Muir Woods National Monument17191 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
- Address: 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, United States, San Francisco
- Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-4153882595
- Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
- Tags: National Park, Trail, Hiking Trail, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County boasts of its old growth towering Redwood trees through which scenic trails meander to Bohemian Grove, Cathedral Grove, and Redwood Creek. Among the numerous trails, the most exciting are the Dipsea and Johnson Trails that will offer you stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Tampa, and the verdant treetops in the surroundings. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Muir Woods National Monument has over 240 acres of Coast Redwoods. As you hike, the sunbeams penetrating through the marine layer fog looks magical. The native fauna of the area includes American Shrew Mole, Sonoma Chipmunks, Elk Deer, bats, Western Grey Squirrels, Northern Spotted Owls, and a number of fish in the Redwood Creek.
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Muir Woods National Monument Travel Tips
- Picnicking, camping and pets are not permitted.
- There are no lodging facilities in the Muir Woods.
- Restrooms are available.
- Moonlight walks have to be booked in advance.
How to Reach Muir Woods National Monument
- Bus Stop: Muir Woods Visitor Centre
- Aramark Cafe
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81.13% of people who visit San Francisco include Muir Woods National Monument in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
88.34% of people start their Muir Woods National Monument visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Muir Woods National Monument
92.87% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Muir Woods National Monument
Beautiful! Bathrooms, small cafe and large selection in gift shop. Interesting parking situation (not my favorite) but a GREAT way to spend the afternoon. Very windy road to get to, scared me a bit, but drive safely and it's no problem. Paved trails are great for even a stroller (or if you're up for the hike with a tot strapped on in a carrier). Would recommend closed toed shoes, but just personal preference for outdoor activities. So many areas for great photos, and lots of areas to take a rest.
The trees were beautiful and the wildlife was really cool. We saw wild deer and turkeys. I did feel like it was a little bit of a tourist trap though. You have to buy parking passes ahead of time just to get in. After going to Sequoia national Park and Yosemite national park; the trees at Muir Woods seemed little in comparison. Still for being so close to San Francisco it was really cool!
For a person who isn't huge on nature stuff, this place is worth the visit. Stunning views of a beautiful forest. Air as clean as it should be, refreshing for the soul and mind. Reasonable loop hike...say an hour or two depending on your pace. Man made trail so you don't walk through the woods. Easy for almost anyone. Highly recommend!
I think this was my favorite part of our trip to San Francisco. The drive out was fun with the winding roads and cliffsides. It was strange having to purchase a parking spot ahead of time but once you get there you'll see spots are very limited. We got there super early (9am) on a weekday and were the first ones there. It was wonderful to be there when it's quiet. A bit colder than we thought but it was fun. The trees make it worth the trip, they're way bigger than you think they're going to be.
Totally worth the half hour drive from San Francisco. Go online and reserve parking as the lots are small and fill up. We were there "off season" and were able to reserve the night b4 but I wouldn't recommend that if your in San Francisco during the summer or a holiday weekend. We were expecting to only be there for a few minutes to check in out but 2 hours and 10k later we emerged. The forest just has a way of captivating the soul.