Muir Woods National
Visitors Center (415) 388-2595
Woods (which is part of the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area)
offers 560 acres of gorgeous redwood
forest, featuring trees that stand more
than 240 feet tall and that are more than
1,000 years old. If you like to hike, we
strongly recommend a visit: there are
numerous trails -- some are paved,
although most are merely footpaths worn
through the forest. There is even a
wheelchair-accessible loop trail.
In addition to being home to
one of the Bay Area's last stands of old
growth redwoods, Muir Woods is rich with
other wildlife, including ferns, flowers,
lichens, deer, chipmunks, birds and
Be sure to stop at the
Visitors Center for a comprehensive trail
guide, before you set out on your hike.
Rangers at the Visitors Center will be
able to inform you about any current
events or conditions you should be aware
of. For example, there has been a recent
increase in mountain lion sightings: the
rangers will explain what you should do
if you meet one of these "big
cats." They will also help you
identify stinging nettles and poison oak,
which, if you touch them, could leave you
with a nasty rash.
Muir Woods is open daily
(year-round) from 8:30 AM to sunset. Note
that picnicking, camping, smoking and
pets (except, of course, seeing-eye dogs)
are all prohibited. For more information,
visit the Muir Woods web site.
To reach Muir
Woods, take the Golden Gate Bridge to
Highway 1 to Stinson Beach/Highway 1.
Muir Woods is about 12 miles north of the
Golden Gate Bridge. Note that the roads
within the park are steep and winding,
and that vehicles longer than 35 feet are
not permitted to drive through.
If You Enjoyed Muir
The John Muir National
Historic Site, another national park
nearby, may also interest you. This park
is located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in
Martinez, and is open Wednesday through
Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Call 510-228-8860
for more information.