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.
We kind of knew what we were getting into when we made the trip up here. We kept reading to be here early or good luck on parking. Man, were they right. We ended up parking past the primary and the back up parking lot they had and were lucky enough to get a parking spot about 1 mile from the ticket office. But once we got there and bought our tickets, man it was quite the experience. At first I thought it was going to a bunch of trees, oh some regular ole trees. No, these things were the real deal. They towered way up high and were pretty wide to boot. Out of the 4 routes that the place offered, we took the 3rd route. The price for the ticket wasn't that bad either. I will say that their gift shop is a little bit on the pricey side, but that's to be expected in my opinion. Their gift selection wasn't bad either. Overall, if you come to San Francisco or neighboring area, plan a trip here for about half a day. Really great scenery and if your into hiking they have some of that as well. Prepare for walking for a good while too. Sandals are okay but comfy shoes may be more appropriate.
Incredibly large redwoods with a great trail/walkway system. Easy to visit with a stroller. Although many people visit, we did not feel crowded. It was relaxing, awe inspiring, and informative. The only drawback is the parking. We had to park 0.75 miles away, but the walk didn't seem bad. Glad we went. Highly recommended.
A must visit if you're in San Francisco. The height of those trees and the beauty of the place will leave you speechless. It's easy to walk if you're with the family or even for a wheelchair, and also have long hikes for those who feel adventurous. I'd recommend to go there very early on a weekday or late in the evening as it's really difficult to find parking. I heard there's a shuttle from Sausalito, but i never took it. That might be the best choice.
Great way to see some Redwoods! Trails are easy to read & follow. Beautiful Views!! Cons: Parking is HORRENDOUS!! We parked about a 1/2 mile down to avoid all the No Parking signs. There was a Ranger out there giving tickets at $99 a pop. For as many as he gave out they should be able to afford more parking or Muir Woods should be free to enter. 😌
Very cool place to see redwoods. I'd allow for at least an hour and a half, and avoid weekends as it gets crowded. Don't try parking there unless you arrive before it opens, just take the $5 shuttle from nearby Sausalito. Extremely well organized for tourists, but also allows for wandering away from the crowds