Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

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July 07, 2013

Muir Woods, CA

Trails that wind through the gorgeous old stand of protected redwoods are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. 

(Use is not for bicycles)
 This is a fantastic day trip, or you can stay in bay area motels
and take in more coastal hikes and parks.
 Photos are allowed but photos or footage for business purposes require a permit.  There are interpretive signs and maps posted with mileage to help visitors choose their trails.

I enjoyed the visit through the Cathedral Woods, where you are asked to pass quietly and take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of this rare place, perhaps use it as a time to reflect and accept rejuvenation.  Wildlife does live there and with so much human activity, this is a chance to observe it with as little human noise and impact as possible.

This trail heads through the woods alongside this pleasant creek.  Due to this area's protected status, get something to keep from the gift shop.  It isn't legal to take anything from the woods here.  So many people come to experience old growth woods that leaving everything but footprints will keep the forest pristine for future visitors and you, too.
 

 There are miles of accessible trails from .5 to 2 miles in length for strollers and wheelchairs.  For hikers there are many more options of more difficult, longer trails.
 
 There is a gift shop with a small concessionaire for lunches, snacks and drinks.  Outdoor seating includes benches and decking.
 
 Gorgeous views of the bay.


 
 I will add some more photos this week.  I am just anxious to share a possible jaunt for you during the summer months.  The climate is coastal, moderate compared to the valleys, also moister, saltier air.
 
Driving: Many GPS devices will take you to places other than the parking or entry to Muir Woods National Monument, use coordinates:
Latitude: 37 degrees 53.519 minutes (North)
Longitude: 122 degrees 34.253 minutes (West).