Nature in all her beauty and majesty awaits just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here Muir Woods, a dense forest of old-growth coastal redwood trees, stands tall, proud and protected (President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908). Named for naturalist John Muir (1838-1914), Sierra Club founder and pioneering nature preservationist, the forest boasts redwoods towering as tall as 258 feet as well as bigleaf maples, California bay laurels and tanoak trees, 50 species of birds and Redwood Creek, a spawning ground for coho salmon. Laced with hiking trails (paved and unpaved), the woods gets crowded on weekends (the park draws 1 million visitors annually). Stop by on a weekday if possible. Plans are afoot to require reservations for cars, but no date has been set.
Truly beautiful area. There are typically a lot of people here, but especially on the weekends. If you get here later than 9am on a weekday I'd expect to walk a while to find parking. On weekends it can be very difficult. There are both very easy to walk areas on flat ground and partially challenging uphill Hikes. There is a gift shop that also has a place to get food. Definitely worth visiting multiple times.
The iconic tall trees make for a cool and breezy hike. Thankfully, they were spared from the recent wildfires. The hike is not difficult and is suitable for all ages. The hike starts at the Visitor Center and follows a loop along one of several well-marked routes. If you have a car or join a bus tour, it’s an easy day trip from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Public transportation is possible but not reliable and convenient. There is an entrance fee of $10.
It was nice experience. Perfect for nature lovers who love to hike. Price slightly on high side esp if you go with a big family. It's 10 per person. You have to dress well and for families with kids you need to be careful as the hills are really steep with no support in a few areas depending on the route you choose. Parking can be very difficult if you are not early.
This is one of the few places in the world that I have visited that gives me a sense that God truly is real. The woods are well preserved and the trees are larger than life. I have never seen anything like that! You have to see it for yourself! And the drive up to it is a beautiful sight, just watch out for coyote's!
Great place so close to SF. Hike was amazing starting with being in the woods with trees all around and then as you reach the top it all opens up. The track back down was great too. The only down side was that there is no signal on the mobile around the area. So if you are looking to get an Uber after the hike it can be a bit of a bummer. Luckily one of the guys at the reception gave me a ride to the ferry point.
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