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Hillside Loop

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 4.7 (40) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy a loop around the world’s most visited redwood park under towering old growth Coastal Redwoods


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2.5

Miles

3.9

KM

Loop

315' 96 m

High

136' 42 m

Low

255' 78 m

Up

255' 78 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The boardwalk makes for easy access, and there are plenty of benches to sit and rest upon. This trail features great accessibility for those needing wheels of some type.

Overview

Visiting Muir Woods National Monument is on most every list for visitors of the San Francisco Bay Area. As iconic as the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods is an incredible assemblage of old growth Coastal Redwood trees, which have become increasingly rare. This incredible monument is so close to such a large urban area that you won't want to miss it! Go early, parking fills up fast!

Description

From the visitors center, head out on the Redwood Creek Trail. This route along the valley floor is flat and mostly on a boardwalk, which makes the stroll through the Old Growth Stand easy on the legs. The ease of travel enables visitors to take their time gazing up into the incredible canopy of the Redwoods.

The most scenic section of the monument is located beyond Bridge 3. The Redwoods are at their densest here, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy these incredible giants. Continue on up beyond Bridge 4 over towards the Hillside Trail to loop back. This is a small climb that gives one a bird's eye view into the branches of a redwood tree and down onto the valley floor.

Flora & Fauna

A unique stand of old growth Coastal Redwoods.

History & Background

Named after John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and profound environmentalist.

Contacts

Shared By:

Phil DiGirolamo

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  4.7 from 40 votes

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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
Muir Woods
Jul 28, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tall trees
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Muir Woods Canopy View Trail
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Sunlight filtering in the redwoods.
Sep 15, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA

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