Last week I had the pleasure of having one of my favorite people here in Sacramento visiting. While Sacramento is awesome, having people over is a great excuse to explore different things in the area.
Before her arrival, I had asked her if there was anything that she really wanted to do. She explicitly said she wanted to see a/the redwoods. I promptly went online to see where we could find redwoods in the area. The first place I found was Redwoods National Park, which is home to the tallest trees on Earth, the Sequoia Sempervirens, also know as the Coast Redwoods. While the famous Giant Sequoias found in the Sierra Nevada are wider, the Coast Redwoods can be almost 100ft taller than the Sequoias. Not only the Coast Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, but they are also one of the oldest, as you can find trees as old as 1,200-1,800 years or more. The Coast Redwoods thrive in the environment they live, the high elevation and moisture coming from the ocean provide the perfect conditions for their growth. This is why you find them on the northern coast of California up to the southwest coast of Oregon.
Sadly, Redwood National Park is a bit far for a day trip; but lucky for us, there’s Muir Woods National Monument just 12 miles north of San Francisco. Named after John Muir, an advocate of preservation of wilderness in the late 19th century – early 20th century, Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is also where the Apes started their colony in the new Planet of the Apes movies. Speaking of movies, Muir Woods is wrongly said to be one of the locations where Endor, in The Return of the Jedi, was filmed. Honestly, you can tell it isn’t the location once you start exploring the many trails there – as no Ewoks were found after much effort!
Muir woods is a place of constant peace. Despite the many visitors, you can hear and feel the nature around you. I was incredibly stunned by the view of these enormous trees, and I could tell that everyone there was too. Once you arrive, you can understand John Muir’s words about this place:
This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world. – John Muir
But before you go there and enjoy all its beauty, here are some things you should bear in mind:
- Park Fees: The admission is $10.00 for adults, but children under 15 can enter for free.
- Parking: Practically non-existent. The flow of visitors surpasses its parking facilities, so if you’re not there early, or super lucky, you’ll probably park alongside the narrow road. Be careful with the many pedestrians and cyclists.
- Food: There is a small cafe as soon as you enter the park, but I strongly recommend planning for a picnic. There are several picnic spots along the many trails in the park. I’m a sucker for picnics as you may have noticed.
- Trails/Hiking: There are many trails in the park leading you to different parts of the woods. You will find many maps along the main trail that are quite helpful. My friend and I took the Fern Creek Trail which goes along Fern Creek, then the Lost Trail with its many steps, which led us to the Panoramic Trail with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. On our way back, we took the Redwood Trail.
All in all, I feel so privileged to be living in this part of the world. I can’t wait for more people to come visit us, so I can go back there and explore new trails in the Muir Woods National Monument.
Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed reading about these types of trees and woods as much as I enjoyed writing about them. I would love to know if you have ever been to Muir Woods, or if there’s some sort of forest or park like this close to where you live. You can tell me all about it in the comment section bellow. See you all next time!