Mill Valley, CA: Northern California Chapter, Muir Woods Hike

Mar 09, 2024 9:00AM—3:30PM


Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley

Event Contact Andy Cohn | Email


We’re going to Muir Woods! But first, we gotta earn it. We’ll start at Mountain Home Inn on Panoramic Highway, climb up on the Matt Davis Trail along the western flank of Mt. Tam, with panoramas over the bay and the ocean, and then, after a break at Bootjack Camp, we’ll plunge down through the redwoods, following a series of waterfalls along Bootjack Creek, until we hit the serenity of Muir Woods. We’ll slice right through the heart of the national monument, which will remind us of how special this place really is, and have lunch at the Visitor Center (where, of course, we’ll get to feel smugly superior to all the tourists), After lunch, there’s a gorgeous climb back up through the woods to our starting point.

Route Map

Schedule: Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot directly opposite Mountain Home Inn on Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley. We’ll have lunch in Muir Woods and should arrive back to our starting point by 3:30 PM. The trail is very sheltered, so bad weather shouldn’t be an obstacle. However, severe weather will cancel.

Level of Difficulty: This is a fairly strenuous hike. About 7.5 miles and 1500 feet total elevation gain. It’s all dirt trails, mostly single-track, and while the trail is generally smooth, there are some rocky sections. You should be able hike for 4-5 hours and handle some steep climbing. Please carefully consider before signing up.

Advance online registration is required. Click the Register button to sign up. Because space is limited, we ask that you register if/when you are certain you can attend. Thank you!

Cancellation: Please email us at so we can offer your space to someone else.

Getting There: Mountain Home Inn is at 810 Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley, approximately 2.5 miles north of the intersection at Highway 1. If you use Google Maps and coming from the East or North Bay, it may show a shortcut through Mill Valley, which avoids Highway 1 and hits Panoramic Highway about 1.5 miles before Mountain Home.

Parking: Pay special attention because parking is limited. Make sure to give yourself extra time in case you have to park a 1/4 mile or more from our meetup point. Here are the options:

  1. Right before Mountain Home on Panoramic Highway, there will be a construction zone where (probably) one lane of traffic will be shut down. Immediately after the construction zone is a small parking lot on the left. If there’s a spot, grab it, and then walk about 200 yards down the road to our meetup point at the parking lot directly opposite Mountain Home.
  2. Continue down Panoramic Highway until you reach the parking lot (and our meeting point) directly opposite Mountain Home on the left side of the road.
  3. If the first two lots are filled, veer right onto Panoramic View immediately after Mountain Home, where the sign says “No Outlet.” A further sign will direct you to more parking.
  4. If all those lots are filled, there’s more parking on the left side of Panoramic Highway as you proceed about a 1/4 mile further along the road.
  5. If all else fails, continue several miles to Bootjack Camp, where there’s a large parking lot, and a picnic area under the redwoods to wait for our group to pass through. We should get there between 11:00 and 11:30, and we will shuttle you back to your car at the end.

Carpooling: Registered participants will have access to an online ‘Carpool Bulletin Board’ to post a message if they need a ride or can give one. Highly recommended given the shortage of parking.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather (layers work well), snacks, water, sun (or rain!) protection, and bring a bag lunch. The downhill section in particular is steep and uneven in places, so hiking poles will be helpful.

Post-Hike Social: For those interested, we’ll hang out at Mountain Home Inn when we’re finished.

Leader: Andy Cohn