“This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” – John Muir
Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation.
Muir Woods, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is also a park which caters to pedestrians. Parking of vehicles is only allowed at the very entrance. Hiking trails vary in the level of difficulty and distance. Picnicking, camping and pets are not permitted.
The county and the National Park Service plan to introduce a reservation system that by 2017 will restrict the number of vehicles allowed to enter and park in Muir Woods every day, with parking subsequently being reduced and ultimately eliminated altogether by 2022.
Hiking peak times is from April to October. Whether you prefer crowds or the peace and quiet (might be chilly though), you can plan around the peak time.
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