Visit the Muir/Strentzel Home or Hike

The John Muir National Historic Site is comprised of both the 9 acres of the main home site and over 300 acres for Mount Wanda, which is located across highway 4. To view map details of the John Muir NHS, you may use the interactive map on this page. You may also use any online map search to find visual directions to our site. Additionally, we have hiking trail maps that can be viewed in the visitor center.

John Muir National Historic Site
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553
A trail winds through hills lined with grass. Trees are in the background.
Mount Wanda Trail meanders through natural landscape. Hills and trees are seen in the distance.

Luther Bailey, NPS.

Mount Wanda Hiking and Exploring

Just looking for a nice hike or saunter along a beautiful nature trail?

Named after his eldest daughter, Mount Wanda is 326 acres of oak woods and grasslands. The Muir family never used it for fruit production, but as an escape for the daughters to take nature walks with “Papa”.

Explore the hills where John Muir hiked with his two daughters, Wanda and Helen. Mount Wanda is open daily sunrise to sunset. Please come prepared, as no water or toilet facilities are available. Pets are permitted on a leash. Bicycles and horses are allowed on fire roads only. To access Mount Wanda, travel ¼ mile south from the visitor center on Alhambra Avenue to the trail head parking lot next to Franklin Canyon Road.

What do I need to know?

Mount Wanda is not really a mountain, but a set of hills. While it is generally not a streneous hike, there is a lengthy incline at the beginning of the trail. There are a few path options as you get to the upper area, which you can see on the entrance kiosk sign. A nice hike can last around 1-2.5 hours and make you feel like you've had a good workout. However, many folks enjoy a nice, relaxed saunter, if that is your speed.

The trail entrance is not at the main park grounds but about a block down the street. Please check out our map section for directions. Due to traffic and safety, you should not attempt to walk to the trail entrance from the park visitor center.

Tips for Hiking on Mount Wanda

1. Take bottled water with you on your hike.
2. Do not leave any trash behind.
3. There are no restrooms on the trails, so go before you hike.
4. Wear Sunscreen.
5. Keep pets on a leash!
6. Take you cell phone for emergencies (and maybe a few good photos!).


Enjoy Your Park Responsibly


For more information on park trails or the John Muir NHS:
Phone: 925-228-8860

Trail Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Dog Walking

All pets must be on leash. Owners must clean up after pets.


Horses are allowed on fire roads.


There are no restrooms on Mount Wanda. However, there are restrooms at the John Muir NHS.


Bicycles and E-Bikes are allowed on fire roads only.


There are no water facilities on Mount Wanda.


No camping is allowed

  • No smoking, fires or fireworks are permitted.

  • Remain on trails to avoid poison oak, and ticks.

  • Carry out what you carry in; leave nothing but footprints.

  • Do not harrass animals or remove plants from the site.

Last updated: April 18, 2024

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4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553


925 228-8860

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