Today I spent the afternoon discovering Muir Woods National Monument, a redwood forest preserve located in Mill Valley, California.
In 1908 Theodore Roosevelt declared Muir Woods a national monument. Many of the trees are over 1,000 years old. For over 100 years these trees have been protected and trails have been established so that the public can enjoy their majesty.
It’s hard to not be moved while walking the trails. As you look up at the ancient and towering trees, one feels a sense of reverence in the presence of such natural beauty. In fact, there’s a section called Cathedral Grove where you are asked to be quiet to respect the inhabitants of the forest, as to not interrupt their environment.
The trails can be challenging with steep inclines and descents. Along the trail there are root systems and rocks that make the trails even more challenging.
The trail I took today was 4-5 miles of what mostly felt like up. There’s lots of up in this park. And the down is pretty strenuous too. Thigh Master has nothing over Muir Woods.
Muir Woods is the perfect place to explore for young and old alike. You can choose a simple walk through the Muir Woods, or you can take one of the more challenging trails. Either way, it’s a not to be missed California natural attraction that will certainly be inspiring for anyone who visits.
Muir Woods is an easy drive from San Francisco. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 15 years of age and under. For more information on Muir Woods National Monument, you can check out their website.