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Muir Woods Hiking Trails
- Main Trail Loop (Easy)
- Main Trail to Fourth Bridge
  (Easy-Moderate)
- Fern Creek Trail
  (Moderately Difficult)
- Dipsea Trail
  (Moderatly Difficult)

Giant Redwood Trees and Hiking Trail at Muir Woods, California

Hiking Trails
The 560-acre park includes six miles of hiking trails, each with different levels of difficulty, including longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. The main canyon floor trails are paved and mostly level. Some of the more challenging trails can be rocky and may require climbing.

"Quiet" is encouraged along the trails — the peacefulness really enhances your hike. Even though there were many people in the park during our last visit, at some points along the trail, we hardly saw or heard a soul — except for a babbling brook, rustling leaves and singing birds. Pure bliss!



Main Trail Loop
(Approx. 1-hr, 1-mile)

Easy hike — from Muir Woods
Visitor Center to Cathedral Grove.

One of the bridges along the hiking trail inside Muir Woods

Cathedral Grove at Muir Woods - the oldest Redwoods in Muir Woods are the trees in Cathedral and Behemian Groves - they are more than 1200 years old

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Main Trail to Fourth Bridge
and return via Hillside Trail
(Approx. 1 1/2 hrs, 2 miles)

Easy to Moderate Hike

This is a FUN trail. In addition to being surrounded by Redwood trees, one part of the path curves upwards along the canyon's edge, overlooking a stream and towering Giant Redwoods — it really gives you a different perspective of the park.

View of Hillside Hiking Trail at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Giant Redwoods, babblihg brook and lush vegetation at Muir Woods, California

View from Hillside Trail - on Main Trail to Fourth Bridge and return via Hillside Trail at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

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Beautiful Green Fern at Fern Creek Trail at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Fern Creek Trail
Approx. 2-hrs, 3-miles)

Moderately Difficult Hike

Named for its beautiful green fern and babbling creek, Fern Creek Trail is where we came across thousands of little red/orange Ladybugs — near the main entrance of the trail.

Thousands of cute little red/orange ladybugs at Fern Creek Trail entrance at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

More Info and Photos
of Ladybugs at Muir Woods

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View of hiking trail and Giant Redwood Sequoia Trees at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Hikers at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Hiking Trails at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Trails inside Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Giant Redwood Trees near creek and hiking trail at Muir Woods, California

View of one of the Hiking Trails that winds among the Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods, California


Hiking Trail and Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods, California

Sign at Muir Woods - Ben Johnson Trail, Dipsea Trail, Stinson Beach, Hillside Trail, Muir Woods Entrance at Muir Woods, Marin, California

Dipsea Trail and return via
Ben Johnson Trail
(Approx. 3-hrs, 4-miles

Moderately Difficult Hike

Bootjack Trail to Ben Johnson Trail Loop
(Approx. 3 1/2 hrs, 6-miles)

Moderate to Hard Hike

Ocean View Trail to Lost Trail to Fern Creek
(Approx. 2-hrs, 3-miles)
Moderately Difficult Hike

Ocean View Trail to Redwood Trail to Sun Trail
(Approx. 3-hrs, 5.2 miles)

Moderate to Hard Hike

More Detailed Info on Muir Woods Trails


Muir Woods Hours
Open year-round 8am-sunset.
Entry fee required.


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