As part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument provides a sanctuary for one of the last remaining stands of old growth redwoods on the planet. Most of these redwoods are between 600-800 years old, with the oldest dating back at least 1,200 years.
Often shrouded in costal marine layer fog, these towering trees – the tallest standing at a whopping 258 feet – provide a home for a plethora of flora and an incredible diversity of wildlife. Hikers may see swarms of ladybugs, the endangered northern spotted owls, bobcats, mountain lions, river otters, bright yellow banana slugs, and more. Redwood Creek, which runs through the park, also hosts Coho (Silver) salmon, Steelhead salmon, and other fish as well.
These woods also have a rich cultural history as well, from use by the Coast Miwok people, the development of tourism through the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad, to conservation and modern preservation.