The Hillside Trail at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, California is an easy 1 mile one-way hike that leads from the end of the Redwood Creek Trail back to Bridge 2 at Muir Woods. This trail is often taken by hikers to get back to the beginning of the trail system at Muir Woods since it essentially loops back from the Redwood Creek Trail; however, it's not as popular as the Redwood Creek Trail or the Redwood Creek Loop.
The trail starts off by going uphill after Bridge 4 for a very short distance - at the trail sign, take a left-hand turn to stay on the Hillside Trail. Shortly after heading uphill, the trail flattens out and you'll hike along a steep ridge that looks down over the Redwood Creek Trail. The lookout points on this trail can be found in various spots, but pictures don't do much justice for these lookouts of the trail, creek, and ancient coastal redwoods below.
Watch your footing as this trail sits along a tall ridge with no fence and plenty of roots along the trail to trip on.
Fee: There's a $10 fee to enter Muir Woods for adults. For more information, check out their website.
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