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.
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- How to Get to Muir Woods
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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?
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.
- The roads there can be windy and narrow.
- There is limited parking, and you must get a timed parking permit to use the lots.
- Public transportation is limited.
- Private tours can be arranged, but you don't have a lot of flexibility.
If you have a car, I'd recommend first visiting the parking and public transportation website at GoMuirWoods.com. 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.
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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Bootjack Loop Trail Map
There's also a map from the Parks Service you can download here.
Bootjack Loop Trail Directions
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