I’ve lived less than an hour away from San Francisco my entire life, yet I’d never been to Muir Woods before. A local not taking advantage of the sights? I know it’s a shocker.
So recently, my family and I decided to visit as a little “staycation,” and it was SO worth it.
Word of warning- getting there late in the day is not recommended since we spent about 2.5 hours stuck in the car just trying to get through the SF traffic. So if you’re really on top of things, I’d suggest getting to the park around 7:30 or 8 am since parking fills up fast.
Once we were inside the park though, it was beautiful! We started off with the Canopy View Trail, which wound up and up. The incline wasn’t too bad but be careful and dodge all the roots growing out of the path! I liked this one since it was a dirt trail, as opposed to paved or wooden planks.
We turned back after a bit and walked on the main trail afterwards. That was packed with more people, but it was still lovely. I also enjoyed hearing other people’s accents and trying to guess where they were visiting from.
If you’re ever in the area or live nearby and haven’t gone, I highly recommend it. I would suggest taking the Canopy Trail since it’s less populated and more peaceful than the main trail.
Bonus: we got to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to get there, which never gets old 🙂