All Trails at Muir Woods are Open. Green Gulch Trail at Muir Beach to Close
The Green Gulch Trail from Kaasi Road will be closed for restoration construction on the weekdays from 7 AM - 4:30 PM beginning early August through October 2014. Full trail access will be available during evening hours and weekends. Signs will be posted. More »
7 Ranger's Tips on How to Experience Muir Woods Safely This Summer or How to Find Parking
Summer is the busiest for Muir Woods. Parking is limited. Often visitors find shoulder parking and walk on the narrow road to the Visitor Center. Read the ranger's tips on the Best Times to Visit Muir Woods. On weekends & holidays, take Muir Woods Shuttle More »
Ride the Muir Woods Shuttle. Summer is the busiest time for Muir Woods. Parking limited.
Muir Woods is experiencing high numbers of visitors. Summer traffic and unsafe parking behaviors are adding stress to visitors and residents. Expect delays on Hwy 1 as people drive to and from Muir Woods and local beaches. Read 7 Ranger's Tips on Parking. More »
Muir Beach is OPEN but Muir Beach Overlook closed until August 1, 2014.
Muir Beach is open but the Muir Beach Overlook is closed for construction until August 1, 2014. Muir Beach is open to the public every day, including holidays at 9 AM and closes one hour after sunset.
Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach
Muir Beach Is Open
Muir Beach is located three miles downstream of Muir Woods National Monument. The Muir Beach parking lot was closed in the summer through winter months of 2013 for restoration construction, but is now open.
Get restoration project updates by calling (415) 561-3054.
Partners in Restoration for Endangered Species
Bank armoring, a small bridge on Pacific Way, a levee, the parking lot and other structures combine to separate the creek from its floodplain. The creek and floodplain connection is vital in responding naturally to the weather, topography, and tidal influences.
A Phased Approach to Restoring a Degraded Creek System
NPS photo by Ranger Lou Sian
For the past 100 years, agriculture, logging, trails and roads-building increased erosion and degraded the creek and floodplain system at the creek mouth, Flooding in low-lying areas occurred frequently. In addition, endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout were exposed to predators and the elements and had few places to shelter, transform, and bulk up for their oceanic journey.The threatened California red-legged frog had all but disappeared from where they've occurred historically. .
A Healthier Ecosystem
The Redwood Creek Restoration project will build complexity to the creek and floodplain system by removing obstacles to flow, expanding the lagoon and floodplain, restoring wetlands, re-aligning and enlarging the creek channel and adding side channels, back channels, and ponds. These additional features will increase the capacity of the creek to transport sediment and water, and reduce flooding at higher elevations of the floodplain.
Creek and Floodplain Restoration and Climate Change
NPS photos by Ranger Lou Sian
Incorporating Cultural Values, Stewardship and Collaboration
Welcome Back Salmon has been postponed, the date to be determined. Join us for Welcome Back Salmon at Muir Woods National Monument when the Coast Miwoks, the original inhabitants of the Redwood Creek Watershed, give their blessing for the coho salmon run. Contact Ranger Lou Sian, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415)388-2596.
Volunteer in habitat restoration before the ceremony, 9:30-Noon! Contact Naomi Lebeau with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, email@example.com.
For project updates, call (415)561-3052 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to hear a podcast about the Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach.
Key Contributors (alphabetical)
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.