Tips & Recommendations

Looking for some of the tallest trees in the world.

Our 4th of July celebration this year had an unexpected, unplanned but impressive visit to Muir Woods National Monument.

About 45 minutes north of San Francisco, you can find Muir Woods National Monument, home of some of the tallest redwoods in the world.

The park is open 365 days a year. Opening as early as 8am and closing anywhere from 5 -8pm depending on the season.

Adults 16 years and older pay a fee of $10. Anyone younger that 16, enter free. If you live in the area, I recommend buying the Muir Woods Annual Pass for $40. This pass is valid for a year and allows you to bring 3 guests every visit.

NPS photo by Frank Morse.

If you are planning to drive your own vehicle, be aware that there is parking lot adjacent to the main entrance, but spaces are limited. During the summer, you can take the Muir Woods Shuttle. 

Muir Woods gets its name from naturalist  John Muir, an environmentalist who helped establish the National Park System in the United Stated, although the property was first bought and later donated by Congressman William Kent and his wife.

Muir Woods National Monument contains 6 miles of trails. There is a 1/2 hour loop, a 1 hour loop, and a 1 1/2 hour loop as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding Mount Tamalpais State Park.

The majority of the trees found here are between 500 to 800 years old, but the oldest tree is said to be 1200 years old.

Some of the tallest redwoods found here are 358ft tall.

Although there is no cellphone reception, don’t forget to bring your phone or camera to take plenty of photos and videos.

So next time you are in the Bay Area or plan to get away from the hectic daily activity, allow yourselves to get in touch with nature and enjoy a nice walk through Muir Woods.

Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941