ElevationAscent: 36' 11 m
Descent: -1,745' -532 m
High: 2,026' 617 m
Low: 281' 86 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A popular and scenic descent along delightful creeks to access the west end of Muir Woods.”— Megan W
This verdant terrain is full of moss covered trees, lichen and lush ferns. The challenging, rocky trail surface sometimes has steps to ease the downhill, but you still spend a lot of time watching your footing. Without your noticing, Bootjack Creek joins Rattlesnake Creek and Spike Buck Creek to become the rugged Redwood Creek. The trail crosses the creek multiple times on new sturdy wooden bridges replaced in a major 2014 overhaul. Depending on the recent rains and the season, you are treated to either a rushing torrent with water cascading over boulders or a faint trickle.
Upon reaching the valley floor, the grade mellows considerably and the creek flows more gently. You'll also notice more redwoods appearing and encounter more tourists venturing away from Muir Woods. Here is where you cross from Mount Tamalpais State Park into Muir Woods National Monument. After passing the junction with the Camp Eastwood Trail on the left, the Bootjack Trail terminates at the paved Muir Woods Trail (also called the Redwood Creek Trail or the Muir Woods Interpretive Loop). The central location of the Bootjack Trail makes it very useful in creating loops in combination with other area trails. The Bootjack Trail (like many others in the area) was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal program in the 1930's.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Tamalpais State Park