I am visiting in mid-October and would like to do about 6 to 10 hours of hiking in Muir Woods on a Tuesday. I already have my America the Beautiful pass, so parking fees don't enter into my calculations :), but I am happy to avoid crazy parking situations whenever possible.
I am a moderate to strenous level hiker, but on the slow side. I'd prefer to keep elevation changes to about 1600 feet, if possible. I will have somewhere between 6 to 11 hours depending on factors outside my control for hiking.
I have the sheets from the NP service and am reviewing all trails and protrails, but I'd like to get advice from people here - what do you think is the best hike at Muir woods? I want to see redwoods and want to see the beauty of the park and the area.