Muir Woods – Northern California Weekend Getaways

Muir Woods is the first National Monument to be established purely as a result of a private property grant. This was done to preserve redwoods, some of which are more than 150 years old, from the logging frenzy.Hike among the towering redwoods and see for yourself why John Muir was such a passionate advocate for the safeguarding of America’s most precious locations.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir
Muir Woods Entrance
Muir Woods Entrance. Picture credit: Ravindra Joisa

In the national park, there are limitless opportunities to learn and explore, from hiking to stargazing to uncovering ancient cultures. Also, the air was fresh and clean thanks to the enormous redwood trees and rich, green vegetation. I would recommend to arrive early in the morning to escape the throng for the soothing and mystical sounds of nature. Moreover, the enormous redwoods towered over us, magnificent and majestic.

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Ravindra Joisa at Muir Woods
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How to get to Muir Woods

Muir Woods is few miles to the north of San Fransisco, just after crossing the famous golden gate bridge. You can reach this place early morning if you have plans to visit Napa valley, famous for some of Americas winyards. I would recommend you to travel to this location using your own private vehicle or with a tour operator. Technically speaking, you can make use of cab service like Uber or Lyft as it is about 16 miles from Golden Gate, but returning from Muir Woods will be hard. There is no Wifi or mobile signal, so booking a cab won’t be easy. Note that there is an entry fee of $ 15 for 16 years old and above.

Redwoods trees at Muir Woods
Tall redwood trees. Picture Credit: Ravindra Joisa

Weather and Camping

Muir Woods, like the rest of the Pacific Coast, is known for its pleasant weather. Temperatures in the forest vary from 5 to 20 degrees Celsius most of the year, making it the ideal weekend getaway. Although camping is not permitted within the park, there are numerous choices in the surrounding region. Hikers seeking seclusion in a redwood forest will find this place to be an ideal refuge.

Path to the bridges at Muir Woods
Empty trail early in the morning. Picture: Ravindra Joisa

Hiking in Muir Woods

The enormous old-growth redwood trees of Muir Woods are well-known. Trails go to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove, as well as along Redwood Creek. The Ben Johnson and Dipsea paths in Mount Tamalpais State Park climb a slope for views of the treetops, the Pacific Ocean, and Mount Tamalpais. There are 6 kilometres of trails in this National Monument. There are 30-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute loops available, as well as longer treks on trails that stretch into Mount Tamalpais State Park. View a map of Muir Woods and the surrounding area. All of these hikes have vistas of ancient redwoods, the world’s tallest living objects.

Hiking Trail at Muir Woods
Hiking Trail. Picture Credit: Ravindra Joisa

Also read: Canyon Trail – River Place Nature Trail, Austin, TX

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