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Muir National Forrest - Mill Vally, California

Muir Woods National Monument is a United States National Monument managed by the National Park Service, named after naturalist John Muir. It is located on Mount Tamalpais near the Pacific coast, in southwestern Marin County, California. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is 12 miles north of San Francisco. It protects 554 acres, of which 240 acres are old growthcoast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It caters to pedestrians, as parking of vehicles is only allowed at the very entrance. Hiking trails vary in the level of difficulty and distance. Picnicking, camping and pets are not permitted.

Reservations are required for all vehicles and shuttle riders since 2018. Marin Transit operates a shuttle on all weekends and holidays and during select peak weekdays, providing service to Muir Woods from Sausalito, Marin City, or Mill Valley (Route 66); the National Park Service recommends that visitors use the shuttle when it is operating to avoid difficulties in finding parking.

Restrooms located in entrance plaza and cafe. Muir Woods Trading Company cafe and gift shop – offers deli food items and souvenirs. The cafe also has a permanent display of historic photographs. The main trail (paved and boardwalk) through Muir Woods is a 2 miles loop. A .5 miles loop from the Visitor Center, through Founders Grove, to Bridge 2 and back is ADA accessible.

We visited the forrest when we toured San Francisco. The forrest is a bucket-list location and would be a tragedy to miss if you are in the San Francisco area. Seeing the Coastal Redwoods, considered the tallest of all living things, is breathtaking.

Contact information:

Muir Woods National Monument 1 Muir Woods Rd Mill Valley, CA 94941

Phone: (415) 561-2850

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