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Muir Woods National Monument

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  • 45 minutes from San Francisco
  • Old-growth redwood trees, the tallest living things in the world
  • Great wildflowers & wildlife

When To Visit: Year-round

Climate: Foggy. Dry and warm in summer and wetter and cooler in winter.

Location: Marin County north of San Francisco

Muir Woods, a remarkably close drive from San Francisco, protects one of the last sections of old-growth redwood forest in the Bay Area. It offers some of the Bay’s most scenic hiking opportunities or a chance to just relax in a wonderfully serene forest.

Photo: Hillside Trail

What To See & Do in Muir Woods

Take a hike! The main section of the park offers three loop trails: 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 1.5 hours. For a longer hike, you can switch off the main trail onto one of several side trails that take you into Mount Tamalpais State Park. The loop trails have many benches and nice spots to relax.

Where To Stay & Eat in Muir Woods

There is one store and cafe at the park entrance with some basic food options.

The park itself has no campgrounds, but there are four nearby in Golden Gate Recreation Area.

There are plenty of dining and lodging options in the nearby towns of Mill Valley and Sausalito or you can just head to San Francisco.

Nearby Side Trips from Muir Woods

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Top of the Mark in San Francisco

San Francisco: 45 minutes south of Muir Woods, this Bay Area epicenter’s world-famous landmarks, dramatic hills, and stunning architecture create arguably the most aesthetically pleasing city in the country. Read more.

Alamere Falls – A gorgeous nearly hour drive through the mountains and along the coast takes you to the trailhead for this amazing waterfall on a beach (really!) on Point Reyes National Seashore. The 8.5 mile round trip trail takes about 4-5 hours to complete and is mostly easy with a bit of a strenuous climb up from the beach.

Point Bonita Lighthouse – A few miles west of the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, this stunning lighthouse has great views of the bridge and ocean cliffs.

 

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