Muir Woods National Monument

If you find yourself in the San Francisco Area then Muir Woods National Monument needs to make your “to see list”.

Just 11 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge I think it’s a great place to start
or end
your day in San Francisco.

The height!
it’s the height with the redwoods.
When you stand at the base of one of these trees it’s as if they reach up and touch heaven and somehow you get a little taste, a fresh breath of heaven here on earth.
As if God loved designing and growing these trees so much He allowed us to see a small glimmer of His Majestic Greatness in them!

Photos do the Muir Woods no justice, so you see, you must visit.

The main area of the Muir Woods has a nice, flat boardwalk that circles through this beautiful grove.
There is a accessible walkway that loops through the main grove offering 3 different turn back paths.
A 1/2 mile, 30 minute hike, a 1 mile, 1 hour hike and 2 mile, 1.5 hour hike  makes viewing these beauties easy.
Steve and I visited in 2012 right before heading to the airport for a red-eye back east.
I told him we would just take a “little side trailthrough some baby groves”, 4 miles, nothing big.
Except the elevation gain. While it’s minimal it was more height than we thought!
By the time we realized we were crazy in the cutting it short until our flight, time area, we were too far in and I gotta say even with a small (1/2 mile) “detour” we were glad we took the time to explore beyond the grove floor.
grove of baby redwoods

So, if your headed to the San Francisco/Oakland area, I say take time to visit.

I also think it’s a doable day trip from the Sacramento area, Muir Woods in just under 2 hours from Sacramento, I say you’re crazy if you don’t take the time to visit.

I think John Muir himself said it best when he said this about the Muir Woods National Monument, “This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forest of the world”
happy trails
Getting there:
1 Muir Woods Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Highway 101 North or South
Stinson Beach/Highway 1/Mill Valley exit
Follow signs to Highway 1
Follow signs to Muir Woods
Cost $7pp
Hike: the Fern Creek Trail to Lost Trail and then take a right down the mountain to Ocean View Trail. 4 miles, easy/moderate
Map link here, take a screen shot, see below.
you read that correct, there is no cell service in Muir Woods
Turn off your cell phone or put it on airplane mode to conserve battery.

Combine Muir Woods with a trip to Stinson Beach for some time of relaxing, link coming soon!


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