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Ben Johnson Trail

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A steep hike out of Muir Woods National Monument through the redwoods to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

1,083' 330 m

High

284' 87 m

Low

835' 255 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Description

One can start the hike to the Ben Johnson Trail through Muir Woods National Monument by either the Redwood Creek Trail or the Hillside Trail. The steep climb to the ridge snakes through the redwood forest and up through the fog-line onto the grassland and shrub-scaped top of Mount Tamalpais. This trail is well shaded on a mostly soft pathway. However, expect to spend some energy on this mile climb. Ben Johnson is a great escape from the crowds below and can be utilized to complete a much longer loop.

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Phil DiGirolamo

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  4.1 from 9 votes

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  4.1 from 9 votes
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#872

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#9,573

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Muir Woods to Stinson beach
Aug 20, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
My feet and lots of ferns on this trail.
May 21, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA

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Aug 14, 2022
Shannon Moran
May 31st 2018
Jun 4, 2022
Andrea Montalvo
A beautiful, but steep trail that alternates between steps/root scrambling and switchback. Made a loop by connecting to the Dipsea trail.
May 13, 2022
Ashlyn McFadden
Tom, Mary, Clint
Nov 28, 2019
Jen Manning
Sep 28, 2019
R L
Aug 5, 2019
Lukas Pankau
Up from Muir Woods 1.1mi — 0h 40m
Jul 12, 2019
Mary Jo Baniecki
Jun 1, 2019
Shelly Dee