Canopy View, Lost Trail, Fern Creek Loop Trail

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

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.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 869 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines: Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park. Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails. Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance. Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit 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.

4 months ago

Very nice hike. All shaded and cool. Can be slippery in certain places so be careful. Not for the amateur person...but doable.

Lovely loop from Mtn home inn parking lot. Muir Woods section like Disney land full of city slickers. Rest of trail pure nature.

6 months ago

A tough hike, rated as moderate but was definitely hard. We accessed this hike from Panoramic drive and hiked about 2 miles before getting on to Bootjack trail. The conditions were perfect, cooler weather, sunny day, dry and well paced trails and very few tourist once we entered Muir Woods from the back entry. The hike is primarily shaded with endless canopies of gigantic Redwoods and incredibly quiet except the healing sound of the steam all along the rim of Bootjack trail. Once we left Muir Woods after having a nice lunch at the cafe, we had to hike a straight incline of 2 miles back to where our car was. This hike ended up being much longer than originally planned for but very gratifying just the same. The best benefit of parking on Panoramic drive is not paying the $30 entry fee to get into Muir Woods plus no hassle with registration of parking at Muir Woods, often days in advance. Furthermore, hiking in this location on weekdays is best to avoid the crowds in the Muir Woods Park. If not going in to the park then weekends are good but you must get to the Panoramic drive parking area early or it will also be difficult to find a parking spot.

8 months ago

11 months ago

If you want to get above the beautiful Redwoods of Muir Woods for an overhead view and have a slightly more challenging hike than the main trains within the National Monument, I recommend this one. Some steeper climbs to get to the top, but doable even for a casual hiker, like myself.

Fri Apr 26 2019

Nice, a bit crowded, good variety of sunny and wooded areas. Amazing wildflowers in early spring

Sun Apr 07 2019

After getting away from all the people and loud kids, the hike was lovely and awe inspiring. I’ll definitely be back to try more trails.

Fri Mar 15 2019

Hiked this trail on Tuesday; purchased parking reservations online day before as required. After previous week's rain, trail was in good shape, not as muddy as expected. The ascent up trail into the woods canopy was an easy one accompanied by sounds of trickling Redwood Creek along the way with various birdsongs. There's a waterfall cascading on the right down canyon wall as you cross a footbridge. A bit breezy at one point, then quiet until you reach the more swiftly moving water of Fern creek and a cool bridge walkway supported by what looks like the long large trunk of a fallen Redwood. A lot more people than expected but then I remembered it was Spring Break with families out and about. Still not nearly as crowded as in the Summer.

Thu Nov 08 2018

It was good morning hike. We started about 9 am and finished by 11:30 am. There was a sign post showing Lost trail, but someone broke it and we thought we missed the trail, but my hunch was correct and came back from Panoramic Hwy and corrected the sign temporarily and told ranger to repair the sign post.

Mon Mar 05 2018

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.

Sat Jan 13 2018

Very moderate with some steep hills

Thu Jan 11 2018

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.

Tue Aug 08 2017

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

Wed May 31 2017

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.

Sun Feb 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.

Mon Sep 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.

Sun Aug 14 2016


Mon Jul 04 2016

Be prepared to climb.

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