Muir Woods National Monument - Hike near Mill Valley, California
Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA,Mill Valley,California
37.8953689, -122.5780709
1.9 miles W of Mill Valley, California
Address: Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
GPS: 37°53'43.3"N 122°34'41.1"W
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State: California

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There are several suggested hikes on the main trail leaving from the visitors center. The longest, a loop, is about 2 miles. It is the only one that leaves the boardwalk. It has some elevation gain. The others areally flat, with a boardwalk taking you to trees with signs explaining their significance. There is a lot of information posted around to inform curious minds, as well as some guided tours and programs from children. There are several other trails leaving or passing through this area, for those looking for a longer hike.

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From Mill Valley, California

  1. Head west on Sunnyside Ave toward E Blithedale Ave (131 ft)
  2. Turn right onto E Blithedale Ave (335 ft)
  3. Turn left onto Throckmorton Ave (0.1 mi)
  4. Turn right to stay on Throckmorton Ave (0.2 mi)
  5. Turn left onto Ethel Ave (0.1 mi)
  6. Sharp right onto Wildomar St (0.2 mi)
  7. Turn left onto Molino Ave (230 ft)
  8. Turn right onto Wildomar St (0.1 mi)
  9. Turn right onto Edgewood Ave (0.5 mi)
  10. Turn left onto Sequoia Valley Rd (0.7 mi)
  11. Slight right onto Muir Woods Rd (1.5 mi)
  12. Turn right (381 ft)
  13. Turn right (308 ft)

Parking is limited, so carpool if possible or be early.

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4/8/17 1:42 am 10/5/16
These trees are spectacular. We went on a Wednesday morning and there weren't a lot of people. It was a little chilly but just perfect with a jacket. It doesn't get too much sunlight with that kind of a canopy though. I was impressed with the reverent feeling that was there in those woods. Much of the time, it felt off just to speak above a whisper.


3/15/17 11:43 am
We visited in October 2016. It was so beautiful! The ancient, massive trees were inspiring and calming and incredible! The boardwalk was nice. We walked the whole boardwalk and then took the loop Back Hill trail back. It was a pleasant 2 1/2 hours. Great for all people, regardless of skill level. Much of it was wheelchair accessible. It was cold in the shadows of the big trees, so take a jacket. I felt a majesty and reverence in those trees that is hard to find in many places. It was solemn and peaceful and happy.
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