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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. Put Muir Woods National Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Mill Valley trip builder.
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  • Great place to see a redwood forest. We saw 5 fox kits, 2 doe - all within reach. Great talks by rangers. See it all or see a little of it. Highly suggest you take a tour bus - VERY little parking for...  more »
  • This is an awesome place- trees are enormous! It's rather touristy- and has many easy trails to walk (meaning many older couples and young kids are abundant), but it was beautiful and interesting none...  more »
  • Muir Woods National Monument is exactly what you would expect - lots of woods and lots of huge trees. The Park Service has done a magnificent job on the trails, boardwalks and overall grounds. You don...  more »
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  • We kind of knew what we were getting into when we made the trip up here. We kept reading to be here early or good luck on parking. Man, were they right. We ended up parking past the primary and the back up parking lot they had and were lucky enough to get a parking spot about 1 mile from the ticket office. But once we got there and bought our tickets, man it was quite the experience. At first I thought it was going to a bunch of trees, oh some regular ole trees. No, these things were the real deal. They towered way up high and were pretty wide to boot. Out of the 4 routes that the place offered, we took the 3rd route. The price for the ticket wasn't that bad either. I will say that their gift shop is a little bit on the pricey side, but that's to be expected in my opinion. Their gift selection wasn't bad either. Overall, if you come to San Francisco or neighboring area, plan a trip here for about half a day. Really great scenery and if your into hiking they have some of that as well. Prepare for walking for a good while too. Sandals are okay but comfy shoes may be more appropriate.
  • Incredibly large redwoods with a great trail/walkway system. Easy to visit with a stroller. Although many people visit, we did not feel crowded. It was relaxing, awe inspiring, and informative. The only drawback is the parking. We had to park 0.75 miles away, but the walk didn't seem bad. Glad we went. Highly recommended.
  • It's a long and winding road to Muir Woods, but worth the trip. About 45 minutes from Bolinas, we arrived about 11 am, and it was tricky finding parking. We let everyone off at the gate and cruised parking, and waited about 10 minutes for someone to leave a space we could take. About a 10 minute walk to the gate and visitor center. We walked along the main trail loop to the Cathedral Grove. We saw baby foxes! Please try to be quiet as you walk the trail--it is a completely awe-inspiring place. We also had a great lunch at the visitors' center. We left about 2pm, which would be the perfect time to arrive, as there were plenty of parking spaces available at that time.
  • The red wood trees was amazing. ... It was relaxing and nice. ... we enjoy our walk. Educational walk also. ... my son and nephew took the junior ranger questionnaires and got a junior ranger badge and pledge . ... it was a nice activity for the kids. ... just ask inside the visitor center. ... We had a great time. ...
  • Peaceful. Humbling, terrible parking. Bus it in if you can. Long walk in cool temps. Great pictures. 10 bucks for adults. Free for kids.