A walk in the Muir Woods

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

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The Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco in Marin County contain one of the few remaining old-growth stands of Redwood in the Bay Area. The woods are interlaced with multiple trails looping back and forth, providing an excellent chance to see this once abundant ecosystem in detail so close to the city.

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While exploring the area, one notices that the woods are often shrouded in a thick layer of marine fog, which drifts in from the nearby Pacific. The delicate ecosystem relies upon this fog once the drier summer arrives and the trees make good use of the water droplets that collect on their needles.

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The dense growth and intense fogs also produce a spooky aura not often felt in the forests further south. As you hike along the meandering paths and climb up and down the ridges, at times you seem to be engulfed by the intense moisture.

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The great multitude of trails available in the park open up many options. If you wish to extend your hike a bit, you can easily head west towards the coast for some breathtaking views and a change in landscape. As the ocean starts to appear, the trees begin to thin and eventually a scrubby coastal plain dominates, which provides extensive viewing of the surrounding area, including San Francisco in the distance.

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19 thoughts on “A walk in the Muir Woods

  1. Loving your photography, John! But I had to comment and tell you that I especially love this post–really beautiful work! I appreciate the well-written captions, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I spent some years as a tour guide in San Francisco and the Bay Area and one of my favorite tours was Mount Tam and Muir Woods,

    You have done an incredible job of bringing these places to life on your blog,

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog

    1. Thank you for your kind words. That area really is beautiful and I hope to get to spend more time around there someday. Your work is awesome and I especially like your cover photo-such a unique shot!

  3. Gorgeous pictures of Muir Woods! Thanks for stopping by our blog and checking out the pics my daughters took while we were in the Bay Area this winter. Now I wish we had managed to fit in visiting the Woods…. your photographs make the redwoods look absolutely magical.

    1. Thanks for taking a look! Yeah the area is pretty nice, but was more difficult to reach and get back to the city without a car than we would have liked. But I guess that’s all part of the adventure eh?

  4. I felt both a sense of relaxation from feeling like I was there and longing to actually be there! I love the woods anywhere but those are magnificent woods clearly! Thank you for sharing the experience.
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