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Hike the most popular Muir Woods trail on your next trip to this enchanting forest.

About 30 minutes north of San Francisco, lives some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. These nearly two-thousand-year-old coastal redwoods make up the forest at Muir Woods National Monument. We believe that everyone who visits the Bay Area has to hike at least one Muir Woods trail.

Exploring this famous American National Monument is one of the highlights of our Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour.

For over a decade Dylan’s Tours has been leading small group tours to Muir Woods. From bringing thousands of visitors to the park, we’ve noticed that our guests tend to love one of the Muir Woods hiking trails more than the others.

No matter if you’re getting to Muir Woods via our Muir Woods tours, taking the public Muir Woods Shuttle, or going on your own Muir Woods self-guided tour, we are here to help you have the best Muir Woods hiking tour.

Grab your Muir Woods trail map and hiking boots and use this blog as a reference when you are creating your own Muir Woods guided tour.

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The Most Popular Muir Woods Hiking Trail

Bridge 3 Loop


First things first, you will need to buy Muir Woods tickets at the entrance. The price of Muir Woods tickets depends on age, if you’re 16 or older, it will cost you $10, and if you are 15 and under you can get into the park for free.

From there, stop at one of the most popular Muir Woods attractions, and take a photo beneath the Muir Woods National Monument sign. If there are too many people around to grab a good picture, try again on your way out.

Then head onto the wooden boardwalk. The Muir Woods boardwalk is especially nice for anyone exploring with a stroller, wheelchair or walker.

A few minutes from the start of your Muir Woods walking tour, you’ll notice Bridge 1. This is the bridge you’ll be crossing at the end of the trail, so take a mental note. Right around Bridge 1, you’ll also find the Muir Woods cafe, gift shop, a small set of restrooms, benches, and picnic tables.

To find our favorite trail, keep walking past Bridge 1 and the Muir Woods amenities. After walking about 10 minutes down the main trail, you’ll see the wooden boardwalk disappear into a dirt path. Soon after that, you’ll see Bridge 2. Bridge 2 will lead you to another one of Muir Woods best trails, and if you are in a rush, you can complete this trail in 20-30 minutes.

Continue down the same main trail for another 10 minutes, and you’ll find Bridge 3. This is the bridge you want to cross. Bridge 3 will take you across the creek where Coho Salmon migrate, and onto a dirt trail parallel to the main trail.

Once you’ve crossed the bridge, the crowds tend to thin out, and you’ll have more freedom to explore the redwoods, which is why this is one of the best Muir Woods hikes.

Once you’ve crossed Bridge 3 turn to the left, all you need to do is continue down the dirt trail eventually crossing over Bridge 1, taking you back to the entrance.

This Muir Woods trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how fast you walk and how often you stop for photos. Most tours stop at Muir Woods for a little over an hour, giving you enough time to hike this trail.

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Taking time to explore Muir Woods is a must when you are visiting the Bay Area. Let Dylan’s Tours show you the best Muir Woods activities on one of our many Muir Woods tours!

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Alternatively, if you’re just looking for quick transport up to Muir Woods, our direct Muir Woods Shuttle from San Francisco is a great option too!

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