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Excellent hike. I prefer to do the uphill portion of a hike first and then finish with the easier downhill portion. Enter Muir Woods and take the loop clockwise - Hillside Trail up and Bootjack back down. Go early and the trail is empty, go late and it's crowded. I started at 8:00 a.m.
We did part of this trail and part of the Redwood trail, which ultimately led us to Muir Woods beach. First, we can start with parking; it was difficult to say the least. All of the lots were "full" and finding parking on the side of the road was tough.
Once we were able to find a spot, we walked to the Vistor's Center. I recommend starting here. There are restrooms and you can buy a map for $1 if needed (we found it to be very helpful).
As for the trail itself it was so so. I was surprised there were not more trail markers for such a popular place. The terrain was a little rocky, which made it a good challenge. What really made the whole hike worth it though was the beach itself. That was beautiful. The grass was lush green on the hills, the water had great waves, and the sky was pure blue. We spent about 45 minutes just sitting there.
All in all, even though the trail itself was so so, the end makes it absolutely worth the time and effort.
Great "trail" for small kids or even a baby on a stroller... Also perfect for out-of-towners that wish to simply have a taste of "Muir Woods". You get majestic redwood forests from the relaxing convenience of a maintained boardwalk... Expect lots of tourists and little parking space. Due to the dense canopy, sun barely gets in... good for summer time!