Exploring Muir Woods in Marin County


Muir Woods is located in Marin County and is one of the oldest redwood preserves in the world. It is a great place to go for a peaceful walk in the forest, to have an event such as a wedding or party, or to go on a tree talk. No matter what you choose to do Muir Woods is a gorgeous place to do it.

Preparing For Your Hike

If you are looking for a peaceful hike through the forest with a friend or in solitude make sure you show up in the morning before ten or in the afternoon around four or five to avoid the rush. This will allow you more opportunities to spot wildlife and less opportunity to spot loud crowds. If you are having an event in Muir Woods make sure that you have the appropriate permits. Day trips cost $10 a person unless you are 16 years or younger in which case it is free. Tree talks are one hour guided tours that are offered by the park rangers and are a great way to learn about the redwoods and some of the histories that lie in their roots.

Depending on what your activity level is you may want to consider consulting a doctor before doing any strenuous activity that could be potentially harmful. Having said that there are 6 miles of trails in Muir Woods including some that are paved and some that are dirt trails.

There are three loops through the woods including a 1/2 mile trail, a 1-mile trail, and a 1 1/2 mile trail. There are also dirt trails through the canyon for those that prefer to look deeper into the forest. View a map here.

Event Permits​​​​​​​

There are a number of different events that could be held in the woods like weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, scattering of ashes to say goodbye to someone, athletic events, photography events and so on. The park has permits for each of these as well as many more! Make sure that if you are going to be holding an event at the park that you have taken the time to get the appropriate permissions so there are no surprises on the big day.

If you have children or you know someone who has children then you should consider helping them become junior rangers by downloading this activity book that is offered by Muir Woods to help them begin their learning experience through the forest. Once the activity book is complete it can be turned in at the information center at the park. The park will then issue the child a Junior Ranger Badge! This can be a confidence-building activity for children as well as a learning experience for everyone involved!

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