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These mighty redwoods are among the tallest and oldest trees on earth. It is difficult to gain perspective as to how mammoth these trees actually are, and its next to impossible to photograph them in their entirety. But its kind of fun to watch people crouch and practically lie down on the floor attempting to capture the entire dimensions of a redwood.
Since the trees are the reason why you're here, the thing to do is walk around and view them. There are plenty of redwoods along the 2 mile main path beginning at the entrance into the national monument. Even a short visit here will allow you the opportunity to experience what a redwood forest looks like. As you walk and admire, try to imagine what the area now known as Marin County looked like when it was covered with these trees. Try to imagine the sight of redwoods rising gracefully above the shroud of fog that covers the bay area on many mornings.
Updated Jul 14, 2005
Muir Woods is a short and scenic drive from San Francisco. It is located a couple of miles north of the city on hwy 101. The road to the woods is steep and winding and goes up a portion of Mount Tamalpais.
If you're visiting San Francisco, you'll need a car to get here, unless you're willing to pay for an expensive taxi ride. An alternative is to take on of the half day tours. The drawback to this is that you are only allowed about an hour in the park. But, if you want to make a day of it, you can sign up for the morning tour and arrange to take the afternoon bus back. Most tour companies offer the tour twice a day and are willing to accommodate such requests.
Updated Jul 12, 2005
Phone: 415 388 2595
Muir woods can best be appreciated by getting out of your automobile and walking through the forest on the path. The color, height, girth, straightness and age of some of the Redwoods will leave you spellbound.
Updated Aug 13, 2003
Depending on the path, you'd likely devote at least 45 minutes to enjoying a stroll through Muir Woods. Some paths can take as much as 2 hours to loop around.
Written Oct 22, 2011
Having a ranger tell you all about the forest life and how it works is educational and can be entertaining as well.
Written Oct 22, 2011
The Muir Woods are certainly worth a visit ... 1000 year old giant trees, towering 260 feet high.
Open year round from 8:00 am to sunset.
Written Jun 19, 2004