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Muir Woods – Sausalito, California

By Editor | January 31, 2008

Muir Woods National Monument (Park) is located in Sausalito, California just north of San Franciso.

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Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to. The Redwood Creek region contained one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s last uncut stands of old-growth redwood. Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent, bought 295 acres here for $45,000 in 1905. To protect the redwoods the Kents donated the land to the United States Federal Government and named it after conservationist John Muir.”This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world,” declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.

Muir Woods canyon is a place to walk and enjoy the forest. The primary trails along the canyon floor are level and paved. Bridges along Redwood Creek create leisurely 1/2 hour, 1 hour, or 1 1/2 hour loops. All of these walks take you on a journey beneath 1000 year old old-growth coast redwood trees.

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Muir Woods is visited by over 1 million people each year. Visitation is highest in summer months, and to avoid the crowds park staff recommends visiting on weekdays, before 10am or after 4pm.

The redwood forest is usually cool. Jackets, layered clothing, and walking shoes are recommended. Picnicking is not allowed in Muir Woods, but there are picnic facilities nearby at Muir Beach and Muir Beach Overlook. All pets, including dogs, are prohibited in Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais (Tam) State Park. Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed in Muir Woods. Bikes are not allowed in Muir Woods. They are allowed on designated fire roads surrounding Muir Woods.Smoking is prohibited on trails. Portable radios are alsoprohibited.


Individuals 17 years of age and older $3.00 – Day

(entrance fee also valid for same-day use at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA)


Muir Woods Pass

$15 – Annual

This pass is good for 12 months and admits pass holder and all accompanying passengers in a private vehicle to Muir Woods National Monument.

If you are going to be around the San Francisco area you have got to pay Muir Woods Park a visit.

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