Exploring the Coastal Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

“From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.”

We finally got to see the redwood forest from the Woody Guthrie song! If you’re visiting the San Francisco area, you should not miss visiting the coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. I’m from East Texas, with big, beautiful pine trees, but these redwoods put them to shame. They are tall, lush, and just beautiful. Ferns cover the ground to make a magical looking forest floor. Jonathan kept asking if the trees are real because they’re so impressive!

We rented a car and drove about 45 minutes from SF through the curvy, hilly roads along the coast to get to Muir Woods. There are lots of tour busses that can take you, but we already had a car from our time exploring Napa Valley. Admission is $10 for adults, and their hours vary but are 8 am-8 pm during most of the year. We arrived midday and spent 2-3 hours walking around and exploring. The main path is a smooth, wooden boardwalk. We saw several older visitors and people in wheelchairs. There are tons of hiking trails that veer off from the main boardwalk that you can explore (and we did!). Even though we went in June, and it was pretty chilly. I had a medium weight North Face jacket to keep me warm in the woods, and it was perfect for exploring.

LL Bean rucksack (similar) // North Face jacket (similar) // striped top (similar) // shoes

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