ElevationAscent: 943' 287 m
Descent: -941' -287 m
High: 980' 299 m
Low: 137' 42 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“Take on this route to see how world the renowned Muir Woods fits into the heart of Mount Tamalpais.”— Phil DiGirolamo
This part of California can be poison oak country. Be sure to know what to look for. Poison Oak can be quite irritating to those who are allergic.
Once you get on to the Fern Creek Trail you'll leave the most heavily traveled area. This gradual rise follows the Fern Creek and, as its name suggests, is full of beautiful ferns. You'll notice how the trees, shrubs and landscape change quickly as you leave the valley floor. Once you reach the Lost Trail take a little break, as a serious climb is about to begin.
There will be numerous places where the slope is steep, but do your best to stop and look down from time to time. The redwoods will disappear and above, the landscape will start to clear. Chaparral, meadows and mountain tops will appear. Once you get to the Canopy View Trail go left until you join up with the Panoramic Trail. Here you'll parallel the Panoramic Highway heading south.
Soon you'll come to the Redwood Trail, take the right. As you continue on into the woods you'll arrive at the Tourist Club. This is a private hiking club and they host special events during the year that are open to the public. Be sure to look into this ahead of time, as the programming is informative and enjoyable. Passing through the Tourist Club property you'll come out to the Sun Trail.
Th along the ridge line follows the contours of Mt. Tamalpais and eventually you'll cross the street that leads down to the Muir Woods National Monument. Look for the Dipsea Trail and head right. This will take you back into the overflow parking lot of the parking area where you began your journey. As a fun aside, the Dipsea Trail is the namesake of the world famous Dipsea Run, the oldest annually held running event in the United States.
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