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THE BEN JOHNSON TRAIL of Muir Woods National Monument



Muir Woods National Monument

1 Muir Woods Road

Mill Valley, CA 94941

GPS Coordinates

Lattitude: 37 degrees[masked] minutes North

Longitude: 122 degrees[masked] minutes West


Driving to Muir Woods?

From San Francisco

Muir Woods is located 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Take Highway 101 North

Take the Mill Valley/Highway 1/ Stinson Beach Exit.

Follow the signs to Highway 1

Follow the signs to Muir Woods.

From the East Bay

Take the Highway 580/Richmond/San Rafael Bridge West

Take Highway 101 South

Take the Stinson Beach/Mill Valley Ext

Follow the signs to Highway 1

Follow the signs to Muir Woods


Loop hike with the Dipsea Trail

Length 5.2 miles • Climbing 1100 feet

Brief introduction:

Muir Woods National Monument is a San Francisco icon as the Golden Gate Bridge or the cable cars. Starting at the Muir Woods overflow parking lot, this loop ascends unrelentingly along a grassy ridge and then descends through old-growth redwood uplands to the bottom of Redwood Canyon. To top off the hike, the route follows the Main Trail along the canyon floor past the park's best redwoods. This is a nice alternate way to see Muir Woods, with more variety than the usual Main Trail loop. As a bonus, entering Muir Woods by this route gets you out of paying the park entrance fee.

Meetup point:

GPS location:[masked], [masked]

(this is a location of the Dipsea trailhead's parking lot)

Meetup time is at the trailhead parking lot, be mindful of the time.

Carpool option:

Please arrange by yourself and other attending members. 

What to bring: 

1) 2-3 liter water 

2) Lunch, jacket. 

3) Sun protection gears/sunscreen (optional) 

4) Camera or smart phone for photo (optional)

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  • Iris

    Howard, thank you so much for organizing this hike.

    June 15, 2014

  • Jingmei

    Howard, Thanks for another fun hike!

    June 15, 2014

  • Li Z.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the hike today. Thank you, Howard for your effort in organizing the hike and well picked trail. Thank you Daqi, Emily, 漆军佛for sharing food and the beautiful songs. Hiking is a lot of fun. But truly, meeting people here is even more so!

    June 14, 2014

  • Howard

    Nice to see you all today! A friendly reminder : If you took some photos with personalized focus i.e. someone's face or funny pose, please be considerate before posting it online. Ask the person if it is okay.

    BTW, y'all have my permission to post any photo with me. 帥哥不在乎的, 咳咳.... I meant, 真金不怕火煉!嘻嘻.....

    June 14, 2014

  • Daqi

    anyone from SF, would like to carpool?

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Larry

      I will drive from San Mateo thru SF, still need a ride?

      June 13, 2014

    • Daqi

      yes!! when and where will be convinient for you?

      June 13, 2014

  • Howard

    Reminder: Meetup title 的地圖位置不太正確,我已經改過幾次了還是不行,提醒大家要輸入這個 GPS location:[masked],[masked]

    確實的 Google Maps 跟街景可以看這個連結: 如果你不確定找不找得到,提早一點出發當迷路探索時間。

    June 13, 2014

  • Yvonne C.

    something come up, can't go this sat, see u next time.

    June 13, 2014

    • Howard

      sorry you can't make it this time.

      June 13, 2014

  • Larry

    Anyone starting off from San Mateo/ south can carpool?

    June 10, 2014

    • Sai C.

      Hi Larry, I also live in San Mateo, but this time I will not able to join. We can certainly carpool next time.

      June 11, 2014

    • Larry

      Alright, c u next time, Sai

      June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need car ride in Milpitas too.

    June 11, 2014

  • Howard

    Post your carpool options here (I am *NOT* organizing it because I rarely go for carpooling). Regular carpool gathering points are: North Fremont / Milpitas 99 Ranch Markets.

    Reminder: Meetup point will be at the GPS location above @1015AM Jun 14. You can enter this location to Google Maps or your navigation device, it should work.

    June 9, 2014

  • Howard­ changed the time from 10:15 PM to 10:15 AM

    May 26, 2014

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