Muir Woods and Muir Beach

Golden Gate Bridge

Today we will cross the Golden Gate Bridge to go for a hike in Muir Woods.

2010-01-03 Foggy, highs in the 50’s
2010-02-28 Mostly sunny, highs in the 60’s
2010-07-17 Foggy, highs in the 60’s

Everything here is very green and very wet, due to the fog that sweeps these mountains.

Your lungs will thank you for coming here. Oh what an awesome smell!

You do have to pay an admission fee, but it’s well worth it.

It’s amazing not only how large these redwoods get, but how long they live.



It’s so wet here from the fog that ferns grow right on the trees.

Even when the fog lifts it won’t be sunny in here.

Not much light gets down to the forest floor.

I wonder if these make you big or small? I think these are Hygrocybe coccinea Scarlet hood Scarlet waxcap mushrooms, and if so are edible.

Banana Slug

I found my first banana slug here.

Golden Waxy Cap Mushroom - Hygrophorus flavescens

Hey I’m told these are edible.

the board walk

There is a board walk there, which is great because this place is so wet all the time.

But there are also trails that go off of this board walk that are on the bare earth. Bring the appropriate shoes.

Muir Beach

Muir Beach

From Muir Woods we traveled down Muir Woods Road. At a certain point that will run into a stop sign, that will run into RTE 1. We went STRAIGHT for a very short bit, then turned right onto Pacific Way. The beach parking is at the end of this little road.

This is a great little beach.

The ocean is so deep here that it does not smell.


Sea Enemies

If you walk to the left on the beach you will find cool tide pools.


Only crazy people swim in the frigid cold pacific ocean. Even the surfers wear wetsuits.


Plus they found out later the ocean was pack full of these this day.

Hog Rock

There is also a rock that looks just like a hog.

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One Response to Muir Woods and Muir Beach

  1. brthomas says:

    You did a nice job on photography of things large and small!! I’ve enjoyed a few hiking trips to Muir Woods National Monument. Its a real Redwood Forest Cathedral at Muir Woods. I’ve never been down to Muir Beach, but next time I go there I’ll have to go down and check out that great looking beach.

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