gem icon Cathedral Grove

Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Hike
Trail

Description

In a monument known for the presence of spectacular trees, one might think that it would be difficult to highlight one group of trees over others. The Cathedral Grove, however, is regarded as the most pristine grove of Redwoods in the park, making it a necessary stop for visitors.

Cathedral Grove is located along the Hillside Trail, and tends to be a bit less crowded than the Bohemian Grove, located closer to the visitor center. Though the tallest trees in the National Monument are located within Bohemian Grove, the trees preserved here are no less majestic or grand. Take a few moments to appreciate each individual tree, and to consider the vast amount of history that these trees have outlived. Many of the trees within Muir Woods are between 600 and 800 years old, and the oldest tree in the monument is a staggering 1,200 years of age! Though these trees seem old on a human scale, they’re really only entering middle age. Coastal Redwoods can live to be 2,200 years old if left in peace.

Visitors in search of a peaceful retreat will find just what they’re looking for in this grove. The paved trail allows visitors to look around and above without fear of obstacles, and the shaded area is tranquil and quiet. Ferns, nurse logs, and seedlings can be seen in the area, making regeneration visible to all. No trip to Muir Woods is complete without visiting this incredible spot.

Difficulty: Short Walk

Access: A short hike along the Hillside Trail will bring visitors to the heart of this grove.

Family Friendly: The skewed perspective and immense size of the trees will capture imaginations.

0 Comments

Rate Gem


   Clear

4.3 from 4 votes


Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Nov 18, 2016
Richard Blackburn
Nov 17, 2016
Hilary Wind
Sep 10, 2016
Chelsi Tryon
Aug 13, 2016
Nabila Sheikh
Jul 4, 2016
Alina Pechacek
Jul 2, 2016
Frances Parmelee
Jul 2, 2016
Mafo Ibarra
God's cathedral. Truly amazing.
Jun 17, 2016
Diana Mayberry
It's worth the hike up the trail. We saw 7 inch salmon along the path in the clear creek water. Breathtaking!

Nearby Trails

2.5 mi 3.9 km
Hillside Loop
Tamalpais Valley, CA
2.5 mi 3.9 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
8 days ago
1.8 mi 2.8 km
Point Pinole
Pinole, CA
1.8 mi 2.8 km Pinole, CA
Unknown
Update
4.5 mi 7.3 km
Panoramic Loop
Tamalpais Valley, CA
4.5 mi 7.3 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
All Clear
Update
82 days ago
Mill Valley, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Mill Valley, CA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
9 days ago
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
4.1 mi 6.7 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Unknown
Update
Tiburon, CA
4.3 mi 6.9 km Tiburon, CA
Unknown
Update
1.3 mi 2.1 km
Park Blvd. Trail
San Francisco, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
Update
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.5 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
Update
0.3 mi 0.4 km
Mile Rock Trail
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
Update
San Francisco, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
Update
Shared by Mikhaila Redovian on May 18, 2016. All Page Views: 54. Last Month: 12.