautiful views. It was hard for me because of all the stairs and steps this hike had but overall it was beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Friday, August 31, 2018

Really great hike! One of the best around. Only saw a few people on the trail and there is plenty of shade! We went in the morning and it was the perfect time. Saw some deer and a banana slug (watch out for them crossing the trail!) Most tourists do not usually hike and just check out the visitor center and around it. I recommend reserving parking in advance online, which is really all you have to worry about when going to Muir Woods.

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2018

I hiked this trail for the first time in January and was so inspired by the beauty, I hiked the loop a second time. Definitely tired after 2 loops, but followed it by a great meal at BooKoo in Mill Valley. I’ve returned three times since because the trail views are lovely. In the summer, the amphitheater is used for live theater so we planned a day around it: We watched Mama Mia and then hiked...very fun. I felt safe hiking it alone, but use your own discretion.

hiking
Thursday, July 19, 2018

One of my favorite hikes in mount tam. Perfect level of difficulty with some steep climbs, gorgeous views, and it’s a loop trail.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

Had a great time on this trail. It was our second time hiking and it was definitely a challenge but 100% worth it for the beauty.

hiking
Saturday, June 30, 2018

We started off this trail towards Mt. Tam East Peak last Sunday. Great Hike despite the struggle, the steep stairs & rocky areas. It sure did kicked our butts but it’s all worth it once you get to the peak with the panoramic view of the city and the view above the clouds! It’s just so magical! Im definitely coming back!

nature trips
Friday, June 22, 2018

Gorgeous! Can be pretty steep in some parts, but not too bad.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Nice hike and great payoff if you go slightly off trail on the Dipsea to see the views of the ocean.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Decent trail. Would rate easy to moderate. Great views.

hiking
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Great hike with a bit of a climb opening up to a beautiful view of the Bay Area.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Amazing foliage

Thursday, March 08, 2018

nice chill beautiful hike

hiking
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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.

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