One of the most peaceful and delightful spots you can walk through near the Bay Area is Muir Woods, and it is definitely worth a visit! You totally get lost in the ages of the beauty in this place (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.
The address for Muir Woods is 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, California 94941. If you are coming from San Francisco, it is located about 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are driving yourself they do require reservations for your vehicle, so that is something to keep in mind as well.
Also, before you travel to Muir Woods, it is important to know that there is not generally any cell phone service in the park, so I would recommend setting up transportation ahead of time. When we were there, we did notice that there were some people that were trying to get an Uber, and since they did not have cell reception, it was not possible for them (luckily there were other sweet travelers that day that helped them figure out a way home.) On our visit, we did take a tour bus, so luckily we did not have to worry about that, but it is definitely something to take note of.
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.
When you hike through Muir Woods, 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!
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