Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Monument is just a short hop over the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods is on the tour bus circuit, and is often a redwood Disneyland. But on a rainy season weekday between rainstorms, you almost have the place to yourself.

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Bohemian Grove, Muir Woods photo

Bohemian Grove

The Bohemian Grove is at the south end of the park. The Bohemian Club camped here in the summer of 1892, and built a 70 foot Buddha for the occasion. That's long gone but the trees remain.

Moss and Ferns, Muir Woods photo

Moss and Ferns

Ferns thrive in the shady under-story, and moss carpets many of the trees (but never the redwoods).

Old Growth Redwood, Muir Woods photo

Old Growth Redwood

Fire Scarred Redwoods, Muir Woods photo

Fire Scarred Redwoods

This fire on the Ben Johnson trail occurred many years ago, but the scars are still evident. Periodic fires benefit the redwoods at the expense of less fire tolerant trees. Fires used to be natural; now the park service has to set them from time to time

Douglas Fir, Muir Woods photo

Douglas Fir

Douglas Firs share the forest with the redwoods, especially higher up the slopes.

Leaning Snag, Muir Woods photo

Leaning Snag

Moss, Muir Woods photo


Dark Forest, Muir Woods photo

Dark Forest

Redwoods effectively block 90% of the light falling on them; in large groves they cast a dark spell. They also muffle noise, adding to the ambiance.

Redwoods, Muir Woods photo


Fallen Giant, Muir Woods photo

Fallen Giant

The giants that fall usually succumb to windthrow. Fallen redwoods can take decades just to decompose -- it takes longer for a redwood to rot than many trees live!

Big Tree, Muir Woods photo

Big Tree

The slender but sturdy proportions of redwoods make them look as big and tall as they are. The redwoods in Muir Woods top out at 250 feet. This is quite tall but falls shorts of the largest redwoods, which exceed 350 feet.