Muir Woods Shuttle to Operate on Select Holidays Only
First time ever, Muir Woods Shuttle, Marin Transit Route 66 will operate on Thanksgiving weekend November 28 - December 1, Winter Solstice December 21, and day after Christmas to New Years Day, December 26 - January 1. Click for fees, schedule, & stops More »
Muir Beach Closed (not Muir Woods) July 8th to Mid-December 2013
This alert applies to Muir Beach, and not Muir Woods. Muir Beach closed July 8th to mid-December 2013 for restoration/construction. No restrooms or parking available at Muir Beach during this period. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
Trail Work Ahead
We're taking the time to repair our trails. Please don't be surprised on the trail to find it might be closed. The Hillside Trail is open through the winter. The Ocean View Trail is closed for the winter. The Bootjack is closed at the Spur More »
100 Years Ago Today
MUIR WOODS CHRONOLOGY
November 1905 Botanist Alice Eastwood and friends toast Kent’s choice of name for Redwood Canon: MUIR WOODS at their Thanksgiving dinner among the redwoods.
December 2, 1907 Condemnation proceedings, for water rights, filed against Kents and their holdings in Redwood Canon. Proposal is to log trees and build dam at confluence of Fern Creek with Redwood Creek.
December 3, 1907 The Kents return from Hawaii, immediately wire Giffort Pinchot to express intent to save woods and clearly stating public value of keeping forest intact and open to people; Olmsted identifies Antiquities Act as possible means to save
December 10, 1907 Kent writes water company to express his view that saving woods may be a higher purpose than water rights. Also starts massive PR campaign
December 14, 1907 Promising news from Washington, D.C. Deed prepared to donate lands.
December 17, 1907 Olmsted visits and describes value of woods: 35 million board feet of lumber, $150,000
December 26, 1907 Olmsted’s Report received; deed for gift of 298 acres sent to Dept. of Interior
December 31, 1907 Secretary of Interior Garfield accepts deed through Antiquities Act
January 9, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt Proclaims the Gift a National Monument; note simplification of significance
January 22, 1908 Land office registers deed and confirmation received of official name, at William Kent’s request it will be Muir Woods National Monument
February 10, 1908 William Kent invites John Muir to speak with him at the Native Sons dinner in San Rafael, specifically about value of nature and importance of protecting the Mount Tamalpais Region
September 1908 John Muir Accepts William Kent’s invitation to visit Muir Woods NM (he had visited with Pinchot and sergeant in 1903, will visit again in 1909.
December 22, 1908 Condemnation suit finally dropped
Did You Know?
Redwood Creek is home to some of California’s last remaining native run of Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout. Every year after our first winter heavy rains the adult fish return from the Pacific Ocean to spawn.