Muir Woods makes an excellent day trip. Located just 12 short miles of San Francisco, you'll be greeted with a wonderful acient coast of majestic redwoods.
For all those natures buffs, this is a must! The park has some really nice easy to moderate trails along some wonderful wooded areas.
Open from 8 am to sunset with a $5 entrance fee. Parking is somewhat limited, so get here early.
While in San Francisco, if you want to see some redwood trees, Muir Woods is your closest grove. Just 12 miles outside of the city, the beauty, stillness, and peace you can find in Muir Woods makes you feel as though you are days away from the hustle and bustle of SF.
There are several trails to choose from, depending on your skill set but even a short, flat walk (the shortest is only a 1/2 mile, no hills) can soothe your soul and expose you to one of California's treasures.
These trees are amazing and the woods also have water, other plants & flowers, and a few critters. This is a great trip for kids as it exposes them to a lot of history as well. They'll find out who John Muir was and learn about American history (one of the younger trees is as old as the United States).
There is a gift shop, cafe, and restroom at the entrance to the park. It costs $5 to get in (for those 16 and over) and it is open 8am to sunset. The woods floor doesn't get much sunlight so it can be chilly, even in the middle of summer so take a jacket or a long sleeve t-shirt.
To get there, cross over the Golden Gate Bridge and then follow the signs. You'll exit quickly and go through a town that has a gas station if you need to fill up. The road to the park from the main road is extremely steep and twisty so drive carefully. Also really long campers aren't allowed. The parking lot is pretty small.
Easily accessible from San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument is the place to go to see giant redwood trees. You will be amazed by the height of these trees, which can grow to more than 100 meters. There are several excellent hiking trails within the park. This place makes a great half-day trip from San Francisco. From the city by car, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, then exit to California Highway 1 North. This road is very winding, but you only have to drive like this for a few miles before reaching the destination. Follow signs to the park.
Spent a couple of hours there and enjoyed the place. Wish it was less crowded though. I am sure walking in piece and quiet among the huge redwood trees would of been amazing.
FEE: $5 per person.
ADVICE: Come early. Otherwise the place will be packed and the parking lot will be full. We came around noon on a weekend and ended up parking way down the road and had to walk back to the park gates for 15 minutes each way.
Near Mt Tamalpais is Muir Woods. From San Francisco, it's the nearest place to find the majestic coastal redwoods, the world's tallest trees. It's an outstanding place to hike. After a few days in the big city, Muir Woods offers a respite from the crowds, the traffic, and the noise.
Some hiking trails lead uphill, to provide an excellent view of the coast and San Francisco Bay. This is a mere warmup compared to the view from Mt Tam. I recommend visiting both Muir Woods and Mt Tam together.
The address is:
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, California 94941-2696
Muir woods is worth a look a short walk around the trails & a look at the red woods it is very peacefull and quiet up in the muir woods.It has a small gift shop which sells various trees you can take home with you and plant in your own back garden.
Located a mere 12 miles north of San Francisco, this tract of old growth redwood trees offers a glimpse into what the entire northern California coast must have looked like before it was logged into submission. Thanks to an environmentally conscientious couple’s foresight in purchasing the land, it remains for all to enjoy. The main trail is wheelchair accessible and though it is packed with tourists, it still has a tranquil air about it as most talk in hushed tones. And why not, you’re walking amongst trees that are not only the tallest on earth, but are one of the oldest living things on the planet. If you can’t get up to camp in Redwood National Park, you should at least get out to see this small gem.
Muir Woods is a tiny area in Marin County that has been set aside to preserve the California redwood trees. You can get a better sampling of these mighty giants in Redwood National Park to the north, but, if you're in the San Francisco vicinity, this is the place to go to walk among the redwoods.
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Muir Woods is on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It opens at 9:00 and costs a small fee to get in. The trick is, if you get there early you beat both the crowds and the cost of admission, but I don't think you can get there before 8:00, so try to arrive then. This is a place to think and enjoy the quiet, so I suggest getting there as early as possible before all the buses full of tour groups and school children pull in and begin to populate the walkways.
For you nature lovers, Muir Woods National Monument is where you'll find the famous and magnificent Redwood trees. There are trees that are hollowed out at the base enough that you can drive your car right through!
A nice trip out of San Francisco for either a half or full day. You get to cross the Golden Gate bridge and then enter beautiful Marin county.
Muir woods is an ancient coastal redwood forest boasting trees to the height of 260 feet. We had a great time walking through this beautiful area which is named after the famed naturist John Muir.
Directions - Follow Hwy 101 acorss the Goldeg Gate bridge, then California Hwy 1. Follow signs to Muir Woods Monument.
Just 5.6 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods National Monument is visited my more than one million people annually. This secluded canyon in Mill Valley protects the San Francisco Bay's last stand of Coast Redwoods, some 1,000 years old and towering over 260 feet high. Accessible hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy this cool, misty forest. There is also a cafe and a gift shop.
The site is named for the famous naturalist, John Muir, who once said, "This is the best tree lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."
To reach Muir Woods cross the Golden Gate Bridge on Hwy-101, then take the Hwy-1 exit and follow the signs. Crowds in summer are very heavy and parking is limited. We were there on a weekday in February, and even then the parking lot was full. In summer and on weekends some have had to to park along the road as much as a mile away. Another alternative would be to take one of the commercial tours out of San Francisco. Public transportation to Muir Woods is not available.
About 10 miles from GoldenGate at the base of Mt Tam, you will find the Muir Wood National Monument. If you are into nature then this is a must see while visiting San Francisco. The redwoods trees are 300 ft high. You can also see Salmon spawing in the creeks during Dec-Feb. The best time to visit is during early morning hours. It is spectular and a magically sight to see the sun sqeeze through the fog and trees. There are many hiking trails inside the park. For more info visit http://muirwoods.areaparks.com/
Peaceful and serene Muir Woods is the old-growth redwood forest closest to San Francisco. It is a 550-acre (223-hectares) preserve, with some trees 1,000 years old and as high as 252 feet (77 metres). There are easy trails to wander amongst the giant redwoods.
Location: Off Hwy. 1, on Panoramic Way (Off Hwy. 1, near Mt. Tamalpais) Mill Valley.
California is full of National & State parks. Sadly most are a trip in themselves. However if your in San Francisco just drive over to Marin county and go to Muir Woods for a day-hike it's gorgeous and has huge California Redwoods (a must for all Nature-Lovers). Once your done with the Hiking head down to Stinson Beach and watch the sunset before heading back to San Francisco for the nights festivities. http://www.visitmuirwoods.com