Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

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Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument protects a pristine area of about 97 hectares (240 acres) of old-growth redwood forest. Walk among the giant trees, which are some of the tallest living things on the planet. You can choose from several trails, ranging in length and difficulty. For an easy hike through a grove of trees nearly a millennium old, take the short main trail loop. If you feel a little more adventurous, put on pair of good hiking shoes and take the 3 km (2 mi) trail to the top of "Cardiac Hill," which offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. To visit Muir Woods National Monument and other attractions in Mill Valley, use our Mill Valley trip planner .
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  • Incredibly beautiful woods. We spent ~3 hours hiking up Ben Johnson trail and back via the Dipsea. Stopped a lot to take pictures and also had a lunch break. Tree talk is really interesting, so make s...  more »
  • Now that parking has to be reserved in advance, Muir Woods is back to being a quiet place to walk & enjoy the beauty of the National Park. Redwood trees provide an atmosphere to delight during any kin...  more »
  • This was my first time in any of these forests and it was great. Very easy walking trails. It was raining the day we were there but we still had lots of fun.  more »
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  • How anyone could rate this place less than 5 stars I have no idea. There’s a lovely raised wooden platform for the flat stretch along the stream, but I enjoy the less traveled trails. Pro tip: make sure you buy your parking pass in advance online! They will not let you park there otherwise and you’ll have to drive 20 minutes away to take a shuttle. There’s no cell reception so if you take a ride share make sure to schedule a pick up BEFORE descending down the hill (where you lose service). Get there early to beat (most of) the crowds so you can enjoy the splendor of the ancient redwoods and make sure to catch some of the rangers’ educational talks on the wildlife!
  • Wow! This was a fantastic visit! I hadn't seen the giant redwood trees in about 30 years and seeing them again after such a long time was truly amazing. Standing below one of the trees and looking up is awe inspiring. If you haven't seen these trees in person, it's hard to describe how special the experience can be. It isn't always easy to find parking in the park, but it's worth whatever minor hassle you have to go through to visit this amazing park. Absolutely worth your time!!!!
  • Visited Muir Woods while out in California. This place is amazing. The red wood trees are huge! I have never seen trees so tall and large in my life! Me and my mother went off the main trails to hike up the some of the mountains. The views were amazing. If you love nature this is the place for you! Also, make sure you don't wear flip flops like I did.
  • I really enjoyed my time here at Muir Woods. It's tranquility and beauty marry up as you take the boardwalk through the tall redwoods. It's a must do in my opinion if you're visiting San Francisco. I used a tour company to make my trip here but I'm sure you can drive here. The only issue with this place is it is very popular during the summer months. Therefore they offer limited time in the forest. Make sure to time your trip accordingly!
  • Went in late July and the weather was very nice. Still worked up a good sweat though. When you first start they have a nice boardwalk that you can walk and see the forest but they have several paths that you can venture off on that aren't paved. If you take one of the other paths just make sure you dress accordingly. The Panoramic View is awesome but you have to work for it.
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