Canopy View, Lost Trail, Fern Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Canopy View, Lost Trail, Fern Creek Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately 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 accessible year-round.

3.4 miles
869 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

Experience the Cathedral grove in Muir Woods and get off the main trail to avoid some of the crowds and have a truly pristine and wonderful experience. Take the Panoramic trail to the Lost Trail. Then Take the Fern Creek Trail to the visitor center. Return via the Canopy View Trail.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Takes you through the gorgeous redwood forest, and has some nice elevation gain. Be mindful you will have to reserve parking online which was $8 I believe, and then pay $10/person to get into the park.

4 months ago

Very moderate with some steep hills

4 months ago

We started from/ended at the Visitor's Center parking lot. Muir Woods is gorgeous, and it was nice to get away from the crowds on the main loop.

9 months ago

Really good way to get into some Muir Woods redwoods without driving to the valley floor. Nice trails. Lots of people.

11 months ago

Awesome hike with just me and the mister. Went Memorial Day weekend and plenty of people on the trail. Started off pretty easy and then became a bit harder with roots coming up and thin trail path. We saw many turn around back to the main trail and a few that fell on the trail. Be careful! Beautiful hike, however, come early. We parked at muir beach and walked 3 miles just to get to the visitors center, and 3 miles back after our hike.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Beautiful hike on a misty day. Lots of waterfalls right now. The river was an added surprise. The lost trail had a sign that it was closed from one direction for possible falling trees but not from the other direction. We didn't see the sign until we reached the bottom safely.

Monday, September 05, 2016

The description didn't mention that this takes you into Muir Woods. This trail is great if you want to hike Muir Woods without paying the 25$ entry fee. If you want to avoid crowds though, this is not the trail for you. There isn't really an ocean view. This hike is primarily through the redwoods. (I will say that I prefer this trail to Muir Woods alone because it has more elevation gain.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Be prepared to climb.

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