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14 mi 23 km of trail 3 Featured Hikes

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Muir Woods National Monument celebrates the best that the California Redwoods have to offer. Set aside in 1908 by William and Elizabeth Kent, the park was created to honor early conservationist, explorer, and mountain man John Muir. Delighted by the idea, Muir declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." Protected from development, the national monument is a beautiful and restful place to take in nature's diversity. Visitors to the park will be astounded by the gigantic redwoods and expansive forests of the park.

To learn more about Muir Woods National Monument, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Muir Woods Visitor Center and Muir Woods Trading Company Gift Shop and Cafe are open daily. Hours vary by day and season. Check the park's website to see the current hours of operation.

Muir Woods Visitor Center:
  • January-March: Open 8 am to 6 pm.
  • March-September: Open 8 am to 8 pm.
  • September-October: Open 8 am to 7 pm.
  • November-January: Open 8 am to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

Muir Woods National Monument is open 365 days a year from 8 am to sunset. Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Stinson Beach close one hour after Muir Woods. Visit the park's website for more information on current operating hours, conditions, and closures.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are no campsites in Muir Woods National Monument, but options exist in close proximity to the monument. Golden Gate National Recreation Area maintains four reservable campgrounds, and the Presidio of San Francisco also maintains one campground. Camping is also available in Kirby Cove Campground in the Marin Headlands.

Lodging:
There are no lodging facilities within the Muir Woods National Monument. Accommodations can be found in Golden Gate National Parks, and in the nearby towns outside of the park.

Food & Drink

Visitors can choose between two dining options in the park. The Muir Woods Trading Company is a concessionaire facility that serves snacks and meals throughout the day. The Trading Company is located in Mill Valley within the monument. The second option is the Siren Canteen & Cafe. This local eatery is located outside of the monument in Stinson Beach, nestled near the lifeguard tower.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Muir Woods National Monument offers ranger-led 15-minute talks and guided one-hour tours when staffing permits. Additionally, the park offers two self-guided programs that can be purchased at the visitor center. To learn more about these programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Shuttles:
The Muir Woods Shuttle is offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays during the summer only. Visitors can pay the shuttle fare and entrance fee at the visitor center. For more information, click here.

Other Activities

While small in size, the Muir Woods National Monument provides an excellent array of trails. There are trails for a variety of skill levels, ranging from paved paths that are wheelchair and stroller accessible, and more primitive trails leading into the canyon. As Muir Woods is surrounded by California State Park property, many trails that begin in the monument connect with park trails. These can be linked together to provide longer outings for those who wish to spend a full day in the woods. For those looking for other activities in the area, be sure to check out the many options for mountain biking in the Golden Gate National Recreation area and the awesome opportunities for rock climbing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download the official park map and guide to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Muir Woods National Monument - 2

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Cathedral Grove

(22) Mill Va…, CA
gem Favorite Muir Woods

Bohemian Grove

(15) Mill Va…, CA

Featured Hikes in Muir Woods National Monument - 3

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Favorite Muir Woods
Easy/Intermediate

Hillside Loop

2.5 mi 3.9 km • Loop • 255 ft Ascent 77.77 m Ascent

(32) Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite Looking down on the city from Mt. Tam.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Tamalpais from Muir Woods

8.7 mi 13.9 km • Out and Back • 2,416 ft Ascent 736.37 m Ascent

(21) Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite Boardwalk through giant trees
Easy/Intermediate

Panoramic Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 943 ft Ascent 287.4 m Ascent

(22) Tamalpa…, CA

Trails in Muir Woods National Monument - 10

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6.6 mi 10.6 km #1Dipsea Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mill Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
6.6 mi 10.6 km Mill Valley, CA 24 
0.4 mi 0.7 km #2Fern Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Mill Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.7 km Mill Valley, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Redwood Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Mill Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Mill Valley, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #4Bohemian Grove Trail
Easy
Mill Valley, CA
Easy
0.3 mi 0.4 km Mill Valley, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #5Canopy View Trail
Intermediate
Mill Valley, CA
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Mill Valley, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #6Redwood Creek Trail
Easy
Tamalpais Valley, CA
Easy
1.2 mi 1.9 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #7Ben Johnson Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mill Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Mill Valley, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Sun Trail
Easy
Mill Valley, CA
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Mill Valley, CA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #9Lost Trail
Difficult
Mill Valley, CA
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.4 km Mill Valley, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #10Hillside Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Mill Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Mill Valley, CA

Photos of Muir Woods National Monument - 29

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Boardwalk through giant trees
Dec 18, 2015 near Mill Va…, CA
Muir Woods
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Big trees are great all over in Muir Woods.
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Tall trees
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Muir Woods
Jul 28, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Muir Woods Canopy View Trail
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Sunlight filtering in the redwoods.
Sep 15, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Redwood Creek in Muir Woods.
May 17, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA

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