Monday, January 20, 2014

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Twenty-one
Mountain Home-Muir Woods Loop
One of the newer sections of Troop 80 Trail, with a spectacular stone retaining wall

What it's like:
This loop through ancient woods is less than 5 miles, but feels longer, thanks to lots of small elevation changes along the way (and epic sets of stairs on Lost Trail).

Why now:
The lower section of Bootjack Trail has just reopened after bridge repair and trail work. Yippee!

If you can't make it this week:
Truly scenic and gorgeous 365 days a year. Spring wildflowers are usually scarce on this hike (and since it's a drought year there will likely be fewer than usual) but autumn maple leaves are colorful near the creeks in September. I get a kick out of hiking here in August when the main parking lot at Muir Woods is packed.

Insider tip:
Get there early for parking on weekends. If the lot is full, continue uphill to the Bootjack Trailhead and begin your hike from there.

Mountain Home-Muir Woods is hike number 9 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, check out Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in the East Bay. The trails are flat and paved and it's a great place for birdwatching.

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