Muir Woods National Monument Travel Guide
The Throngs... Dec 29, 2009
Visitors surround a ranger emparting...
Forest Canopy of the Worlds tallest tree...
A Creek runs through it
We went to stay near here rather than staying in San Francisco. Although I have been to some of the other big tree parks as a child (including another Coastal Redwood park Big Basin), I hadn't been to Muir Woods. The park was named for John Muir - Upon learning of its...
Stroll through Muir Woods
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.
Get in on a free tour
Having a ranger tell you all about the forest life and how it works is educational and can be entertaining as well.
100 years old
on jan 8 2008 Muir Woods turned 100. there are all sorts of activities going on all year to celebrate this event. there are plenty trails to choose from, which makes this place perfect for all kinds of visitors.
The Hillside Trail lies on the opposite (west) bank from the main paved trail in the monument. The scenery here is still redwood forest, but this is the easiest accessible part of the park with the least crowds. The trail starts (or ends, depending on which direction you go...
Cathedral Grove is one of the most enchanting places in Muir Woods National Monument, probably because you've thrown off a good two-thirds of the visitors by the time you get there. The trees here are just as tall and beautiful and stately as their siblings in Bohemian...
The Bohemian Grove of giant redwoods contains the tallest redwood in the park, a 258-foot tall towering coast sequoia. It is the closest grove of redwoods to the visitor center. The grove got its name because it was an original meeting place of the Bohemian Club. The...
Muir Woods Visitor Center
Muir Woods is accessible from a spur road off the Panoramic Highway. There is a moderate sized parking lot. The visitor center lies at the trailhead into the redwood grove. You should stop by the visitor center first before starting your walk. There are a good number of...
Hike a little... or a lot...
Muir Woods can easily be seen in an hour, or you can really get the experience and spend a few here.Muir Woods is essentially a gulch, with Redwood Creek cutting down the middle. The main loop trail straddles the creek, is almost totally flat, and is only about a mile and a...
Early is best!
It is best to get here early -- both for getting parking and for seeing the forest with as few people as possible.
To bus or not to bus?
Many tour companies operate half day tours from San Francisco to Muir Woods. I would check into what else the tours offer besides the woods. A tour would be a good idea if you do not like driving slow, curvy roads with steep drop-offs.If you are more than 2 people, however,...
Muir Woods Gift Shop: Souvenirs & Trinkets
There is a good gift shop near the entrance of Muir Woods. It's a good place to pick up some nice souvenirs or memorabilia. Goods purchased here go toward a good cause - preservation of Muir Woods.
Muir Woods NM gift shop: Fun to browse
The Gift Shop at Muir Woods National Monument is actually pretty neat. They have a very large (and VERY expensive) selection of redwood burl crafts - from clocks to boxes and any other souvenier you'd normally find not made of wood. It's fun to browse, but, as I said, it's...
Saving the woods
Muir Woods was set aside as a national monument to preserve a portion of the redwoods that once spread across this portion of northern California. But the redwoods found here were originally spared because their remote location made them difficult for loggers to get to and cut down. It was their remote location that actually spared the trees.
Today, Muir Woods is a very popular destination and receives over 1 million visitors a year. For many, its an escape from the city, and an easily accessible one too as its only 12 miles from the center of San Francisco.
Written Jul 15, 2005
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The main drag
Most people who visit Muir Woods spend a short amount of time walking a portion of the two mile path from the entrance and purchasing food at the small canteen area near the visitor's center. For this reason, the are is very crowded. Your best bet for seeing Muir Woods is to...
The visitor's center
Most people arrive by tour bus and pass a great portion of their time at the visitor's center and the canteen area. I find that most visitor's centers offer some interesting information about the history of the park and the plant, animal and even human life that inhabited...
Walking by the river
Redwood Creek runs along the main path which leads to Cathedral Grove. Bridges cross the creek at four different points. If you're lucky, you can find a quiet spot along the creek or in some semi secluded corner and enjoy the peacefulness of these woods.
Walking in the trees
Muir Woods is a very easy to explore place. It has a well marked trail which circumnavigates the main part of the park. Even a short visit here can be enjoyable, although there are crowds to contend with. Take a brief walk beneath the giant redwoods and enjoy the cool air of...
Bring a jacket!
No matter what the weather is, you'll want to bring a jacket to Muir Woods. The trees prevent almost all sunlight from reaching the forest floor, and Redwood Gulch (which Muir Woods is a part of) is situated so that when the fog rolls in, the cold, moist air runs straight...
After visiting Sequoia National Park, I thought this place would be repetitive. And it was, a bit. But you can't help but be impressed by the redwoods. They are some of the oldest living trees on earth. And they grow in an area where rain is rare but moisture is not. The...
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