Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

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Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument protects a pristine area of about 97 hectares (240 acres) of old-growth redwood forest. Walk among the giant trees, which are some of the tallest living things on the planet. You can choose from several trails, ranging in length and difficulty. For an easy hike through a grove of trees nearly a millennium old, take the short main trail loop. If you feel a little more adventurous, put on pair of good hiking shoes and take the 3 km (2 mi) trail to the top of "Cardiac Hill," which offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. To visit Muir Woods National Monument and other attractions in Mill Valley, use our Mill Valley trip planner.
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  • Absolute delightful, peaceful and wonderful experience wandering among these beautiful giants. It was a must see on my bucket list. 
    Absolute delightful, peaceful and wonderful experience wandering among these beautiful giants. It was a must see on my bucket list.  more »
  • There are plenty of parks in California with similar hiking trails. For example, the Redwood Regional Park. Muir Wood is not that special to be honest. Just more crowded. 
    There are plenty of parks in California with similar hiking trails. For example, the Redwood Regional Park. Muir Wood is not that special to be honest. Just more crowded.  more »
  • Beautiful giant Redwoods just 45 min from San Fransisco! Beware of the curvy drive though and take Dramamine if you get carsick. Once you are there it is like an enchanted forest and feels like you... 
    Beautiful giant Redwoods just 45 min from San Fransisco! Beware of the curvy drive though and take Dramamine if you get carsick. Once you are there it is like an enchanted forest and feels like you...  more »
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  • My sister and I had a wonderful time. This is definitely a kid friendly activity. The peace and beauty that surrounds you is surreal. I will definitely be going back. The road to get there is very winding and slightly unnerving but totally worth it. The views are stunning. The trails are clean and well kept. They have several places to sit and relax. I would recommend this place any day. It is very cool in the mornings and the trees provide great shade but it stays cool for a while.
  • Reservations for parking need to be purchased online beforehand. Time slots fill up quickly so plan ahead! There's also a shuttle service but we didn't use it. This park is absolutely stunning. Clean, marked trails with historic and educational markers throughout and the raw nature within is well worth any of the costs. I can't wait to go back.
  • Definitely worth a little traffic and some precarious twists and turns to see this place. There is a great selection of hikes to choose from depending on your challenge level and stamina. You're going to see some awesome trees, some of which were seeded before the fall of the Roman Empire. On a quiet day this place would be awesome for bird watchers, but even on a busy day, a lot of the birds are tame enough that they aren't bothered by the people walking by.
  • If I could only visit one place, in the whole of California, it would be Muir Woods. It is truly a natural wonder...one of the most spiritually and mentally uplifting places in the world. The boardwalk makes you visit more of a stroll than a hike. The trees are beautiful. There are just enough informational markers at intervals along the paths. I truly loved my visit.
  • Beautiful place to visit. It cost $9 to park and we got in for free on my mom's senior lifetime national park pass. Well-maintained trails and we even got to see salmon swimming in the streams! Great place to take kids. There is a gift shop and cafe as well. Be sure to bring cash for the cafe and gift shop as their card machine was not working when we went. Apparently this is a frequent occurrence, so it's best to just be prepared to pay cash just in case.

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