The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that... more » escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists.
Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in this park grow up to 250ft tall and 14 feet wide) but it also means the area frequently attracts large crowds, bus tours and overflowing parking lots.
Our hillside loop trail offers a great way to visit Muir Woods National Monument and avoid many of the crowds, before returning along a scenic route over Mt. Tamalpais State Park that most visitors don't get to see.
One additional benefit along this trail is the chance to spend a little time at the Tourist Club. In the past we've had little trouble as non-members enjoying a drink here, but here's what it says on the club's website:
"The Tourist Club is a private facility for the use of its members, however the Tourist Club welcomes guests for our Festivals, held annually in May, July, and September, and occasional activities and events, which are posted on our calendar."
• 1,200ft (from 140 - 1,000ft)
• You don't have to be a member of the Tourist Club to enjoy the facilities, but you do have negotiate around a minefield of members-only event days which are listed on their website (link provided below).
• This route does not enter Muir Woods by the main entrance, so if you plan to enjoy the full Muir Woods experience, then please remember to pay a fee as you exit the park.
• During the rainy season (November to May) a trail can occasionally be closed for maintenance. Check with the rangers.
• Consider extending your day with the 2 mile long Redwood Creek loop in the heart of Muir Woods National Monument. less «