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Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

Categories: Forests, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
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. Put Muir Woods National Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Mill Valley trip builder.
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  • $ 10 entry, very good price! There are a lot of different trails to choose from and there's something to suit most people. Of course, we were surprised by the stunning nature. The Park is clean and there are benches, seats and photo opportunities everywhere in the Park.
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  • Very impressive! A real recommendation on my part. Only about 1 hour away from San Francisco, you can admire giant trees. Schedule enough time!
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  • Such a beautiful gem only minutes from downtown San Francisco. Can get very busy in the summer, but Kerr is a tip. Hey there after 5. The park really empties out, the temperature drops, and you can pa...  read more »
  • This is a great escape from the city, though $10 entry plus another $1 for a map seems steep (depending on which trail you take you can actually avoid the ticket box). Can be tricky to teach via public transport, especially during off-peak times when the shuttle isn't running. Friendly, helpful staff plus toilets and drinking fountains. Unfortunately you will most likely find the tranquility ruined by noise- despite signs EVERYWHERE saying please be quiet, Americans (sorry but it's true) talk at volumes as if they were on the subway.
  • Big and old redwood trees!!!! felt amazed looking at the trees which are so tall. and the staff of the park is very helpful too and the wooden path into the forest is well built and maintained. what I dint like is - tooo many people and no parking space. it was a weekday and the place was packed. I am the part of the " crowd " too but still too many people. we had to park 2 miles down the hill. there are signs everywhere to be quiet inside the forest and not to talk loudly and just whisper but people are inconsiderate to it and talk very loud. People even step outside the marked range and into the forest. may be the staff should be dispersed all around the trail.
  • I couldn't possibly capture the magnificence of these trees through photos. This is something you absolutely have to experience in person to appreciate. We were only able to spend a couple of hours in Muir Woods but could have easily spent the day. The forest is incredibly peaceful and relaxing. There is also a trail to Ocean Beach. I would have loved to grab a sandwich from the cafe and enjoy a picnic on the beach. We weren't able to stay long enough to do that, but I highly suggest doing so if you can. You won't want to leave once you get to Muir Woods. I'm jealous of the locals who have the option of enjoying a yearly membership!
  • We visited this park through a tour which I regret because we only had an hour on our own to experience the woods. On the other hand it was nice because it was very convenient to have somebody pick you up from your hotel, drive you there and take you back. They do have a little shop with souvenirs and food that we didn't buy anything but we saw on the food network later on and now regret not trying it.
  • The trees here are gorgeous, the air is clean, and it just feels so peaceful. Muir Woods was definitely a highlight during our NorCal visit. Get here early to get a good parking space and to avoid the crowds. The hiking paths are well maintained and safe enough for kids. Just hold on to them and make sure not to go too fast.
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