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Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop

Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.

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Difficulty: Medio
Length: 4.5 miles / 7.2 km
Duration: Mezza Giornata
 
Anteprima: The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists.

Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in this park grow up to 250ft tall and 14 feet wide) but it also means the area frequently attracts large crowds, bus tours and overflowing parking lots.

Our hillside loop trail offers a great way to visit Muir Woods National Monument and avoid many of the crowds, before returning along a scenic route over Mt. Tamalpais State Park that most visitors don't get to see.

One additional benefit along this trail is the chance to spend a little time at the Tourist Club. Enjoy your favorite tipple on the balcony overlooking the forest before continuing along the Redwood Trail back to the trailhead.

Elevation gain:
• 1,200ft (from 140 - 1,000ft)

Tips:
• You don't have to be a member of the Tourist Club to enjoy the facilities, but you do have negotiate around a minefield of members-only event days which are listed on their website (link provided below).
• This route does not enter Muir Woods by the main entrance, so if you plan to enjoy the full Muir Woods experience, then please remember to pay a fee as you exit the park.
• During the rainy season (November to May) a trail can occasionally be closed for maintenance. Check with the rangers.

Alternatives:
• Consider extending your day with the 2 mile long Redwood Creek loop in the heart of Muir Woods National Monument.


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Trailhead

Utilize the roadside parking lot opposite the Mountain Home Inn. Additional parking can be found at nearby areas along the Panoramic Highway and other folk seem to make their own parking spots along the roadside.

To begin the hike, head downhill at the north end of the parking lot and pick up the wide Panoramic Trail which leads in a southerly direction parallel to the highway above.
Junction
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[JCT] Ocean View Trail

Leave the Panoramic Trail behind and head down the Ocean View Trail toward Muir Woods.

The winding Ocean View Trail snakes gradually down the hillside under shade of trees, including some younger California redwoods. Bridge after bridge carry you over the babbling streams of water cascading through the notches in the valleys towards Redwood Creek.
Junction
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[JCT] Muir Woods National Monument

You've now entered the heart of Muir Woods National Monument, surrounded by old-growth redwood trees.

The tallest living things on earth, the California Redwood (sequoia sempervirens) trees in Muir Woods tower up to 250 feet in height and the thickest is over 14 feet wide.

Several trails loop around Redwood Creek at the bottom of the valley, which are worth exploring and add up to 2 miles to your hike. If you plan to enjoy the full Muir Woods experience - and since our hike doesn't enter Muir Woods by the main entrance - please remember to pay the fee as you exit the park.
Restroom
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Muir Woods Visitor Center

You'll find a full-service visitor center near the entrance to the park, including restrooms, drinking water, gift shop and even a cafe.

To continue our loop trail, exit Muir Woods by the main entrance and head through the parking lots.
Junction
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[JCT] Dipsea Trail

Continuing past the first parking lot, turn right and proceed down the road until you happen upon a Dipsea Trail sign on the left (North) side of the road.

Head uphill on the Dipsea trail, leaving behind the tour buses and the foot traffic and you'll soon be climbing through dense forest.

Continue uphill when the trail breaks out of cover and follow the trail as it runs parallel to the road. Eventually the trail crosses the road at a hairpin bend (watch out for traffic racing around corners here).
Junction
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[JCT] Sun Trail

Take a sharp turn to the left at this junction and you'll be heading along the Sun Trail, a route which traces its way around the hillside in a way typical of Mt. Tamalpais trails.

Enjoy the sunshine and the views, before we're back under cover of foliage again. Next up is the Tourist Club.
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Tourist Club

To reach this place continue on the Sun Trail until it terminates at a wide track, then bear left and the Tourist Club building should be directly ahead and down some steps.

The hosts at the Tourist Club are very welcoming to all, providing they are not already hosting one of their frequent members only events.

Chill out here with a glass of wine or poison of your choice. And when you're tired of admiring the forest views from the balcony, why not try a game of checkers over a second glass? Providing you're not driving of course - because it's only a little over a mile back to the trailhead from here.

Pick up the Redwood Trail up the hill and behind the club buildings for another forest hike back to the Panoramic Trail, followed by a short return trip back to the trailhead.

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Reviews
inqueba
had great time would like to go again

da inqueba on Jul 17, 2014
hairtransplant
Tremendous,,, Wonderful,, Great Hikes,,,, Very Adventures

da hairtransplant on Jul 17, 2014
xvs
It's not true that anyone can use the Tourist Club facilities. That may have been true in the past, but their policy now is that only their members can use their facilities UNLESS there is a special "guests" event.

See their website for more information:
http://touristclubsf.org/calendar/

Visited on Mar 15, 2014

da xvs on Mar 15, 2014
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Visited on Mar 11, 2014

da IGChuaN1345 on Mar 10, 2014
rodbauer
Contrary to what this page states, the Tourist Club is always closed to non-members except for events open to guests, which are listed on their website.
Visited on Mar 06, 2014

da rodbauer on Mar 06, 2014
Gretchony
Awesome hike with great views.
Visited on Mar 04, 2012

da Gretchony on Oct 13, 2013
coloradojohnsons
I used to live in Sonoma County so we hiked Muir all the time -- read the others notes about parking because it gets a bit sticky there often -- and when doing this trail you'll be a bit more tired than expected -- not saying TIRED just a bit more -- i live in colorado and hike 14er's so i do know TIRED very well :) -- we just recently did this trail with my 7 year old who compared to what he normally does I thought this would be easy/moderate having done it years ago but it crushed him (and even he hiked his first 14er this year Mt.Bierstadt :)

NOW FOR THE QUICK BREAKDOWN ----> THIS TRAIL IS AMAZING!! HONESTLY WHAT CAN'T YOU SAY.. START IN A VALLEY IN THE PARK SEE SOME REDWOODS CONTINUE ON TO LUSH LIFE EVERYWHERE.. REDWOODS START GETTING BIGGER AND MORE AMAZING!!.. GO UP DON THE PANARAMIC PEAK AND SEE THE BAY ARE.. THEN BACK DOWN INTO THE REDWOODS CROSSING SOME BRIDGES AND NICE STREAMS.. EXTREMELY PEACEFUL SURROUNDING THE WHOLE TIME.. AND A GREAT WORKOUT THOUGHOUT ALL OF IT!! NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL YOU HIKE MUIR WOODS SHOULD BE ON YOUR LIST FROM NEVER HIKED TO HIKE DAILY THERE IS PLENTY THERE FOR EVERYONE :)

two quick facts to share -- yes the redwoods in muir are not quite that of medocino and humbolt county but for the area they are the best! & i had NO idea there was a bar -- next time! :)

Visited on Aug 14, 2013

da coloradojohnsons on Oct 06, 2013
haftelm
Good hike. But quite short. We hiked until the visiter center then decided to go up BootJack and connect with Matt Davis Trail all the way to Stinson Beach. I think about 10-12 miles in total. Made for a great hike! But his loops is quite small and the half of it we did before going farther out into the forest took us about 40 min., if that.
Visited on May 26, 2013

da haftelm on May 28, 2013
Ssumner
Muir woods is definitely worth a visit. Don't count on the tourist club. Only open a few weekend hours 2 times a month.
Visited on Mar 13, 2013

da Ssumner on Mar 14, 2013
erinlea
Gorgeous 4.5 mile hike along trails that for the most part avoid all the hustle and bustle and the main entrance, although it goes near the visitor center if that interests you. Part of the hike is amid the redwoods and some of it is along more exposed sunny trails- best of both. It took us a little under 2.5 hours. Great way to start the day!
Visited on Nov 25, 2012

da erinlea on Nov 25, 2012
bencaddie
It has been a while; i was only 17 when I took this trip but Muir Woods is one of the greatest places on Earth.

da bencaddie on May 24, 2011

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