Muir Woods National Monument

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this coastal redwood preserve features majestic redwoods and scenic hiking trails that draw more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,288 contributions
My husband and I wanted to see one of the redwood parks and since I had already been to Armstrong Redwoods Reserve we decided to explore Muir Woods as someplace that was new to both of us. I happened to call ahead which was fortunate because there is a reservation needed for parking and you can't get in without it. We picked a nice early time the next day to ensure the park wasn't crowded already when we arrived and it worked out great. The park is small but definitely beautiful and the trees are awe-inspiring. If you are a birdwatcher take your time as you go along the paths, especially near water areas, we saw so many different species! I was so happy we got an early time. because after a couple of hours the park started to fill pretty quickly and it got loud with people who were talking and not really there to see anything, more just there for exercise. If you go to see the wildlife reserve an early parking time, print your parking information, wear good hiking shoes and take a camera and/or binoculars, you won't be disappointed.
Written June 9, 2022
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gypsymamma
Minnesota725 contributions
A beautiful walk thru enormous trees. Be sure to take the Canopy View trail as you’ll get an entirely different view. Also highly recommend getting reservations for first thing in the morning- the lots and trails fill up quickly. It was a much nicer experience before the throngs of crowds arrived mid-morning. On the way out, be sure to stop at the beach access, it’s a beautiful beach and only a short walk.
Written August 13, 2022
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Great_Beer_Now
Houston, TX5,298 contributions
California is a state of natural wonder. I love the Golden state for many reasons, but its natural beauty has to rank at the top of my list. One of the state’s top attractions is, of course, its giant trees and a quick way to visit and see some of these big trees is Muir Woods National Monument, located just north of San Francisco.

Muir Woods is just under one square mile in size, and it contains groves of coastal redwoods, many of which rise over 200 feet in height. The monument has several trails for walking, observing, and picture taking. You can select a trail that suits your desired level of physical activity, and you can choose to stay on the paved trail, if you like, or venture onto one of the dirt paths for greater seclusion and more intimate viewing.

Like other National Monuments, Muir Woods has a visitor’s center, gift shop, and several excellent places for photo ops. There is a snack bar, too, and lots of beverages to make sure you stay hydrated. There is no internet service, so you have no excuse for allowing yourself to get distracted by your phone- place it out of sight and focus on the natural beauty that surrounds you. However, if you decide to purchase admission online and you don’t have a printout, be sure to have screen shots handy to show your proof of purchase.

Muir Woods can get crowded and that is because it is so close to a large population center which also happens to be tourist- oriented. When I was here most recently, we had to park our car several parking lots away and walk to the center. Oh, and be sure to prepare yourself for the drive here and back. The roads are rather steep at several points and can prove difficult for those with acrophobia.

I love the natural beauty at Muir Woods and I like that, even though it was crowded when I visited, I was able to escape the crowds without much effort. The further away you get from the visitor’s center, the thinner the crowds and this is what I recommend doing if your goal is to get in touch with the natural world around you with as few distractions as possible.

California is easily among my top five states for natural wonders and National Monuments like Muir Woods are part of the reason. These massive trees are a sight to behold and Muir Woods is a place you don’t want to miss on your next trip to the Bay area.
Written August 6, 2021
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Laurie S
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Nice national monument, nice trails. However, we did go into the gift shop and bought quite a bit of merchandise. I asked the clerk if it could be shipped, because I didn’t want to stuff all of that into my suitcase…he said yes. I gave him my name, address, credit card number and phone number and expected a call with the amount of shipping so I can pay for it. Never received a call, and all attempts to contact them went straight to a “full voice mail box”. They took my money and didn’t ship my merchandise, which is a shame because I really wanted it. Had to contact my credit card company for a refund. Very disappointed.
Written July 21, 2022
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unicorn3
Denville, NJ482 contributions
The Coast Redwoods are simply magnificent. My spouse and I walked the main trail, which was all boardwalk. It was beautiful and serene.

A few practical notes: (1) You MUST have paid parking reservations in advance. You can get them online. However, even with reservations, you may still have a little bit of a walk to the entrance; a couple of the parking lots are down the road a piece. (2) If you have a National Parks card, it will be accepted for admission. (3) Bringing in food is discouraged, and we saw almost no one do so. However, there is a cafe at the start of the trail, with outdoor seating, where you can purchase various kinds of food. (My spouse just bought an apple; I bought a croissant. Her apple was a lot better.)
Written June 9, 2022
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wendy L
Evanston, IL498 contributions
This was one of my family's most memorable nature outings. We followed the advice on the Muir Woods National Monument website, and booked our parking (mandatory in advance) and our entrance fees several days ahead to ensure that we could get an early start at 9 - 9:30. The only downside of the morning drive from SF was fog combined with curvy, steep mountain driving near the Woods. Once there we parked easily, were able to use a porta potty in the parking lot, and walked to the entrance, where there was a full rest room, a ranger doing a talk, and an easy check-in with no line. We got our trail map and headed to the main walkway, which is basically flat and well managed, with width enough for wheelchairs and handrails for those that need them. More challenging trails are available for those who want them. Because we were early there were few other visitors, and we walked for close to an hour, and saw the most magnificent ancient forest, through tree filtered light which created a rather mystic environment. After walking we went to the visitor center (more rest rooms) which had a coffee/snack bar and a gift shop, as well as tables and benches. This was a very easy and enjoyable outing for all of us, and as long as you remember to book ahead, there should be no surprises.
Written July 9, 2021
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JKD118
Paignton, UK13 contributions
We took the ferry over from Fishermans Wharf to Sausilito and quite by chance discovered the shuttle bus situated by a small museum in the carpark. We hadn't booked tickets online beforehand but this wasn't a problem we just paid $3 each and waited just 10 minutes for the next one to arrive.
The journey was approx 40 minutes and we could choose any return shuttle we liked.The entrance fee was $15 each and so the entire trip cost so much less than booking an organised tour.
The woods themselves were truly beautiful. So impressive and such a lovely walk. Just choose a route to suit your group. Such a change from the busy cities and have never seen such impressive trees
Written February 21, 2020
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Martyherbs
Grimsby, UK54 contributions
This visit was one I had planned for ages, it took some getting to.
You can organise a tour from your hotel for $80-$100.
We chose to get the ferry to Sausalito for $7, muni bus for $2 to Marin City to catch Muir wood shuttle bus for $3, shuttle bus to Muir wood went up the winding road through the valleys with steep drops.
Entred the park and paid $15 each. so saved over $50, better adventure had.
Went to have lunch in the entrance lodge, very, very expensive, cheese toastie with manky uncooked veg on the side as a side salad, total rip off for the money and all the staff were rude.
Woods were amazing, so beautiful and majestic, was only spoilt once by an idiot Ameican family who thought it was a good idea to do Saquatch calls and screams in the silent wood area, its allways thos humans!
Written April 3, 2022
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Vicki69072
Saint Paul, MN104 contributions
We visited Muir Woods via Dylan's Tours from San Francisco and it was a highlight! Beautiful boardwalks and paths through these giant redwoods. Plan to spend at least an hour and you can easily spend 2 or more. It's $15 per person to get in (15 and under are free) and if you have a National Park pass you can use it here!
Written July 12, 2021
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA7,574 contributions
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We got our required parking reservation for 9am in the last week in March on a Wednesday thinking there would be less people and we were only car #15 to enter the park. Pleasantly surprised how quite and peaceful until around noon when kids started showing up. It’s a very quiet peaceful place to walk among the redwoods and see the spring flowers and fresh spring growth.

There is the parking reservation fee and an entrance fee of $15 unless you have one of the various passes. Once thru the entrance arch you are on the “main trail” that goes back a mile on an easy boardwalk and then you can go across the stream up a hill to the “hillside trail” that is a true trail. If you want to stay on flat easy boardwalk then you can turn around at either bridge 2 , 3, or 4 depending on how long you want to walk. Check out the maps online for details. The boardwalk is very easy and anyone can use with walker/cane or mobility issues. There are also many benches to sit along the trail.

Springtime is definitely the best time to go before summer crowds and lots of people. The weather was perfect - sunny with temperatures in low 60s. We had a great time and spent 4 hours walking really slow and talking lots of photos. Many people just walked quickly thru the trails but I would highly suggest to take the time a see and experience the area with the forest, plants and birds. Definitely go 1st thing in the morning for the most relaxed time!

There are also side trails like the “canopy view trail” that is nice too and less crowded ; you can see on the map it goes above main trail and the hillside trail but brings you back to the visitor center.

The visitors center was open and the small restaurant was open with limited service now. Many places to sit on benches and places with tables. Really just a great experience that I would highly suggest to plan a 1/2 day to enjoy and take it all the views and smells of the redwood forest.
Written March 28, 2021
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