on June 13, 2006
Just a few short miles from the crowded city streets, you'll find one of the most peaceful and rejuvenating places I've ever visited. Muir Woods is so quiet and so natural, you'll be afraid to talk.The roads leading to Muir Woods wind you through some fantastic scenery, over the Golden Gate Bridge and along valleys. The park is a mere $3 to get into, making it the best value in the San Francisco area. There is one small drawback to the park, in that parking can be difficult to find and quite a hike from the entrance. We had to park almost half a mile away from the entrance.Even our parking woes could not deter from the wonderful majesty of the woods. Immediately upon entering the park, you are surrounded by 1000-year-old redwoods, reaching hundreds of feet tall. There is no comparison, and words cannot simply describe how neat this experience is.There is some fire damage to some of the trees along the main trail, which shows the resiliency of these redwoods. They burn down and grow back, and even split and grow around other trees to adapt to their conditions.The main trail tends to be crowded with visitors, so head along some of the longer trails, and at times, you'll find yourself alone. We headed along the Dipsea and Steep Ravine trails, but there are 5 or 6 other paths as well. The smaller trails are not good for children or for people with disabilities, since they narrow and have branches and rocks strewn along them.You can easily spend all day in Muir Woods, and if you have the time, I would highly recommend at least 3 hours. Visit the Muir Woods website for directions, park hours, and other essential details.
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