Ocean View, Lost Trail, Fern Creek Loop Trail is a 3.6 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.
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 Ocean View Trail
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.
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.
Be prepared to climb.