• Visitors from all over the world come to explore the tranquility, beauty, and nature sounds of Muir Woods National Monument.

    Muir Woods

    National Monument California

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  • 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.

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WOODS NEWS

On the night of June 9, 2011, a large redwood tree fell across the Main Trail at the far end of Cathedral Grove. The redwood tree, full of burls, snapped at the trunk, fell across Redwood Creek, busted asphalt, and sank into the bed of the Main Trail. The trail crew cut the log, repaired the damaged asphalt, and moved the log section to the side of the trail so that visitors may see it. The work was done with a minimum of disturbance to the endangered northern spotted owl which may be nesting in the area. The Main Trail to Fern Creek and Camp Alice Eastwood trails is now open.

We don’t know why the redwood fell or the age of the tree, yet. A redwood tree expert from the University of California, Berkeley, will come to study the tree, soon, and add to the growing body of redwood scholarship.

The park has a new log in the creek and another snag, adding to the complexity of the old growth redwood forest. Snags provide important habitat for nesting birds and bats, shelter from predators and adverse weather, and aerial freshwater catchments for plants and animals. In time, the snag will be covered in moss, ferns, other plants, and fungi – a boon for birds, redwood snails, salamanders, banana slugs, chipmunks, and fox.

Large woody debris from fallen trees divert and concentrate freshwater in ways that shape and sculpt the creek channel. Water flowing under the log scours the creek bed into deep, cool pools in which salmon fingerlings can escape mortality from summer heat waves. In winter when adult salmon return from the ocean, they often use these scour pools and deep channels in their migration to spawning grounds upstream.

Did You Know?

Planting native plants in Muir Woods National Monument.

Between October 2006 to September 2007, volunteers put in 2,223 hours restoring the plant communities of Muir Woods and Redwood Creek. That’s an average of approximately 43 hours/ week of volunteer service! More...