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 »
Things To Do
NPS photos by Ranger Lou Sian
Welcome Back Salmon is Postponed
Welcome Back Salmon is an afternoon event that is held each year after completion of a phase of the Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach. Project staff, visitors, and residents meet on the beach where Redwood Creek enters the ocean to observe the traditional salmon blessing by the Coast Miwok of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The Coast Miwok are the original inhabitants of the Redwood Creek Watershed. This is a family-oriented event with storytelling, traditional arts deomonstration and art activities. Contact Ranger Lou Sian, e-mail us or call (415)388-2596.
In the morning before the salmon blessing, volunteers work in the project area, weeding and planting native plants. For details, contact Naomi LeBeau, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach is a multi-year, multi-agency supported project of the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Restoration construction began in 2009, occuring in the summer months. The restoration project will restore the natural creek and floodplain function of the mouth of the Redwood Creek Watershed. Among many things, the project will improve habitat for endangered coho salmon, improve the visitor's experience or the national park site, and improve the conveyance of water and sediment to the ocean.
Muir Woods Events for December 2013 through January 2014
Schedule of Events - A link to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's calendar of events and programs held throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods. The Parks Conservancy is a park partner.
MUIR WOODS Programs
Open every day, including holidays, between 8 AM and sunset. Muir Beach and Muir Beach Overlook are open from 9 AM to one hour after sunset. All programs meet at the Visitor Center and entrance fee applies unless otherwise indicated. Pick up a seasonal Park Adventures brochure at the Visitor Center for listings of special programs.
Phone the Muir Woods Hotline at 388-2595 for program information and updates on hours, seasonal news, trail conditions and program details. Also, follow us on Twitter @MuirWoodsNPS.
Ongoing Daily Programs
Besides taking in a talk or tour, there are other ways to enhance your experience at the park. Muir Woods offers two self-guided programs that may be purchased for $1 each at the Visitor Center or the self-serve map box at Bridge 2. The Nature Trail Self-Guide and Watershed Hiking map takes you on a redwood ecology walk on the Main Trail from Bridge 2 through Cathedral Grove. Follow the numbered (1-10) posts that correspond with the numbered sections in the map.
The Muir Woods Historic Walking Tour map takes you from the Visitor Center to Bridge 4 and back. There are no numbered posts to follow. The historic walking tour highlights the ancient redwoods, scenic trails, gathering places, rustic structures, and memorials that weave stories of people and nature.
Linger at the beautiful wayside signs throughout the park and learn about redwood ecology and cultural history of Muir Woods. Families with children enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger or Redwood Discovery: Muir Woods Quest programs. See the For Kids section of this web site.
Did You Know?
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...