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Muir Woods National Monument

1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, California 94941 USA

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood's latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey. The weather is mild throughout the year, but summer is the busiest time to visit Muir Woods. The incredible diversity of flora and fauna at Muir Woods can be daunting some times, elusive at other times. The redwoods themselves dominate the scene, but the humble Steller's jay, ladybugs, ancient horsetail ferns, and the banana slug hold their own beneath the canopy. Plants adapt to low light levels on the forest floor, while whole plant and animal communities bustle in the canopy above our heads. Muir Woods National Monument is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is one of more than 400 national park units across the country. Plan on spending a few hours in the park, exploring the trails or particular points of interests. If time permits consider a longer hike, participate in a Junior Ranger program, recreate in Golden Gate, or consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about these special places. Guided walks and tours occur at various times, please check with a ranger for program available on the day of your visit.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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June 02, 2015
Rated 5.0

The weather here is perfect all year round: it rarely gets above 70 degrees in the shade of the huge trees. Tons of trails of varying difficulty as well.

Unfortunately, the entire place does not allow pets, and parking is SUPER limited (get there early, or be prepared to take a shuttle or park on the street). It also has no camping, but you can camp at Tamalpais which is right next door (so to speak).

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
HeatherA

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January 31, 2017
Rated 4.0

We stopped in after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge with the intention of just picking up an Annual National Parks Pass, but stayed to walk around a bit. There was an easy loop -flat with benches and wide bridges that could easily accommodate a wheel chair. Other trails came off this loop, but we weren't prepared for too much hiking that day. It's a hidden gem in the Bay Area.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jlbugno

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  • 11 Helpful
March 02, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite state parks. As a resident of Alameda, this is a very convenient destination, and it is connected to the Mt. Tamalpais State Park. If you give yourself a day to do so, you can hike down to Stinson Beach from here - a must for visitors and residents! This forest is an extremely peaceful, rainforest retreat from the busy and often smoggy Oakland and SF city life (and neurotic inhabitants). As a plus, you can end your day trip in Mill Valley at the base.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Todd

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March 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

I thoroughly enjoyed this park. Definitely a must-see if you're in the area and certainly worth the drive from downtown San Francisco. The redwoods are absolutely stunning, and the hikes are quite beautiful and relaxing.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
hlclark78

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August 17, 2019
Rated 2.0

Be warned that you need to buy parking in advance online or you‘ll get turned away at the park if the lots are full. Trailers need two parking passes if they are car size and can be detached. In 2019 the parks was just way overcrowded with tourists and in general it just wasn’t worth the hassle.

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Gio

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July 17, 2019
Rated 3.0

I’m slightly disappointed in the fact I didn’t know that parking had to be reserved... $8 for a “regular” car and than don’t forget it’s $15 per adult (16 or older) or you can take the shuttle and it is $3 per adult (15 or older) and when younger than 15 is free. I arrived at 11:30 and parking wasn’t available until 2:30-3:00... my hotel was 6 hours away and I was not driving late so I did not end up going, from what I drove it looked quite amazing but I sadly could not go.

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AnnaScottHackler

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August 02, 2017
Rated 4.0

Super packed. Limited parking. Extremely glad they preserved this area of Redwoods but I suggest going north a little and enjoying the more quiet avenue of the giants.

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Anna Hider

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May 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

Do yourself a favor and find a bench, and lay down and just look up for a little bit. Yes it's crowded and people don't listen to the keep quiet and stay on the trail signs.... but this place is so incredible none of matters.

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Reviewed by
sjogren

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March 22, 2017
Rated 3.0

Its ok but not more, Im a swedish guy and the looks like the swedish Forrest but its was cool👍

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Muir Woods National Monument

1 Muir Woods Rd
Mill Valley, California
94941 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • No Wifi
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