a visit to Muir Woods National Monument + Muir Beach – California

As you can imagine, even a kid-free vacation will warrant a few days of catch up, an extra one if your travels involve jet lag!  So we got home on Tuesday evening and it’s been a little crazy ever since! Lots of laundry, cleaning, extra snuggles for the littles and playing catch-up with my blog, hundreds of emails and the busiest season of the year with my stylist gig.

BUT I was able to carve out some time during naps today to get this post together because I really wanted to share with you more about our amazing time in San Francisco! I already posted about my visit to Stitch Fix, which was amazing. After a morning in the SF Headquarters we headed out to Muir Woods!

muirMuir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on Mount Tamalpais near the Pacific coast, in southwestern Marin County, California. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco. It protects 554 acres of which 240 acres are old growth coast redwood forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.beauty

Since we had plans first thing in the morning on Friday we didn’t get to Muir Woods until lunchtime and that was a mistake. We should have gone straight to the National Monument, but we stopped for lunch at this cute little place called Joe’s Tacos {which was awesome} and that delayed us further. By the time we got to the park, the lines were out of control, there was no parking and we had to drive around a bit and walk a long way to the actual park, which was a bit of a bummer. BUT it all worked out and we still got to spend almost 2 hours walking around the forest, enjoying the massive trees.

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Everyone is freaking out about the trees being so huge and I’m over here like, look at all this clover! Ha.

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But seriously, the trees are massive. They are large and super tall. The forest is gorgeous and well cared for. As I mentioned above, we spent a few hours walking various trails through the park. Everything was easy to walk on and I wouldn’t really call it hiking because there were clear paths that were easy to walk on, or push a stroller.

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Did I mention the trees are huge, check out this one – insideGroup shot –
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And let’s chat about how tall they get! SO TALL!  The tallest tree in the Muir Woods is 258 feet tall. The trees come from a seed no bigger than that of a tomato and most of the redwoods in the monument are between 500 and 800 years old, the oldest is at least 1,200 years old.

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We had a great time at Muir Woods and if you are in the area or planning a trip, I HIGHLY recommend working this into your itinerary! Such a beautiful spot and only about 30-40 minutes outside of San Francisco.
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We rented a car for the day to get to Muir Woods and on our way home decided to take the scenic route and see where it took us. This was just about at the same time the fog rolled in – it was really beautiful to see how the scenery and views changed so fast! The fog was still very beautiful though!

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A few miles away from Muir Woods we decided to take a pit stop at Muir Beach and see the ocean!

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What’s Up Pacific Ocean?!

This was my first time seeing the PO up close and personal!

pacificWe had some fun checking out the beach and the ocean and then decided to make our way UP { way UP!} to the top of the Overlook.

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This walk up to the top of the Overlook was no joke. Way more challenging than walking in Muir Woods – partially because none of us wore proper footwear. BUT we carried on, stopping for photo ops along the way!

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The Muir Beach Overlook has views of Pacific oceanside cliffs and on clear days you can see San Francisco – if we had been a few hours earlier, we might have gotten better views, but as you can see, it was all sorts of foggy at the top, but still a great place to stop and take some pictures if you are in the area.

Fun Fact: You can also view migrating blue whales between November and June.view-up Seriously, California is beautiful and I’m currently obsessed with San Francisco. Contemplating why we live on the East Coast when the weather is SO amazing here.

Stay tuned for the rest of our travels in upcoming posts!

Have you been to Muir Woods or is it on your list to go? Would love to know what you think!

beahc

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  • Reply Patty O November 18, 2016 at 6:49 am

    So jealous – a dream of mine has always been to take the Route along the coast in California and see the beautiful scenery. Been in San Fran but didn’t see the forests! Gorgeous photos – thanks for sharing!

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