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August 25, 2011
From journal Girlfriends in San Francisco
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
July 18, 2000
From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay
Saint Paul, Minnesota
June 13, 2006
From journal San Francisco: 3-day whirlwind
May 18, 2006
After Stinson Beach, we continued our drive into Muir Woods. This National Park is famous for it's spectacular Redwood Trees. These trees are some of the tallest in the world, and grow up to 260 feet in the park. There are several paths for you to explore these great trees on, which I definitely recommend. Also, if you go in the winter, you can get a chance to see the trout swimming up the river- a spectacular sight in itself! This is a must see, especially for the family! It is a perfect spot for the afternoon picnic. Beware, though—make sure to bring a sweater along, even if it is a warm sunny day. Once you get in the shade of the forest, it is suddenly very chill and cool. A fun fact about Muir Woods—they shot several scenes from the movie "Return of the Jedi" here.
From journal Fresh & Fishy San Francisco!
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
October 8, 2004
Entry fee: $3 per person (17 and older)
Muir Beach and Muir Woods are named after famed naturalist, John Muir, whose writing advocated for conservation as an environmental ethic. Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101, and, if you have time for a day trip during your stay in SF, it is a sight to behold and not to be missed.
Muir Woods is home to the Red Wood tree. The Red Woods are billed as "the tallest living things." The Bohemian and Cathedral groves have the biggest trees in Muir Woods, one 252 feet tall and one 14 feet wide. Some of the trees are at least 1,000 years old. Venturing through the woods, you are profoundly impressed by the beauty and ancient, pre-historic quality of the surroundings. It feels magical, mystical, and medieval.
Muir Woods has loop walks in Redwood Canyon, and most of them are paved. For more rugged adventurers, unpaved trails out of the canyon link to the trails in Mt. Tamalpais State Park. I lacked the enthusiasm for a daylong hike, but spent about 2 hours going on a loop walk with my friends. By the end of the walk, I was so struck by the sublimity of the Red Wood trees, I was convinced I could live as a hobbit and set up house in the trunk of a giant Red Wood tree.
From journal If You’re Going to San Francisco…
March 1, 2007
From journal A San Francisco Treat
December 1, 2006
From journal If You're Going to San Francisco
October 4, 2002
From journal The City by the Bay