John Muir National Monument


John Muir National Monument

John Muir National Monument is located just 12 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County. Experience an old growth coastal redwood forest with a hike through these majestic redwoods.

You’ll love this beautiful park with its amazing trees. Start with the half-mile loop as you enter the park. There’s also a one-hour and a 90 minute loop.

If you’d like to enjoy some solitude, take a longer hike for some uncrowded time in this beautiful forest. Longer hikes connect with Mt. Tamalpais State Park trails.Information on these hikes is available at the Visitors Center.

redwood forest

Muir Woods was declared a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. It’s a unique setting.

Coastal Redwoods only exist along a narrow stretch of coastline from northern California and into southern Oregon. The redwoods strive in this cool, moist climate.

Many animals live in this redwood forest. The park is home to deer, chipmunks, banana slugs, bobcats, skunks, snakes, racoons, coyotes, fish, birds, otters, and many more wildlife.

hiking trail

Bring your camera as you will be impressed by the trees and the views. An day in the forest is awe-inspiring.

Along with the Visitors Center, the park has a cafe where you can enjoy a meal and bathrooms are available as well.

Finding a space in the parking lot can be a challenge; especially on summer weekends. Marin Transit offers a shuttle during the summer months.

Wine Tasting in Marin County

Madrigal Family Winery

Madrigal Family Winery

Madrigal Family Winery[/caption]There are a number of small, family owned wineries produce great wines in Marin County. They’re fun to visit for wine tastings. Many of them you will need to call ahead for an appointment. These wineries specialize in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir due to the cool climate in this area. However, other wines are also produced.

John Muir National Monument – Contact Information

John Muir – National Park Service
Address: 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: (415) 388-2595

Directions from San Francisco to John Muir National Monument:
Take Hwy. 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Exit at Hwy. 1/Stinson Beach.
Drive about 1/2 mile to the stoplight. Turn right.
Drive about 2.7 miles to the top of the hill. Turn right toward Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left toward Muir Woods.
Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The Muir Woods parking lot will be on your right.

Have you been to John Muir National Monument? If you have, please take a moment to tell us about your experience. We would love to hear what you think about the John Muir Redwoods.


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A ‘hidden gem’ in my opinion. So close to SF yet you feel as though you are in a remote corner of the world. Great place to hike and afterwards drop down to Sausalito for a nice lunch