While runners converge only once each year in June for the annual Dipsea Run that goes through Muir Woods National Monument north of San Francisco in Mill Valley, tourists have already begun making their mad dash into the redwood forest. The popular national park includes a stand of tall coastal redwoods, fantastic trails, and spectacular Muir Woods Overlook that is perched high above the Pacific Ocean.
Muir Woods north of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Park was nearly lost when a lumber company sought to destroy the wilderness and occupy the space. Thanks to a donation of the land for preservation, the couple that saved the park (and redwood trees) requested that it be name after John Muir, known for his conservation efforts.
The overlook point is comprised of a parking lot, restrooms, picnic tables, and the famous lookout point. While parking to access hiking trails is gated and fees are charged, the Overlook parking is free, first come first serve.
A Summer Shuttle ride takes visitors into Muir Woods on summer weekends and holidays (marintransit.org)
Hours till Daylight Savings subject to change: Park closes at 8 pm. The Visitor Center closes at 7:30 pm. Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Stinson Beach close at 9 pm.
Beginning mid-September Park closes at 7 pm. The Visitor Center closes at 6:30 pm. Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Stinson Beach close at 8 pm.