Muir Woods National Monument

Don't be scared to walk alone don't be scared to like it

John Mayer

The park is just 45 minutes drive from Berkeley and 12 miles (19 km) at north from San Francisco. It's a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It's located in southwestern Marin County.

On January 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the land a National Monument, the first to be created from land donated by William Kent (a private individual). The original suggested name of the monument was the Kent Monument but Kent insisted the monument be named after naturalist John Muir, whose environmental campaigns helped to establish the National Park system.

The forest filled with redwood trees has something magical. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the forest is regularly shrouded in a coastal marine layer fog, contributing to a wet environment that encourages vigorous plant growth.



Muir woods is a wonderful place for getting lost and taking a time-out from everyday life. The trails are boadwalked you can go with a stroller too, but trails on the canyon walls are dirt, narrow, steep, and rutted with tree roots.

Parking can be a challange, we arrived at 9 AM of a saturday morning, all parkings were full. We parked along the road. To avoid this problem you should arrive early, carpool or take the shuttle

Trails list
  • The Sun Trail (4.7 miles)
  • The Ben Johnson Trail (5.2 miles)
  • The Bohemian Grove Trail (2 miles)
  • Dipsea and Steep Ravine (3.9 miles)
  • Lost Trail ...

What you need to Know:

Pets, bicycles, smoking, horseback riding and camping are not permitted.

The Entrance fees is $10.00-Adult (16 years of age and older) Free-Children (15 years of age and under)

Cell phones don't work in the park ;)

Muir Woods National Monument California
Muir Woods National Monument California
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