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Muir Woods is a short drive (12 miles) north from San Francisco and is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This National Monument is known for its forests filled with coastal redwood trees, some of the biggest trees in the world. The area is often blanketed in fog which adds a mysterious atmosphere to any visit, and also helps the redwoods survive in the drier summer months. In May 1945, Muir Woods was host to a very special international event. United Nations delegates meeting in San Francisco traveled to Muir Woods to honor the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a special memorial in a grove of redwood trees. Please visit the United Nations Memorial Service for President Roosevelt at Muir Woods page for more information. Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse.

Unbelievable views of the Pacific and SF. The trail is diverse going from densely wooded to standing on the sand with the waves crashing. Stinson Beach is a bit of a tourist trap with restaurants and gift shops which could be good or bad depending on what is desired. The trail was heavily trafficked. I had to stop multiple times to allow runners and mountain bikers to pass safely. If you access the trail from the overflow parking lot you can avoid the $10 entrance fee at the main gate. Overall a must have experience.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful trees with easy to moderate inclines. Get there early to avoid throngs of people. I went there on free admission day, and it was still very enjoyable. Will be going back to try out other trails.

hiking
8 days ago

Pretty easy and busy trail. This was my first Redwoods experience and while I don't think it is the best, it was still very beautiful and worthwhile.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Nice trail. Offers some photogenic scenery.

hiking
19 days ago