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“This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” John Muir

Muir Woods, California

Nestled in a cool, foggy canyon north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods is the world’s most famous grove of redwoods. These tall trees are a spectacular remnant of the vast redwood forests that once filled the hills surrounding San Francisco Bay.

Redwoods grow taller than any other tree species in the world. The average age of the redwoods in Muir Woods ranges from 400–800 years old, and many ancient specimens have been around for more than a millennium. The grove’s tallest tree stands more than 250 feet high.


Muir Woods is the only sizable stand of old-growth redwoods remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This species of evergreen is the tallest species of tree living in the world today. 

The sunlight peers through the trees as it casts it’s rays on unsuspecting branches and leaves providing a warmth and comfort to visitors from around the world. 

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9 thoughts on ““This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” John Muir

  1. Louise says:

    Beautiful. Again, you bring back memories of my childhood, traveling by car to California from Washington ever other summer or so. Perhaps my fondest memory was driving through the giant redwood at the Redwood National Park/Forest. I forget the name exactly. I couldn’t believe our car and it was no mini, drove right on through. Your photos are great! Thanks again for sharing. It would be fun to see the redwoods as an adult.

  2. Pit says:

    It clearly is a gorgeous park. I enjoyed my visit there [ & a lot.
    Best regards,

  3. Shana says:

    Truly amazing. It looks so serene and peaceful!

    1. Lesley says:

      It was a great way to spend the afternoon. Even the bus ride there was amazingly beautiful!

  4. CarolB says:

    Hoping to bring my boys here in the near future! Beautiful.

    1. Lesley says:

      If you make it there, I’d suggest taking the bus ride from the city. It is beautiful and worth not having to drive on the narrow roads.

  5. Allan Smorra says:

    You have really done a nice job of capturing Muir Woods in both words and photos. It is a favorite place of mine to escape the heat of summer or to go into Cathedral Grove and bask in the silence.

    By the way, Cathedral Grove is where the charter for the United Nations was signed in 1945 just over a month after FDR died.

  6. Mary Webb says:

    I have always loved trees. Even as a child I would fill my photo albums with picture of the trees I took but I have never been to see the redwoods. You have put me back on track to plan a trip to see them, Thanks!

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