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Canopy, Panoramic, Redwood Trail, Sun, Dipsea Trail Loop

Mill Valley, California

based on 23 reviews



4.31 miles

Elevation Gain

1145 ft

Route Type



Added by Katch Silva

Experience the humbling beauty of these magnificent redwoods. Muir Woods is a perfect trip for families and out-of-town guests with multiple loops and hiking options for groups of all fitness levels.

While there are other, less crowded redwood groves in the Bay Area, Muir Woods National Monument is easily one of the best. It is a beautifully maintained site, with wooden footpaths meandering between towering redwoods that are between 600 – 800 years old. It’s home to some true giants, with its tallest trees reaching over 250 ft in height.

Muir Woods contains 6 miles of trails (see trail map), and there are multiple options for those looking for a good hike. There are several loops along the canyon walls that you can choose from, as well as hikes that extend into surrounding Mount Tamalpais State Park. A popular choice is the 4.5 mile Muir Woods Tourist Club Loop, which starts at the entrance to the national monument: Canopy Trail > Panoramic Trail > Redwood Trail > Sun Trail > Dipsea Trail > parking area. Pick up a trail map at the entrance and explore.

Regardless of what you choose to do, this place will leave you with that humbling, awe-inspiring feeling that you typically only find in nature’s most remote corners.

Check the Muir Woods website for latest fees and tips for planning your visit. Parking now requires a permit, which you can reserve at gomuirwoods.com. The Visitor Center features nice restrooms, a café, and a gift shop.

Inside Tip: This is an extremely popular destination (we’re talking tour buses), so plan on getting there right when the park opens (8:00am), and before the Visitor Center opens (9:00am). Bring cash and simply place the park fees in the self-service entrance…and enjoy a much less crowded experience.

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Canopy, Panoramic, Redwood Trail, Sun, Dipsea Trail Loop Reviews

the hike was definitely worth it! really beautiful! go in the morning to avoid extreme traffic. this is a tourist hotspot. when my boyfriend and I were done with the hike around 11 there were tons of people looking for parking.

Muir Woods National Monument is my favorite place for a serene and scenic hike. It's on my top of go-to places, especially when recommending it others. As many reviews have mentioned, parking is one of the most concurrent issues, so plan ahead and arrive early.

Arriving before 8:30 am on a weekday ensures that you have the monument basically to yourself. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience of appreciating these trees the way you were intended to. Absolutely gorgeous and absolutely worth it, even if you're there with other tourists.

I love coming here and imagining that I'm a part of the Star Wars universe (fact: they filmed scenes from Endor here). An easily accessible escape from the city, it's also free (with guests) if you have a US National Parks annual pass.

A visit to Muir Woods is like stepping back in time...literally. Standing under these ancient trees is an experience that I will never forget. Make sure to arrive early or parking can be quite a task. Bring enough snacks and water in case you want to do one of the extended hikes, which is worth it. We also ate at the little cafe for lunch and I loved it's commitment to organic food, and reducing the impact on the environment.

Very beautiful hike. Easily accessible trails with lots of additional longer trails off the side.

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