Jun 052015

hiker_MuirTreeThe coastal redwood forests and fern-coated canyons of the Muir Woods National Monument attract nearly one million people each year. This fascinating area was made a national monument in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt.

Along the many miles of gentle and winding hiking trails, visitors can see tanoak trees, redwood sorrel, stellar jays, black-tailed deer and banana slugs. Fortunate fall visitors may see a carpet of ladybugs in select areas as the insects come to mate. Some of the trails are paved, making it easier for wheelchairs, strollers and young children.

Muir Beach and Overlook is about three miles away. This beach is a semi-circular cove with pristine views of the California coast. Ten miles down the road is Stinson Beach, a splendid sandy beach at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais.  Avid hikers can access a number of longer, more challenging hikes from within Muir Woods. Muir Woods National Monument is north of the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101. Take the Highway 1 exit and follow the signs. But the best way to get there is to take the Muir Woods Shuttle (Golden Gate Transit Route 66), which departs from the Marin City Transit Hub and Manzanita Park-and-Ride every half hour each Saturday, Sunday and holiday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Parking is limited at Muir Woods, and you should expect a long walk to the entrance, especially on weekends. Muir Woods is open 365 days a year, and no reservations are required to visit.

415.388.2595 • nps.gov/muwo

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