The enchanting Muir Woods in sunny California. Yeah, I refer to them as “enchanting” because this is the essential substance for fairy tales for sure. Places as wonderful as these truly provide the ideal set for anything spectacular. It had been a long time since I had stepped into a truly grandiose forest as Muir Woods. I absolutely love San Francisco. So, to have such an enormously beautiful natural place close by, simply makes everything just excel.
It took me about 30 minutes to get from San Francisco to the Muir Woods entrance. The whole trajectory all the way to the main entrance was very enjoyable. There is a low entrance fee charge to access the forest. It is highly common to observe people of all ages enter the forest with a big smile on their faces.
Understanding Muir Woods
It is important to denote that Muir woods is one of the last remaining ancient coast redwood forests. In case you not yet know, redwoods are one of the tallest living things, and oh wow, they are so amusing. Normally, trees that typically live longer than 250 years as redwoods, tend to be biologically complex and ecologically stable. The name Muir comes from recognized environmentalist John Muir whom dedicated much of his life as an advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the Untied States.
Inside Muir Woods, diverse animals roam about, and also, plants. Amongst them, expect to find:
- Young salamanders
- Coho Salmon fingerlings
- Scarlet monkeyflowers
- Violet-green swallows
- Tiger-swallow tails
- Yearling trouts
There is a very nice creek called Redwood creek which is one of the few free-flowing creeks on the Pacific Coast that still provides a suitable habitat for animals like coho salmon and steelhead trout. This is largely due to the cold, clear and well oxygenated water. Full sunlight rarely touches the ground at times on majorly dense forests as Muir Woods. However, shade-loving plants like moss, ferns and lichen actually thrive in large proportions in this kind of habitat. As an extra special aspect, the forest normally gets covered in a marine layer fog due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
The forest itself has several walkways to discover through many miles. Different paths converge and diverge into other paths which eventually extend into outer sections of the forest. Trails can lead into hikes that could extend for more than 5 miles one way. Moreover, visitors are encouraged to do picnics on certain sections in and out of the forest. Personally, I believe that these practices engage you into very healthy and wholesome experiences that fill you up as a being.
All in all, this beautiful forest belonging to Mt Tamalpais, with over 240 acres of land, is something special to behold. With rainy winters and very dry summers, it is evident that Muir Woods created an ideal ambient for the inherent flora and fauna. Banana slugs, spider webs and plants of distinct kinds amount to a wonderful walk all throughout. It is honestly a nice place to spend a day at.
If you decide to visit and opt to cover the long routes, bring a snack or two and picnic yourself out. As always, I also encourage a prepared mind for enjoyment, appropriate hiking gear and a camera to stack up memories galore from this place. Coming in alone is a worthwhile experience, but sharing the moments is an additional specialty to consider! Enjoy this place dearly, enjoy it strongly.