Have you dreamed of seeing the big, beautiful redwood trees that California is famous for? If you live in San Francisco, it’s just a quick trip! Muir Woods National Monument is a short drive (only 10 miles) from the city and is the perfect day trip. Grab your walking shoes and get ready to explore some of the most beautiful natural spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Tips for Exploring Muir Woods
Preparing for a trip to Muir Woods
Muir Woods is open every day of the year from 8am to sunset. The ticket to enter is $10.
Make sure that you have the following for your trip:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Warm clothes (and layers: in the sun, it can be warm; in the shade of the trees, it can be cool).
- A water bottle
- The $10 entrance fee
Before you go to Muir Woods, you might want to read about the hikes and trails. This handout explains your hiking options. (If you’re not familiar with vocabulary related to hiking, read our article about Hiking in the Bay Area and learn some useful vocabulary!)
Getting to Muir Woods
IEC@DVC organizes trips to Muir Woods: check with the Front Desk or the Activities Coordinator for more information! If you’d like to go on your own, the Muir Woods Shuttle Bus picks up in Sausalito next to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also drive (although there are not many parking spaces). Read the Muir Woods “How to Get Here” page for public transit information.
Exploring Muir Woods
Once you arrive, go on one of the beautiful hikes: the trails are clearly marked and are easy to follow. Visit the Muir Woods Hiking and Trails page for information and for maps. While hiking, enjoy being surrounded by the impressive trees and nature: it’s so quiet and peaceful! (It’s extra quiet because there is no cell phone service!)