Muir Woods National Monument

 

When we travel, it is important to us to visit places that connect us with the local nature and environment of the area. It is so good and healthy to enjoy the sun, Earth, and to really get a true sense of the history of the land. There is nothing like a hike among forests that brings true joy to the soul.

One of the most peaceful and delightful places you can visit near the Bay Area is Muir Woods. You totally get lost in the ages of their beauty (some of the redwoods are on average 600-800 years old and have grown over 200 feet.) The oldest tree in the monument is estimated to be at least 1200 years old. There is this deep appreciation of these trees that have stood the test of time. It is as if you have been whisked away in this natural fairy land filled with magic, love, and wisdom. At least that is how I felt walking through the forest. The reason why these trees can reach magnificent heights is due to the temperate weather conditions near the California coast.

Of course, I have to tell you a little about the namesake of this place John Muir. He actually originally worked on mechanical inventions, but due to an industrial incident, he left this profession to write, develop scientific theories, and promote conservation and preservation of land. He had a large part in the establishment of Yosemite National Park, and the Sequoia National Park as well. As a founder of the Sierra Club, he was able to write in this publication about the environmental issues that were true to his heart. He even influenced President Theodore Roosevelt in his conservation efforts. With all of his contributions to the environment, it is fitting that the redwood monument is named after John Muir himself.

When we were walking through the forests, the path was very easy to follow, and it was not too arduous of a hike. There are some hills but overall I think this path should be fairly easy to navigate. They also do have a cute gift shop and restrooms on the site by the entrance that you should check out as well!

Make sure that you review the resources below for more travel and historical information. I highly recommend this as a must see on your travel list. My husband and I really liked this stop, and it is a fun hike! Also remember to click that subscribe button. Let me know in the comments if you have gone to Muir Woods and what your experience was like there too! I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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-For Additional Reading

If you are traveling to California and enjoy exploring nature scenery, I highly recommend the book “California Hiking.” This spectacular guide reviews so many hiking areas throughout the entire state and provides details on how easy the paths are to navigate, whether you need a permit, which user groups (if dogs, horses, or biking is allowed), contact information, and directions as well. My favorite part of this book is the “Best Hikes” section that reviews coastal and beach hikes, bird watching areas, desert hikes, regions to see amazing autumn colors, self-guided nature walks, meadow hikes, short backpack trips, and so much more! 

My personal copy of “California Hiking”

This is such a great resource if you are traveling to California and enjoy the outdoors and hiking adventures.  I only recommend books or products if I use them myself, and I hope that you will find great value in them as well. If you would like to learn more click on the link below!

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If you would like to check out the full list of travel books that I recommend make sure that you check out this comprehensive guide!

Travel Books I Recommend

-Additional Related Articles

https://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm

https://www.visitcalifornia.com/

https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Muir

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For generations, my family has lived in the Philadelphia area, and my writing reflects these influences. This blog explores perspectives on life, encouragement, travel, health, and local living.

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