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Muir Woods National Monument: Breathtaking Old-Growth Forest Near San Francisco

California is a state full of natural wonders including many state & national parks. See sites in San Francisco & many other areas visited.

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California Site of Interest

California is the third-largest state in the U.S. (after Alaska and Texas) but ranks as the most populous. It also has some of the highest and lowest areas of elevation in all of the United States. Known as "the Golden State," it is blessed with an over-abundance of natural beauty.

Sites that range from the pounding surf of the scenic Pacific coastline to lofty and majestic mountain ranges, stark desert landscapes, and fertile abundant farmlands... this merely scratches the surface when describing California.

Exciting human-made features and structures of historical interest dot the state from north to south. Fortunately, numerous state and national parks, as well as national monuments, have been set aside to preserve some of their stunning natural features for long into the future.

This article will focus on one pristine and exceptional site—the Muir Woods National Monument—a must-see for all visitors to this state.

Muir Woods

This portion of an ancient forest preserved as a national monument is located just to the north of San Francisco, a mere 16 miles away. As one passes the Golden Gate Bridge with the City of Sausalito on the right and the Golden Gate National Recreation area on your left, Muir Woods would be your next stop on the Marin Peninsula.

It is close enough in proximity for people who wish to escape the crowded city life of San Francisco to access quickly, whether it be for a few hours or a full day of relaxation in one of nature's most glorious of cathedrals.

Of course, long before San Francisco was settled, Native Americans known as the Coast Miwok people lived amidst these glorious ancient redwoods. They hunted and fished and gathered berries and other foods from the surrounding areas. Sadly, when the Europeans started settling in the nearby areas, diseases wiped out most of the resident Native Americans who had no immunity to these foreign maladies.

Old-Growth Forest

These amazing old-growth coastal redwoods are some of the tallest living things globally, reaching the ages of 1200 to 1800 years or more! There are some other parks in California, and some in Oregon also containing these magnificent redwood tree specimens.

Everywhere the redwoods are in view, they seemingly reach up towards the heavens, some of them getting up to 379 feet (115.5 meters) in height. Often one catches just glimpses of the sky between these monarchs of the forest.

The shafts of sunlight piercing those evergreen trees and shining down upon the ground covered with mosses, ferns, and mushrooms are beautiful. No human-made cathedral, no matter how lofty or how richly embellished, can match this type of glorious scenery provided by Mother Nature, in my opinion.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

— John Muir

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Redwoods

The scientific name of these coastal redwoods is Sequoia sempervirens. They have been able to live these long lives by human standards because of their thick bark rich with tannins, which resists damage from insects and fires. The bark on a full-grown tree can get to be up to twelve inches (30 cm) in thickness.

They survived nicely up until the logging industry was in full swing by the 1850s. Redwood was also resistant to decay, so this tree was in much demand for not only furniture but also outside uses such as railroad trestles.

I cannot even imagine the sound of what one of those towering beauties crashing to the forest floor would have been. It must have been thunderous!

Sadly before preservationists started getting active and saw the need to save these redwoods from destruction, almost 95% had been logged and clear cut.

Fallen trees are allowed to decompose naturally.

Fallen trees are allowed to decompose naturally.

Muir Woods National Monument

Fortunately, in this instance, we can thank the generosity of William and Elizabeth Kent, who had purchased many acres of land, which was a part of Redwood Canyon back in 1905. They decided to donate 298 acres of it to the Federal Government in December of 1907.

On January 9, 1908, it was declared a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt and became the tenth one in the U.S.

The National Park Service originated in 1916, and the management of Muir Woods was transferred to that department by the following year. A few years later, in 1921, Mr. Kent donated another 150 acres, which expanded the national monument.

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Civilian Conservations Corps (CCC)

Working for the CCC after the Great Depression, miles of paved trails were established with footbridges, picnic facilities, and boardwalks, among other things which enabled visitors to more readily enjoy this preserved sanctuary.

People who would have been jobless had something to do, and many such projects (like this one in Muir Woods) created lasting legacies for the enjoyment of places that they touched by way of their labor for long into the future.

John Muir

Interestingly enough, William Kent had never met the well-known wilderness preservationist John Muir when this national monument was given Muir’s name. John Muir had devoted a significant portion of his life to studying wild areas in nature and documenting facts about the intricacies of how everything in nature is intertwined and how important it is.

He was greatly honored by the accolade given to him when this newly created national monument bore his name. John Muir was a co-founder of the Sierra Club, and because of their influence after Muir’s death, his beloved Yosemite, where Muir had spent so much of his time, along with Sequoia, were both named national parks. He authored many books, and his biography is an interesting one to be sure!

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

— John Muir

Fitting Tribute for FDR

An interesting side note: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had spent some time with William Kent, who was active in influencing preservation efforts. Kent had gone on to be a member of Congress from California. One month after FDR's death in 1945, a ceremony was held in Muir Woods National Monument in the President's honor.

Nature's Cathedral

Walking through the quietude of Muir Woods is something that cannot adequately be described. It would be best if you experienced it to get the full effect.

Despite others being on the same path, most people feel a reverence for those towering living and breathing redwoods that have graced the earth for so long a time. Now that they are protected, they will continue to do so for long into the future.

Sounds become muted, and this is a place where one can genuinely let the cares of the day melt away while opening one’s mind and spirit into contemplating the more essential things in life and beyond.

My husband and some friends of ours from Dallas spent some time in the Muir Woods National Monument many years ago before heading on up into the wine country.

If you have never seen this national monument and are planning a trip to California, this is one of the great places to visit within that state.

Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.

— John Muir

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is lovely that you have gotten to enjoy the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument so many times.

My German friend and I visited ten national parks on a vacation trip one year and spent some time in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They are both beauties of nature.

You are fortunate that your father reveled in nature and took your family to many of these places in California.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 16, 2020:

Ah, Muir Woods! One of my favorite places. I've been there many times, both with my parents, and with my own kids.

I love it there; I love the redwoods.

(I'm not so crazy about driving the road that leads down to the canyon, however, and I can't imagine riding down that road in a tour bus!)

Best time to visit is NOT on a weekend, and probably not in the middle of summer. Too crowded; the parking lot fills up, and it's a mess of traffic.

Did you know that Sequoia National Park, which you also mentioned, is part of a two-park system, joined by one road? The other half of the pair is Kings Canyon National Park. I've been to both of them, as well. As a California native, with a father who loved the outdoors, there aren't many places of this nature in my state I haven't been. ;-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

Sites like Muir Woods are worth preserving and it is good that lands like this are set aside for the public. I know that you would enjoy visiting there should your travels ever take you to the San Francisco area.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 22, 2018:

A wonderful effort to preserve this beautiful, natural, national monument which I would love to visit given the opportunity. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Keep these on your bucket list and perhaps someday they can be crossed off as seen and enjoyed. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2013:

Hi Audrey (vocalcoach),

So very happy to include your well written article about Muir Woods as a link. It is such an enchanting place! Appreciate your votes and the pin.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 28, 2013:

Awesome photos of the old redwoods and sequoias. I would love to see them in person. Your great photos are the next best thing!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 28, 2013:

Hi Peggy - I'm back to thank you for adding my link to this marvelous tribute to Muir Woods. With so much written about this magical, beautiful place, you have managed to find a unique and very informative insight filled with interesting and historical background. Your photos are so magnificent and bring a personal feeling to the reader.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and pinning to my board.

Magnificent! ~ Audrey

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Am not surprised at all that streets have been named after John Muir. He was such an influential man with regard to preserving nature and setting aside public lands to be enjoyed by the masses. If we lived closer, we would definitely go back and spend more time in Muir Woods. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for the pin + share.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 14, 2013:

Fantastic hub packed with information and great photos as always. Going to pin this onto my "Travel" board for people who want to learn more about Mr. Muir and places named for him like the Muir woods -- I used to live on Muir St. in CA when I was there. An excellent destination to choose for a summer vacation. Will share again with my followers too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2013:

Hi Margaret (mperrottet),

If you have already seen the redwoods and sequoias in other areas of California...you already know how beautiful the Muir Woods National Monument is. It is another spot where nature reigns supreme! Thanks for the votes and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2013:

Hi Tim (tsmog),

Hope you get to visit Muir Woods National Monument someday and in the meantime thank you for the kind words regarding this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

The majesty of the redwoods is similar to the Sequoia trees. The redwoods are simply taller and the Sequoias more massive in width...but both are amazing and wondrous to see and experience. Glad that you enjoyed this hub with its photos and information. Appreciate your votes, the 5 star rating and your sharing of this hub. Thanks!

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 09, 2013:

What an excellent hub! I didn't get to see Muir Woods when I was in California, but we did get to see the giant trees in Sequoia, Yosemite and Redwood National Park. Next time I'm there I'll have to stop by. Voted up, useful and beautiful, and sharing. Well done!

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on February 09, 2013:

Oh my, I am floored with the both the depth of knowledge shared and the amazing imagery shared. Being a resident of California I have not seen this magnificent preservation, yet. Seeing the Sequoia I can only imagine. However what is shared here definitely brings it not home, yet offers a home for reader to visit near to a Sunday evening visit with close friends.

Thank you Peggy for this article. Both a reminder of neighbors where I live are awesome and history abounds with delight as I learned these near to poetic words sharing a majestic grace.

tim

C E Clark from North Texas on February 09, 2013:

Got to see the Sequoia's, but never saw the redwoods or Muir Woods when I lived in California just a few miles outside of Sacramento. I was pregnant at the time and not really up to a lot of travel. Your photos are great as always. So much interesting information here and we are all benefitting from your excursions! Voted up, BI, and sharing! Oh, and I gave you 5 more stars!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi vocalcoach,

I can fully understand why you say that the beauty of Muir Woods lingers in your memory bank. I feel the same. Will take a look at what you have written about it. Thanks for your comment, votes and the link.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 24, 2012:

Peggy - I love Muir Woods and have been there several times. It's beauty lingers in my memory bank. I, too wrote a hub about Muir Woods and have just done some editing on it. I am linking this hub and am happy to feature it. Voted up and across.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 27, 2012:

Hello iguidenetwork,

Most of our national parks and/or forests are managed that way. If a tree falls, it is let to rot naturally and decompose...thus nourishing the ground and other plants and fungus that feed off of it. Glad to know that you enjoyed this article about Muir Woods. Appreciate your comment.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 27, 2012:

Beautiful natural landscape. Yes, they should be allowed to grow they way they naturally do. All things great and beautiful such as these trees. Very informative hub, thanks for sharing. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Hi Randy,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this article about Muir Woods Old Growth forest so near to San Francisco. I agree that lands like these SHOULD be set aside for future generations to enjoy. Too bad about those old live oak trees that you mentioned being cut down. Good thing that at least a few survived being used as lumber for the ship building.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on August 26, 2012:

I envy anyone who gets to witness the beauty of these wonderful trees, and am so glad some people had the foresight to protect them for the future generations to enjoy. Unlike in this part of the world where the massive and majestic live oaks on the barrier islands were all destroyed to be used in building wooden ships during the colonial days.

There are still a few specimens almost 1000 years old around, but most are now gone. I hope to see the Sequoias someday, but until then I'll simple observe them through yours and others photos and articles. Enjoyed your efforts as usual.

SSSSS

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Hi Sherry,

Muir Woods is truly a special place in which to spend time. You are fortunate to be living in California where there are so many lovely places such as this one. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Hi Thomas,

Places like Muir Woods fill my soul with wonder and ecstasy. There is nothing as beautiful in my opinion as Mother Nature at her best. There is much beauty in California, as you know. Have you visited the numerous national parks there? You were fortunate to being able to live among the majestic redwoods for so long a time! Thanks for your comment.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on August 25, 2012:

This is a great, informative hub, and it's on one of my favorite subjects, places to see in California. Muir Woods is very special.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 25, 2012:

Peggy,

Before moving to the Bay Area, I went to college in Humboldt County and lived among the redwoods for five delightful years and missed them dearly after we moved south. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I located Muir Woods a mere 45 minutes from my new home in the East Bay and we spent many an hour there. They are truly rejuvenating for the soul.

Of all the many places you could have selected to highlight in California, I think it is absolutely awesome that you picked Muir Woods!

Thanks,

Thomas

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I am still having problems sharing hubs with HP followers. Appreciate your efforts on trying to share this hub about Muir Woods National Monument with others.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 24, 2012:

I'm going to try and share this Hub now.....I am determined!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2012:

Hi Mary,

So glad that you liked this hub well enough to share. Let me know what worked for you other than the HubPages followers button. It still is not working for me for some reason.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 24, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I just came back to say: I still can't share with the button on the Hub, but I think I know another way. I'm going to try that. Wish me luck. This is such a beautiful Hub, just got to share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2012:

Hello HouseBuyersUS,

Muir Woods is surely that!...a great place to visit, plus spend some time. It is one of nature's most beautiful of cathedrals. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2012:

Glad to hear that it is not just on my end. Made a note to share the hub of yours that I have left comments on. It needs to be shared!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

The site is freezing up and acting as weird as I've ever seen it so will be back tomorrow for share, comments and reading hubs!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2012:

Hi again Alastar,

Thank heavens that old growth forest was spared. Someday with luck perhaps I will get to see it. I love parks like that! Thanks for coming back to this Muir Woods hub and answering my question.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

That's exactly what I was thinking about the folks in SF being fortunate to have Muir Woods so close, Peggy. Joyce Kilmer is a State Park right below the Great Smokies with 400 year old giants the robber baron timber cos. missed due to their train bridge being washed-out in the early 20th century. Their loss was our magnificent gain.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Is the old growth forest named Joyce Kilmer in your area? I had not heard of it. Is it a state park or national monument? Old growth forests are really special places. The folks living in San Francisco are fortunate to have Muir Woods National Monument so nearby to them for a close escape into nature. Appreciate your comment and the share.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

Just hiked the old growth forest Joyce Kilmer and was reinvigorated so this is a perfect one to share, Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

You are fortunate to live in a place surrounded by so much natural beauty. Glad that you think I did justice to featuring Muir Woods in this hub. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Ruchira from United States on May 08, 2012:

awesome read peggy.

I live in this golden state and have visited these places but, still loved reading your informative hub with the beautiful pix.

voted up as awesome, and sharing it across!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

So nice to know that you have also seen the breathtakingly beautiful Muir Woods National Monument in your U.S. travels. You have seen some great places from what I have read in your hubs! You choose well in planning your RV trips! Thanks for your comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 03, 2012:

Another beautiful hub, Peggy! Muir woods is such a glorious place, and your article is a fitting tribute to the awe inspiring redwoods that grow there. You are so fortunate to have visited places like this several times in your travels. Although I only visited Muir Woods once, it is definitely a highlight of our travels in the U.S. Your photographs brought back some wonderful memories.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2012:

Hi David Warren,

I agree with you that the word "beautiful" hardly describes the feeling that Muir Woods National Monument evokes when one is in the middle of that forested setting. It is truly awe inspiring. Nice that you get to see those areas as often as you do. Thanks for your comment and votes and so glad that you liked the photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2012:

Hello Eliminate Cancer,

As you so aptly stated...visiting places like Muir Woods are good for the soul. Agreed! Thanks for your comment.

David Warren from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta on April 01, 2012:

Love the pictures! This was a phenomenally well written hub. I am very lucky to live just on the other side of the Sierra and enjoy the redwoods and the Marin headlands at least a few times each year. Thank you kindly for sharing this. Voted up and beautiful although "beautiful" doesn't even begin to express how amazing this area is.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2012:

Hello hectordang,

I have already visited Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks as well as Capitol Reef, Death Valley and also Joshua Tree National Park...all of them in parts of California. Have written hubs about them and would love spending more time in each of them again. I love natural areas such as Muir Woods and there is not a single national park that I have ever visited in which I did not come away amazed at its unique beauty. Thanks for your comment. You must like these type of places as well?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2012:

Hi John Sarkis,

I would have to agree with you that northern California is truly beautiful. Thanks for your comment on this Muir Woods National Monument hub.

Eliminate Cancer from Massachusetts on April 01, 2012:

I can't wait to visit!! I can almost smell the fresh air, and feel the tranquility from this hub!! We need more places like this on earth - so good for the soul!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2012:

Hi Jools99,

The two times that we have been fortunate enough to visit Muir Woods, we did not see deer but obviously with such a setting, there must be many of them that call that beautiful redwood forest home. You were lucky to see some baby deer playing in that gorgeous setting. Thanks for your comment.

hectordang from New York on March 31, 2012:

These are wonderful! If you go a bit south (close to Fresno), you'll hit up Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. Those are two places where you can get gorgeous pictures of nature as well!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on March 31, 2012:

Hi Peggy, this is a great hub.

I'm from Los Angeles and always tell friends and relatives that you need to see Northern Cal in order to truly appreciate California's beauty.

Take care and voted up

John

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2012:

Hello jaswinder64,

Glad to know that you appreciated reading and seeing the photos of Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on March 31, 2012:

Peggy, I have visited San Francisco 3 times - love the city and in 1988, I visited Muir Woods as part of a sightseeing tour of the area. We had a great time there, there were baby deer gamboling through the trees, that is the first time I had ever seen a deer up close, I still have a photo of it somewhere. Great hub, voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2012:

Hello postapolyptic,

Good to hear that you liked this posting about Muir Woods. You will really enjoy spending time with the magnificant redwoods if you make it back out that way. Hope you get the chance. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2012:

Hello mikeydcarroll67,

Nice to know that you enjoyed these photos of the beautiful Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2012:

Hi Judi,

As you say, Muir Woods should not be missed for anyone planning a trip to San Francisco. Thanks for your comment.

jaswinder64 from Toronto, Canada. on March 30, 2012:

Wonderful knowledge. Great Hub.

mikeydcarroll67 on March 30, 2012:

Pretty photos! I love them!

judio on March 29, 2012:

Definitely a place to visit on a trip to SFO.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hello cloverleaffarm,

Hopefully your wish list will come true and you will someday soon be sitting under those trees in Muir Woods doing your sketches. Thanks for your comment.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on March 28, 2012:

What a beautiful place. I have seen Muir Woods on TV, but this is one of the places that I have on my "places to go" list. I love nature, and it looks so peaceful there. I can imagine myself sitting under one of those beautiful trees, and drawing a sketch of the forest. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures,and story on Muir Woods. Have a great day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

So pleased to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Muir Woods National Monument. Your blog must be travel related? Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hello HowToLoveOne,

You are so fortunate to have been able to live so close to Muir Woods for so long a time. I can only imagine the wonderful hours you must have spent walking and hiking in that spectacular environment. Glad that you learned a bit about John Muir from this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 28, 2012:

Another wonderful hub Peggy! You are so lucky to get to travel and visit all these wonderful places. I am envious! I love your travel hubs! I am linking this one to a previous hub of yours that I put on my blog. You are going to be "my travel guide"! :) Have a wonderful day! :)

Joshua Pine from San Francisco on March 27, 2012:

I've lived in SF half my life and Muir Woods is by far my favorite Forrest in America. I didn't know all the background on John Muir... voted up for the awesome pictures!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

Muir Woods National Monument is such a beautiful and serene setting. I know you would love it! Thanks for your visit and comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 24, 2012:

I immediately fell in love with the giant redwood trees. Muir Woods National Monument appears to be a very serene place surrounded by many of natures treasures. FDR did a spectacular deed by approving the preservation of this beautiful forest. Interesing biography of John Muir. Great photos, information and videos of this wonderful vacation spot. Another wonderful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

Hi Rusti,

I love what I have seen of Oregon. Great state! What are the trees of mystery? I know that there are other redwood groves...even a national park in California. If you come back, please let me know. It sounds interesting. Thanks for leaving a comment on this Muir Woods National Monument hub. Hope that you visit it in person someday.

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on March 23, 2012:

I live in oregon.So, you know I'm a tree hugger. There's the trees of mystery in northern californa.The trees are amazing. Great hub,loved all the beautiful pictures you posted. I enjoyed this so much,we may just go there on one of our vacations.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

That second quote from John Muir that you are going to keep on your desk is a good one! Glad that I could show you some of Muir Woods and hope that you get to see it in person someday. Always nice seeing you commenting on my hubs!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Now you know to fit in a visit to Muir Woods National Monument the next time you visit your friends in Sonoma. Sonoma is another great place to see and visit as you well know...the town and valley both. Thanks for your comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 21, 2012:

Another amazing hub Peggy - you transport us to fabulous places!

I would love to see the wonderful redwoods -

The second quote by John Muir is absolutely beautiful, I am going to print it and put on my desk!

Thank you for this fabulous hub and voting up.

Best wishes Lesley

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 21, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub and it really makes me want to visit Muir Woods! I can't believe we've never been there. We have friends who live in Sonoma and have been all around the area, but never to Muir Woods. Thank you for sharing...I have bookmarked this for future reference.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

The redwoods in Muir Woods are so majestic and beautiful. Glad to be able to introduce them to you via this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 21, 2012:

I had never heard of Muir woods but now thanks to you I have.

Your hubs are always amazing and this one as good as any.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

If you like natural beauty such as can be found in Muir Woods, be sure and check out all of the national parks in California. They are fabulous! Glad that you liked this hub. Appreciate your comment and hope you get to the Golden State in the near future.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2012:

Hi Dolores,

Yes, we have President Roosevelt to thank for preserving this natural landmark, but we have the Kents to first thank for their generous donation of the land to the federal government in the first place. Many acres of land (many even in our national parks) have been preserved due to wealthy folks who saw fit to share what they had with others. Appreciate your comment and hope that you get to view Muir Woods in all its' majesty someday.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 20, 2012:

Somebody close asked me the other day if I had to choose one state that I hadn't been to before what would it be. They had an enigmatic-sly look on their face so maybe a surprise is coming soon. Anyway, after some thought Cali was the answer. There's nothing like an old growth forest to amble through and had no idea about Muir Woods Peggy. Your enchanting write and pics have now placed it on the must see list if indeed any excursion to the Golden State is in the cards.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 20, 2012:

Hi, Peggy - your pictures are beautiful. One of these days I must visit the big trees. What a fantastic place! Thank heavens President Theodore Roosevelt saw fit to preserve this valuable asset for our country.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hi Pat,

Nice to know that you have experienced the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument in person. It is an amazing place as you know. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hi Simone,

Muir Woods National Monument is such a wonderful spot on planet earth that it deserves to be given accolades. Ahh yes...I can almost remember the smells and wonderful feelings of being in that special place. Knowing the background just adds to the pleasure. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

I know that Muir Woods is a little closer to where you live than some of the other locations that I have written about...except of course, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver. Absolutely love that part of our country! Hope that you get to see the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hi Suzie ONeill,

Since I did not watch that movie you referenced, I cannot accurately answer your question. But since Muir Woods and an adjacent park is just north of San Francisco, I would suspect that you are correct. Thanks for your comment and vote.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

DO put Muir Woods on your list of places to visit...especially since you do not live that far away from that splendorous site. It is so gorgeous! Thanks for your comment.

Pat L. on March 19, 2012:

I've been to Muir Woods and was overwhelmed by all the tallest, thickest trees I had ever seen. The experience seemed surreal - just aware that these trees should be preserved at all costs; they are like mounuments to what is and what can be. Peggy, you chose a glorious part of California to write about to your readers. This part of California certainly would get my vote. P.L.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on March 19, 2012:

Hurrah! Muir Woods is one of my favorite places. I can almost smell the trees after reading your Hub and looking at the photos. Thanks for enlightening me on its interesting backstory!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 19, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub, Peggy. Muir Woods would be a great place to visit. Unlike some of the other places that you describe in your wonderful travel hubs, this is a place I might actually be able to visit! I drove down to the San Francisco area once and had a very enjoyable visit, but I didn't go to Muir Woods. Thanks to your hub, if I go to the area again I will make sure that I visit the Muir Woods National Monument.

Suzie ONeill from Lost in La La Land on March 19, 2012:

What a well written and informative hub! I'll definately have to visit the Muir Woods the next time I'm in the area.

I have one quick question. I recently watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." In the film, the apes flee San Francisco for a nearby forest. Based on the location and description, I suspect that it's the Muir Woods. Do you know if I'm correct? Just curious!

Voted up! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hello tlpoague,

Muir Woods is very peaceful as you pointed out. Glad that this hub brought back some happy memories of your visit to this wonderful national monument in the San Francisco area. Appreciate your comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 19, 2012:

Well, this is not too far from me, so I don't understand why I've never visited on my many trips to San Francisco. Sounds like a wonderful place that I need to schedule for next time. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hello JKenny,

It is an awesome feeling to be standing in the midst of those tall redwood giants who have stood there for so long a time. It is a feeling of reverence. Hope you get to experience it someday if you make plans to visit Muir Woods. Of course all the delights of exploring San Francisco will also be at your doorstep in that part of the world. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2012:

Hello HawaiiHeart,

Perhaps on your next trip you'll be able to fit in a visit to Muir Woods. You will never forget it! Thanks for your comment.

Tammy from USA on March 19, 2012:

I once visited this forest when I was younger and we were on a family trip. It was breathtaking! I felt I could live there forever. It is very peaceful and calming. Thank you for sharing this hub and your pictures. It brought back memories.

James Kenny from Birmingham, England on March 19, 2012:

What an enchanting place, to be able to see giant redwoods that have stood in the same place for thousands of years must have been awesome. If I ever visit America, then Muir Woods will definitely on my 'to see' list. Voted up etc.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on March 18, 2012:

I've been to Northern California so many times but have never been to Muir Woods...I've actually wanted to go several times but just never made it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2012:

Hi Paul,

If I had Muir Woods in my backyard so-to-speak, I would always take visitors there. Such a gorgeous place! You are fortunate to be living there. Thanks for your comment.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on March 18, 2012:

I love Muir Woods. The redwoods are incredible. We often take visitors to the bay area to spend a day there. Awesome Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2012:

Hello silverempiress,

I totally agree with you in that visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods is not only a highlight of visiting San Francisco, but a highlight for visiting places in California. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

The redwood trees are a national treasure. Nice that groves of them have been preserved for posterity. Sad to think that what has grown for thousands of years can be cut down in a moment for simply uses of lumber. Thank heavens areas of them have been preserved such as this Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

silverempiress from Pennsylvania on March 18, 2012:

Going to see the Muir Woods red woods was definitely a highlight of my trip to San Francisco. It's amazing to see how big the trees are up close.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 18, 2012:

"living in the jungle"....I had never heard about redwoods. But it's truly awesome to be preserved. Muir Woods National Monument is beautiful. I just saw like this one through my television. Thanks, Peggy for wonderful tour. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Take care and have a nice day!

Prasetio