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Bootjack Loop Trail

  • 6.5 miles - Moderate Effort
  • 3-4 Hours (Total)
  • Not Often Hiked
  • 1,200 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 1,230 feet
  • No Dogs Allowed

what does this mean?

The Bootjack Loop Trail fits the bill for those wanting to do a "hike hike" away from the crowds into the Muir Woods National Monument wilderness. The hike has a fair amount of climbing and takes you on the more rugged trails of the backcountry.

In this Guide:
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • Muir Woods Trail Maps
  • How to Get to Muir Woods
  • Insider Tips & Recommendations

When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.

Where is the Bootjack Loop Trail?

Muir Woods Map
Although Muir Woods National Monument is only 12 miles away from downtown San Francisco is only 12 miles, getting there can be a challenge.

The trailhead for the Canopy View Trail is: Muir Woods Visitor Center, 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Muir Woods is not an easy place to visit.

If you have a car, I'd recommend first visiting the parking and public transportation website at Try to get a permit as early as possible. They also have information on the shuttle that runs from the ferry terminal with a limited schedule.

Your other option is to ride-share there, and then taxi back. The problem is that there is no cellular service at the park. But you'll find a payphone at the visitor center (bring coins). I'd write down the number of a taxi company, or even try to book one before-hand.

Muir Woods Park Entrance
In addition to the parking or transportation costs, there's also an entry fee for Muir Woods. I recommend the America the Beautiful Pass which gets you into any park or federal land.

Gear Recommendations

If you have hiking gear, bring it. Otherwise fitness clothing works. The trails are more primitive than the main loop; trail runners are your best bet. If you have trekking poles with you, they'll help on the climbs and descent. I'd bring 1-2L of water. And don't forget, there's no cellular service here, so having a satellite communicator will come in handy if there's an emergency.

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A big thank you to Overwatch x Rescue for covering the travel expenses for this trip.

Bootjack Loop Trail Map

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There's also a map from the Parks Service you can download here.

Bootjack Loop Trail Directions

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Muir Woods Main Trail Directions 01
Start the hike by going through the iconic Muir Woods sign. Follow this all the way up the Main Trail.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions 01
When you get to Bridge 4, hike straight onto the Bootjack Trail.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions 02
The Bootjack Trail is a more primitive single-track and follows the creek upstream.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions 03
There's about 1000 feet of climbing.
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When you get to Van Wyck Meadow, make the left.
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And then take the TCC Trail.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions 06
The the bridge, continue to bear left and join the Stapelveldt Trail.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions 07
Right after the bridge continue left on the Stapelveldt Trail.
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Continue straight onto the Ben Johnson Trail.
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At the Hillside Trail, make the right and continue to Bridge 2 and then the Visitor Center.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

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