Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument
4.5
National ParksNature & Wildlife AreasForests
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this coastal redwood preserve features majestic redwoods and scenic hiking trails that draw more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
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  • Emptynester
    Niles, Illinois20 contributions
    Easy short hike for those that have difficulty with terrain or incline
    Very peaceful and refreshing to walk through this woods of some of the tallest trees on the planet. Definitely need a reservation for parking, and know where you are going as there is no cell service around the park. Once in the park the path to bridge three and the loop around for that (1 mile total) was easily accomplished by someone using a cane. To Bridge 4 (the rest of the group) reported stairs and steep incline for more physically fit individuals. We made the mistake of going on a school holiday and there were lots of families with little children that clearly did not want to be there so the experience was not as quiet as we were hoping but we still enjoyed the day.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Martha H
    27 contributions
    Gorgeous trees. Highly recommend it.
    Gorgeous! Easy walking trails. There was a longer three mile trail that we skipped due to the amount of mud. There was even a wedding while we were there. I hope to come back in the future. Highly recommend
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Chris-D7878
    Spruce Grove, Canada405 contributions
    Great visit good to see the preservation
    This was our second visit in 10 years and it’s great to see the park being maintained and upgraded throughout the years. Did know what to think of some of the literature on the trails pointing out the negative history of the people or things that were done or said at the time. Hard to persecute people for what was normal for them at that time in history. Over all. Always love a walk through these giant trees and humbled on their age.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2023
  • magviajemas
    Los Angeles, California469 contributions
    Simply Amazing
    It was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco. We were surrounded with red wood trees with the stream nearby as we walked on different trails. It was perfect for all ages - but it is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Vist the website to book the time slot you prefer. We went on a Sunday and parked there for $9. Admission is $15 per person. You can also leave your car at a parking lot near the freeway exit and take their shuttle to the park. Restrooms are available by the shuttle line area and inside next to the gift shop.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Reslimpan
    Rayong, Thailand3,093 contributions
    Magnificent
    This redwood forest is one of the closest ones to San Francisco. Beautiful ride to and from the forest, crossing the Golden State Bridge. The forest as such is magnificent. For the short tour we did, it was a very easy walk. There are longer and more challenging hikes for those who have more time than we did.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2023
  • BobiTychynskiShimoda
    Oakville, Canada339 contributions
    Great place!
    Loved Muir Woods! We did the canopy trail, lost trail, fern creek trail, and then back on theredwood trail and it was about 2.5 hours with lots of stops for water and bird watching. You need to pre-book parking. There was no limit to how long we stayed to hike though. For those who want a “walk” rather than a “hike” that option is there on the redwood trail.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • davecamb
    Cambridge, United Kingdom111 contributions
    Magnificent redwoods
    This is a wonderful place and one of the most accessible locations to see redwoods. The setting is lovely and in a few hours of relatively easy hiking you can see most of Muir Woods. The one warning is to book parking in advance. Given how convenient it is to SF, there are lots of daytrippers and I think you should aim to book at least 48 hours in advance. Since the parking was full we needed to Uber in and out from the nearest town (Mill Valley), which was a slight hassle a bit more expensive but easily doable and well worth it if you need to.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Marc L
    Richardson, Texas9 contributions
    A magical place
    A bit of a challenge to get here and you must reserve parking well in advance, but once you walk into the woods, just a magical place to visit. Enjoyed the peace, quiet, clean air that you could almost taste. It was spiritual in some ways. I really appreciated the nice boarded walk ways which made my walk through the woods easy for this older adult.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • ToroFarm
    California220 contributions
    A tranquil and leisurely walk
    Reserved parking for a weekday one day in advance. Arrived before noon to avoid the crowd and your buses. The free bro hire contained all the basic information we required. We hiked up a slope for about 20 minutes and turned around to come back down and to continue on the boarded walkway. The air was fresh but not cold in June. A light jacket was sufficient. The signage along the path explained about the history and wildlife. People came with strollers and wheelchairs. It was a lovely and leisurely stroll. There is also a souvenir shop with a small cafe. Highly recommend this experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • snowski824
    Greenville, South Carolina25 contributions
    Loved this area
    We loved Muir Woods! Be aware, you need to secure a timed parking pass in advance. We walked through the bottom path and then came back via Fern trail>Lost Trail>Panoramic Trail>Canopy view Trail. The bottom walk is easily accessible to all people. The hike was a good workout with beautiful views.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
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Albert
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The woods themselves are majestic. We tried some of the hiking trails that go around the valley, but the highlight really is the wood grove.
Written February 18, 2024
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Kevin V
Lincoln, NE144 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Walking here never disappoints! Seeing the majesty of these amazing trees and other growth and hearing the gentle sound of the stream just puts one at peace,
Written February 18, 2024
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KultureKat
15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Muir Woods is a majestic place. There is even a section called Cathedral Grove, and it absolutely is. The pictures and video just can't do it justice. It is a place that you must see for yourself, and experience the magic. Feeling like a fairy floating through the woods, with the sun peeping through. I could have spent all day there just reading, writing and dreaming.

Pros:
- Bathrooms and a cafe on site
- Not too far of a walk/hike
- Wheelchair accessible
- So beautiful!

Cons:
- I went with a tour group for the day. I was told parking passes can fill up quickly.
- On a rainy day, or post-rain, you'd get extra wet from the trees. So bring umbrella or raincoat.
- It was flat and wooden walkway most of the time, but there are some mud spots. Don't wear your best shoes. :)
Written January 29, 2024
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Anotherinnerwestie
17 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Only for Americans.

They do not accept international credit cards or cash for car park reservations and you can’t park without a reservation.

They claim it is temporary (try again next week - so might need to cancel a flight!) but they make absolutely no attempt to work around (eg if you can demonstrate you attempted to reserve then accept cash at car park etc for those guests who can prove this… esp as it is winter and there is plenty of availability!! Instead we got poor service and a too bad we couldn’t give a stuff attitude)

Longer term they need to get with the 21st century and accept other forms of payment (PayPal/applepay/googlepay)

So despite planning a stopover in San Fran and hiring a car to see these trees - we won’t be - all because they are stuck in the 19th century for technology and service!!
Written January 23, 2024
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S J Oliver
New Zealand14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Amazing place to visit, an absolute must do for anyone visiting San Francisco. The tours are a great way to get out here if you don’t have your own car and definitely worth it.
Written January 14, 2024
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Shafaet A
Singapore, Singapore155 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
Incredible trees. I was always fascinated by these giant trees, and it was a great experience to see them in this park. The atmosphere and air feel so tranquil here. If you are visiting golden gate bridge, add this in your plan.

Don't forget to book your parking ticket online. There is no mobile internet in the parking area and I had to drive down to the beach to book it. Apparently the time slot doesn't matter much, I booked a late time slot but was able to park in the afternoon.
Written December 26, 2023
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Alexander K
Saint Clair Shores, MI2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I went, and although it was better than Zion National Park, it wasn't good either. It was just boring and stressful; I took a shortcut and I almost fell 9 times. I'm glad I didn't get hurt, but I walked about 7 miles, and my legs hurt.
Written December 12, 2023
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Kor M
Brisbane, Australia195 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Great way to see redwoods close to San Francisco. The site has multiple trails so you can spend as much or as little time as you like, just a taste or half a day. Make sure you buy your parking permit online before you arrive (we bought ours on our way there).
Written December 11, 2023
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DayTrip78767
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
I have been mountaineering, hiking, walking and photographing nature for 45 years. I have noticed a gradual disrespect, by people, for nature over the years. My wife and I had the worst nature experience at Muir Woods. The staff were great and knowledgeable. A third of the visitors were rude and loud. There are signs, in English only, to please respect the quiet, which are ignored. John Muir would be horrified. We do not intend to revisit, which is sad, for it is a beautiful place that has lost its wonder.
Written December 9, 2023
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FarAway31153820890
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
We went to Muir Woods while visiting family for Thanksgiving. Our family had seen the more recent "Planet of the Apes" films and our goal and objective was to photograph the park's extensive collection of chimps, apes and orangutans. However, we could not locate any and did not even see "Cesar" or James Franco. Nonetheless, the park has extensive trails and the Redwoods are magnificent. Just wish our children got to meet Cesar.
Written November 22, 2023
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