"Daytrip to Muir Woods" Muir Woods Tip by Dabs
Muir Woods, San Francisco: 38 reviews and 77 photos
There are a variety of options for getting to Muir Woods, you can join a guided morning or afternoon tour with several different operators, there is a public bus option that runs during certain times of the year or you can do like we did and rent a car.
We got an early start and arrived at the park around 9am, we grabbed one of the last parking spots in the small lot next to the entrance, I believe there was more parking but I understand it fills up very quickly especially on the weekends. I'd highly recommend going early in the day, the park opens at 8am, but bring warm clothes as it was very chilly that early in the day. The woods were very peaceful when we started off on the 1 1/2 hour loop and when we got finished the woods were filled with loud people, their voices echoing through the majestic redwoods. We didn't see any of the redwoods that are so big that you can drive a car through them but there are some really impressively tall trees in the woods.
We saw the coolest thing along the trail, a couple of does scrambled up the hill right in front of us, followed by a couple of bucks and they sat in the trees, the females eating and the males watching us and them. One of the bucks was making this really strange snorting noise, we weren't sure if he was trying to warn us off or trying to get rid of his competitor. And at the end of the trail we saw a baby deer oblivious to all the tourists snapping her photo, we were just a few feet away from her.
A large portion of the 1 1/2 hour loop was accessible to all but once we got on the hillside trail it was not but it certainly wasn't a strenuous hike and the 1 1/2 hour time estimate is generous. There are lots of other longer trails in the park that do involve more climbing but we wanted to see some other things in the area.
Address: Mill Valley, Marin County
Directions: Muir Woods is located 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/ Stinson Beach Exit. Follow the signs to Muir Woods. Roads to the park are steep and winding.
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