Muir Woods Trail

MODERATE 271 reviews

Muir Woods Trail is a 2.2 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 accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Park at the Muir Woods Visitor Center.

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4 days ago

I did this trail twice, once in 2004 and again in 2015. In 2004, cars could drive right up to the ranger station/visitor center, whereas now, you have to take an overcrowded shuttle that picks you up under a freeway bypass. This shuttle winds steeply down a hill and through many switchbacks, taking the long way there (I think this was due to some road construction on the main access road). My group and I got extremely car sick, and one of my group even passed out at the cafe from dehydration, heat, and car sickness. The only good part about this situation was that we were able to get a personal escort out of the park riding in a comfy sheriff SUV; so we didn't have to brave the shuttle again. The trail itself is well done with the boardwalks and meandering style. There are options to take longer routes, away from the crowds, however you never truly evade the people. In 2004, we were the only ones in the park and it was the most magical and peaceful place I could imagine. Something must have happened to put Muir Woods on the map and make it a tourist trap, because in 2015 it was a whole different vibe. I will not go back here in the near future, but can get the same peaceful experience of these giant trees (without the sea of humanity) by taking any of the trails in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Avenue of the Giants. So far, these places are still sanctuaries of nature.

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5 days ago

GORGEOOUUUSSSSS & completely worth it!

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13 days ago

Great hike. Smells incredible. 4 stars for very poor signage and an extremely weak map given with entry fee.

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14 days ago

Great hiking. Many options!

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20 days ago

Nothing spectacular

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21 days ago

It was a relaxing and easy walk through the woods.

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25 days ago

Easy, beautiful, partially paved route for tourist and family.

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25 days ago