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November 5, 2003
You have to be going to the Muir Woods NM to find the place – it’s not just right off the highway unless you're cutting across to the beach. Park in the main lot off Muir Woods Road and walk over to the entry station where you'll need to pay the $4 per person entry fee prior to entering the park(believe me- the $4 is more than worth it).
After entering the park and striking off down the boardwalk trail, it occurred to me how quiet and peaceful the woods were. It was as if in the presence of such colossal creations, everyone wanted to speak in reverent tones, daring not disrupt the quiet. The trees tower over 250 feet above your head, formed in 'family circles', springing from the root systems of what had been solitary redwoods that died. As we hiked, we noticed the enormous ferns growing at the base of the trees, thriving in the moist and often fog-laden valley. An 8 point buck browsed through the foliage for tender shoots not 15 feet off the trail, no one daring to make a sound and cause him to run. As I mentioned earlier, the trail is made up of boardwalks and bridges to prevent the human visitor traffic from trampling the foliage and packing the earth around the trees. One of the deadfall trees that the path has been cut through fell due to over-compaction of the soil around its root system by the multitudes and their foot traffic.
Redwood Creek trickles through the valley of redwoods and is the spawning ground for coho salmon and steelhead trout from mid-December to March. You can see young fish in the pools throughout the spring and summer months and watch some swim from pool to pool along the rivulets in the stream. At about the halfway point along the trail, there is a brochure kiosk where you can purchase (only $1) an additional map which is also a wonderful guide to the trails and information about the plant and wildlife in the park. When you reach Cathedral Grove, you'll want to sit awhile and enjoy the stillness. Don't rush off down the path, pause, take time to drink in the surroundings, and perhaps reflect. When you head back to the car, I think you'll find yourself as refreshed as I did and ready to carry on again.
P.S. The gift shop has redwood saplings that you can have for your very own. Just be sure to write down the care instructions for the generations to come – it’s gonna be a long time watering!
From journal Seeing the sights of San Fran
March 11, 2003
If you are in the area, it is well worth the short trip, but get here early as the car parks are small and fill very quickly. Overflow car parks are available but are 1 to 2 miles from the woods.
There is a small fee to enter the woods; I think it was about $3 each. You then get a guide leaflet with details of the different walks available within the park, with their distances and exertion levels, etc. There are several walks on the main track that won’t get you too exhausted, but if you want to test your agility, there are longer and more strenuous walks. We started off by taking one of the more taxing walks, but after a couple of miles we came across a lot of workers trimming back the trees and were advised not to continue as they couldn’t guarantee we would get back later. We then turned around and made our way back, and once into the main area took one of the easier walks. There were quite a lot of people along this walk--we hadn’t encountered anyone on the first walk. But it was very relaxed and peaceful with the sun streaming through the treetops.
There are lots of information points along the route, so you'll know which trees and plants are what. Guides are also on hand should you want a guided tour.
A rest area in the park has toilet facilities and a restaurant, which sells snack-type things such as rolls, hot dogs, ice creams, and drinks. There is also a souvenir shop selling the usual things--ashtrays made out of redwood trees, books, etc.
You probably will not need to spend a whole day here, unless you want to take advantage of the hiking walks available. You can therefore do Muir Woods in the morning and go somewhere else in the afternoon. Due to the parking situation, I would not recommend doing it the other way round.
From journal I lost my heart to San Francisco
October 4, 2002
From journal The City by the Bay
by Adventures With Adam
New York, New York
July 27, 2002
Several bus tours to the monument are available, but I chose the more civil option of renting a car. Follow Highway 101 out of the city across the Golden Gate Bridge. After crossing the bridge, pull over at the turnout for a sweeping view of the city and bay. Next, turn onto Highway 1 and look for the signs to the monument. The entrance road is narrow, steep and winding -- don’t try this with a trailer. (Difficult access to the highway spared this grove from logging.) Soon you’ll find yourself at the visitor center where you’ll pay your $3 admittance to the monument.
Though not quite as impressive as their more massive cousins the giant Sequoias, the coastal redwoods are still some of nature’s grandest creations. They are the Earth’s tallest trees, measuring up to 368 feet high with a 30-foot diameter, and are among the oldest, living up to 2,200 years. At one point on your visit, you’ll see the cross section of a fallen redwood. Stop and count the rings as Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak did in Hitchcock’s "Vertigo."
Two-miles of paved paths guide you around the grove. On some sections of the trail where the sunlight streams through, you may feel like you are in a cathedral. Birdlife is abundant here, so keep your eyes open for species such as the delightful Stellers jay. You can exhaust the monument’s trails within an hour or so. For hikers who wish to travel further on, some trails connect into Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Because the monument opens early (8 a.m.) and is so compact, I recommend you make it the first stop on an excursion to either Point Reyes National Seashore or the wine country.
From journal Adventures in San Francisco
April 4, 2002
From journal San Francisco Through New Eyes
by D & M
July 31, 2001
From journal A week in the Bay Area
Grand Prairie, Texas
July 11, 2001
They are found in Marin County about 20 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. They are easy to find with a map of northern Californa. The walks are not that difficult to do, but you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the redwoods and the animals that live nearby.
There are nature guides there that you can purchase for $1.00 that tell you about the trees and provides a map of the trails. If you really want to hike, you can hike to Stinson Beach which is about 5 miles away.
April 24, 2001
From journal San Francisco with FFlyer Miles
July 18, 2000
From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay