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Muir Woods National Monument ~ Old Growth Forest near San Francisco

Updated on August 3, 2017
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California is a state full of natural wonders including many state & national parks. See sites in San Francisco & many other areas visited.

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California Sites of Interest

Now, while I live in Houston, Texas which is a far distance from California as the crow flies, I have been fortunate enough to have been able to visit that western state on several occasions by way of vacationing.

California is the third largest state in the U.S. (after Alaska and Texas) but ranks as the most populous of states. Known as "the Golden State" it is blessed with having an over-abundance of natural beauty. It has some of the highest as well as the lowest areas of elevation in all of the United States.

Sites which range from the pounding surf of the scenic Pacific coastline to lofty and majestic mountain ranges, stark desert landscapes and rich abundant farmlands...this merely scratches the surface when trying to describe California in a few words.

Fortunately numerous State and National Parks as well as National Monuments have been set aside to preserve some of their stunning natural features for long into the future.

Interesting man made features and structures of historic interest also dot the State from north to south. Who hasn't heard of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as one example?

Instead of simply making an itemization of sites, I thought that it might be more satisfying to focus on one place of pristine and exceptional beauty and explain why I think that it should be put on a list of places to see for visitors to California.

It is the Muir Woods National Monument.

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Muir Woods

This portion of primeval forest that has been preserved as a national monument is located just to the north of San Francisco, a mere 16 miles away.

As one passes the Golden Gate Bridge with the City of Sausalito on the right and the Golden Gate National Recreation area on your left, Muir Woods would be your next stop on the Marin Peninsula.

It is close enough in proximity for people who wish to escape the crowded city life of San Francisco to access easily, whether it be for a few hours or a full day of rest and relaxation in one of nature's most glorious of cathedrals.

Of course long before San Francisco was settled, native Indians known as the Coast Miwok people lived amidst these glorious ancient redwoods and hunted as well as fished and gathered berries and other foods from the surrounding areas.

Sadly, when the Europeans started settling in the nearby areas, diseases wiped out the majority of the resident Indians who had no natural immunity.

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Old Growth Forest

These amazing old-growth coastal redwoods are some of the tallest living things in the world reaching ages of 1200 to 1800 years or more! There are some other parks in California and some in Oregon also containing these magnificent redwood tree specimens.

Everywhere the redwoods are to be viewed, they seemingly reach up towards the sky, some of them getting up to 379 feet (115.5 meters) in height. Often one catches just glimpses of the sky between these monarchs of the forest.

The shafts of sunlight piercing those evergreen trees and shining down upon the ground covered with mosses, ferns and mushrooms is a beautiful sight to behold. No man-made cathedral, no matter how lofty or how richly embellished can match this type of resplendent scenery provided by Mother Nature in my opinion.

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Redwoods

The actual name of these coastal redwoods is Sequoia sempervirens. They have been able to live these long lives by human standards because of their thick bark rich with tannins which resists damage from not only insects but also fires. The bark on a full grown tree can get to be up to twelve inches (30 cm) in thickness.

They survived nicely up until the logging industry was in full swing by the 1850's. Redwood was also found to be resistant to decay so this tree was in much demand for not only furniture but also outside uses such as railroad trestles.

I cannot even imagine what the sound of one of those towering beauties crashing to the forest floor must have sounded like! It must have been thunderous!

Sadly before preservationists started getting really active and saw the need to save these redwoods from total destruction, almost 95% of them had been logged and clear cut.

Muir Woods - Fallen trees are allowed to decompose naturally.
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Muir Woods National Monument

Fortunately in the case of this site we can thank the generosity of William and Elizabeth Kent who had purchased many acres of land, which was a part of Redwood Canyon back in 1905. They decided to donate 298 acres of it to the Federal Government in December of 1907.

On January 9, 1908 it was declared to be a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt and became the tenth (so named) in the U.S.

The National Park service was created in 1916 and management of Muir Woods was transferred to that department by the following year. A few years later in 1921, Mr. Kent donated another 150 acres which expanded the national monument.

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CCC

Working for the Civilian Conservations Corps ( CCC ) after the Great Depression, miles of paved trails were established with foot bridges, picnic facilities and boardwalks among other things which enabled visitors to more readily enjoy this preserved sanctuary.

People who would have been jobless had something to do, and many such projects (like this one in Muir Woods) created lasting legacies for enjoyment of places that they touched by way of their labor for long into the future.

John Muir

Interestingly enough, William Kent had never met the well known wilderness preservationist John Muir when this national monument was given Muir's name.

John Muir had devoted a major portion of his life to studying wild areas in nature and documenting facts about the intricacies of how everything in nature is intertwined and how important it is.

A quote by John Muir is the following: "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

He was greatly honored by the accolade given him when this newly created national monument was given his name.

John Muir was a co-founder of the Sierra Club and because of their influence after Muir's death, his beloved Yosemite where Muir had spent so much of his time, along with Sequoia, were both named National Parks.

Many books were authored by John Muir and his biography is an interesting one to be sure!

Learn more about John Muir here:

A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

I have enjoyed reading about John Muir and his long lasting legacy related to nature spots now reserved as national monuments and national parks. We owe him a debt of gratitude!

 

FDR

An interesting side note:

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had spent some time with William Kent who was active in influencing preservation efforts. Kent had gone on to be a member of Congress from California.

One month after the death of FDR in 1945 a ceremony was held in Muir Woods National Monument in the President's honor.

A fitting tribute, all things considered!

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Nature's Cathedral

"Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”

The above is another quote from John Muir.

Walking through the quietude of Muir Woods is something that cannot fully be described. It must be experienced to get the full effect.

Despite the fact of others being on the same path most people feel a reverence for those towering living and breathing redwoods that have graced the earth for so long a time. Now that they are protected they will continue to do so for long into the future.

Sounds are muted and this is a place where one can truly let the cares of the day melt away while opening one's mind and spirit into contemplating what are the more important things in life and beyond.

My husband along with some friends of ours from Dallas spent some time in the Muir Woods National Monument many years ago prior to heading on up into the wine country.

If you have never seen this national monument and are planning a trip to California anytime in the future, this is surely one of the great places to visit within that state.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Keep these on your bucket list and perhaps someday they can be crossed off as seen and enjoyed. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey (vocalcoach),

      So very happy to include your well written article about Muir Woods as a link. It is such an enchanting place! Appreciate your votes and the pin.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome photos of the old redwoods and sequoias. I would love to see them in person. Your great photos are the next best thing!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Peggy - I'm back to thank you for adding my link to this marvelous tribute to Muir Woods. With so much written about this magical, beautiful place, you have managed to find a unique and very informative insight filled with interesting and historical background. Your photos are so magnificent and bring a personal feeling to the reader.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and pinning to my board.

      Magnificent! ~ Audrey

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Am not surprised at all that streets have been named after John Muir. He was such an influential man with regard to preserving nature and setting aside public lands to be enjoyed by the masses. If we lived closer, we would definitely go back and spend more time in Muir Woods. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for the pin + share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Fantastic hub packed with information and great photos as always. Going to pin this onto my "Travel" board for people who want to learn more about Mr. Muir and places named for him like the Muir woods -- I used to live on Muir St. in CA when I was there. An excellent destination to choose for a summer vacation. Will share again with my followers too!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret (mperrottet),

      If you have already seen the redwoods and sequoias in other areas of California...you already know how beautiful the Muir Woods National Monument is. It is another spot where nature reigns supreme! Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tim (tsmog),

      Hope you get to visit Muir Woods National Monument someday and in the meantime thank you for the kind words regarding this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      The majesty of the redwoods is similar to the Sequoia trees. The redwoods are simply taller and the Sequoias more massive in width...but both are amazing and wondrous to see and experience. Glad that you enjoyed this hub with its photos and information. Appreciate your votes, the 5 star rating and your sharing of this hub. Thanks!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      What an excellent hub! I didn't get to see Muir Woods when I was in California, but we did get to see the giant trees in Sequoia, Yosemite and Redwood National Park. Next time I'm there I'll have to stop by. Voted up, useful and beautiful, and sharing. Well done!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Oh my, I am floored with the both the depth of knowledge shared and the amazing imagery shared. Being a resident of California I have not seen this magnificent preservation, yet. Seeing the Sequoia I can only imagine. However what is shared here definitely brings it not home, yet offers a home for reader to visit near to a Sunday evening visit with close friends.

      Thank you Peggy for this article. Both a reminder of neighbors where I live are awesome and history abounds with delight as I learned these near to poetic words sharing a majestic grace.

      tim

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Got to see the Sequoia's, but never saw the redwoods or Muir Woods when I lived in California just a few miles outside of Sacramento. I was pregnant at the time and not really up to a lot of travel. Your photos are great as always. So much interesting information here and we are all benefitting from your excursions! Voted up, BI, and sharing! Oh, and I gave you 5 more stars!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vocalcoach,

      I can fully understand why you say that the beauty of Muir Woods lingers in your memory bank. I feel the same. Will take a look at what you have written about it. Thanks for your comment, votes and the link.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Peggy - I love Muir Woods and have been there several times. It's beauty lingers in my memory bank. I, too wrote a hub about Muir Woods and have just done some editing on it. I am linking this hub and am happy to feature it. Voted up and across.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello iguidenetwork,

      Most of our national parks and/or forests are managed that way. If a tree falls, it is let to rot naturally and decompose...thus nourishing the ground and other plants and fungus that feed off of it. Glad to know that you enjoyed this article about Muir Woods. Appreciate your comment.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Beautiful natural landscape. Yes, they should be allowed to grow they way they naturally do. All things great and beautiful such as these trees. Very informative hub, thanks for sharing. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Randy,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this article about Muir Woods Old Growth forest so near to San Francisco. I agree that lands like these SHOULD be set aside for future generations to enjoy. Too bad about those old live oak trees that you mentioned being cut down. Good thing that at least a few survived being used as lumber for the ship building.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I envy anyone who gets to witness the beauty of these wonderful trees, and am so glad some people had the foresight to protect them for the future generations to enjoy. Unlike in this part of the world where the massive and majestic live oaks on the barrier islands were all destroyed to be used in building wooden ships during the colonial days.

      There are still a few specimens almost 1000 years old around, but most are now gone. I hope to see the Sequoias someday, but until then I'll simple observe them through yours and others photos and articles. Enjoyed your efforts as usual.

      SSSSS

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sherry,

      Muir Woods is truly a special place in which to spend time. You are fortunate to be living in California where there are so many lovely places such as this one. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thomas,

      Places like Muir Woods fill my soul with wonder and ecstasy. There is nothing as beautiful in my opinion as Mother Nature at her best. There is much beauty in California, as you know. Have you visited the numerous national parks there? You were fortunate to being able to live among the majestic redwoods for so long a time! Thanks for your comment.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      This is a great, informative hub, and it's on one of my favorite subjects, places to see in California. Muir Woods is very special.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Peggy,

      Before moving to the Bay Area, I went to college in Humboldt County and lived among the redwoods for five delightful years and missed them dearly after we moved south. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I located Muir Woods a mere 45 minutes from my new home in the East Bay and we spent many an hour there. They are truly rejuvenating for the soul.

      Of all the many places you could have selected to highlight in California, I think it is absolutely awesome that you picked Muir Woods!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I am still having problems sharing hubs with HP followers. Appreciate your efforts on trying to share this hub about Muir Woods National Monument with others.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm going to try and share this Hub now.....I am determined!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      So glad that you liked this hub well enough to share. Let me know what worked for you other than the HubPages followers button. It still is not working for me for some reason.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy, I just came back to say: I still can't share with the button on the Hub, but I think I know another way. I'm going to try that. Wish me luck. This is such a beautiful Hub, just got to share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello HouseBuyersUS,

      Muir Woods is surely that!...a great place to visit, plus spend some time. It is one of nature's most beautiful of cathedrals. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad to hear that it is not just on my end. Made a note to share the hub of yours that I have left comments on. It needs to be shared!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      The site is freezing up and acting as weird as I've ever seen it so will be back tomorrow for share, comments and reading hubs!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Alastar,

      Thank heavens that old growth forest was spared. Someday with luck perhaps I will get to see it. I love parks like that! Thanks for coming back to this Muir Woods hub and answering my question.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That's exactly what I was thinking about the folks in SF being fortunate to have Muir Woods so close, Peggy. Joyce Kilmer is a State Park right below the Great Smokies with 400 year old giants the robber baron timber cos. missed due to their train bridge being washed-out in the early 20th century. Their loss was our magnificent gain.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Is the old growth forest named Joyce Kilmer in your area? I had not heard of it. Is it a state park or national monument? Old growth forests are really special places. The folks living in San Francisco are fortunate to have Muir Woods National Monument so nearby to them for a close escape into nature. Appreciate your comment and the share.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Just hiked the old growth forest Joyce Kilmer and was reinvigorated so this is a perfect one to share, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      You are fortunate to live in a place surrounded by so much natural beauty. Glad that you think I did justice to featuring Muir Woods in this hub. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      awesome read peggy.

      I live in this golden state and have visited these places but, still loved reading your informative hub with the beautiful pix.

      voted up as awesome, and sharing it across!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      So nice to know that you have also seen the breathtakingly beautiful Muir Woods National Monument in your U.S. travels. You have seen some great places from what I have read in your hubs! You choose well in planning your RV trips! Thanks for your comment.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Another beautiful hub, Peggy! Muir woods is such a glorious place, and your article is a fitting tribute to the awe inspiring redwoods that grow there. You are so fortunate to have visited places like this several times in your travels. Although I only visited Muir Woods once, it is definitely a highlight of our travels in the U.S. Your photographs brought back some wonderful memories.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi David Warren,

      I agree with you that the word "beautiful" hardly describes the feeling that Muir Woods National Monument evokes when one is in the middle of that forested setting. It is truly awe inspiring. Nice that you get to see those areas as often as you do. Thanks for your comment and votes and so glad that you liked the photos.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Eliminate Cancer,

      As you so aptly stated...visiting places like Muir Woods are good for the soul. Agreed! Thanks for your comment.

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      David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

      Love the pictures! This was a phenomenally well written hub. I am very lucky to live just on the other side of the Sierra and enjoy the redwoods and the Marin headlands at least a few times each year. Thank you kindly for sharing this. Voted up and beautiful although "beautiful" doesn't even begin to express how amazing this area is.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello hectordang,

      I have already visited Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks as well as Capitol Reef, Death Valley and also Joshua Tree National Park...all of them in parts of California. Have written hubs about them and would love spending more time in each of them again. I love natural areas such as Muir Woods and there is not a single national park that I have ever visited in which I did not come away amazed at its unique beauty. Thanks for your comment. You must like these type of places as well?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi John Sarkis,

      I would have to agree with you that northern California is truly beautiful. Thanks for your comment on this Muir Woods National Monument hub.

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      Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I can't wait to visit!! I can almost smell the fresh air, and feel the tranquility from this hub!! We need more places like this on earth - so good for the soul!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jools99,

      The two times that we have been fortunate enough to visit Muir Woods, we did not see deer but obviously with such a setting, there must be many of them that call that beautiful redwood forest home. You were lucky to see some baby deer playing in that gorgeous setting. Thanks for your comment.

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      hectordang 5 years ago from New York

      These are wonderful! If you go a bit south (close to Fresno), you'll hit up Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. Those are two places where you can get gorgeous pictures of nature as well!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Peggy, this is a great hub.

      I'm from Los Angeles and always tell friends and relatives that you need to see Northern Cal in order to truly appreciate California's beauty.

      Take care and voted up

      John

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jaswinder64,

      Glad to know that you appreciated reading and seeing the photos of Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Peggy, I have visited San Francisco 3 times - love the city and in 1988, I visited Muir Woods as part of a sightseeing tour of the area. We had a great time there, there were baby deer gamboling through the trees, that is the first time I had ever seen a deer up close, I still have a photo of it somewhere. Great hub, voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello postapolyptic,

      Good to hear that you liked this posting about Muir Woods. You will really enjoy spending time with the magnificant redwoods if you make it back out that way. Hope you get the chance. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mikeydcarroll67,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed these photos of the beautiful Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      As you say, Muir Woods should not be missed for anyone planning a trip to San Francisco. Thanks for your comment.

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Wonderful knowledge. Great Hub.

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      Pretty photos! I love them!

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      judio 5 years ago

      Definitely a place to visit on a trip to SFO.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello cloverleaffarm,

      Hopefully your wish list will come true and you will someday soon be sitting under those trees in Muir Woods doing your sketches. Thanks for your comment.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      What a beautiful place. I have seen Muir Woods on TV, but this is one of the places that I have on my "places to go" list. I love nature, and it looks so peaceful there. I can imagine myself sitting under one of those beautiful trees, and drawing a sketch of the forest. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures,and story on Muir Woods. Have a great day.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      So pleased to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Muir Woods National Monument. Your blog must be travel related? Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello HowToLoveOne,

      You are so fortunate to have been able to live so close to Muir Woods for so long a time. I can only imagine the wonderful hours you must have spent walking and hiking in that spectacular environment. Glad that you learned a bit about John Muir from this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Another wonderful hub Peggy! You are so lucky to get to travel and visit all these wonderful places. I am envious! I love your travel hubs! I am linking this one to a previous hub of yours that I put on my blog. You are going to be "my travel guide"! :) Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Joshua Pine 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've lived in SF half my life and Muir Woods is by far my favorite Forrest in America. I didn't know all the background on John Muir... voted up for the awesome pictures!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Muir Woods National Monument is such a beautiful and serene setting. I know you would love it! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I immediately fell in love with the giant redwood trees. Muir Woods National Monument appears to be a very serene place surrounded by many of natures treasures. FDR did a spectacular deed by approving the preservation of this beautiful forest. Interesing biography of John Muir. Great photos, information and videos of this wonderful vacation spot. Another wonderful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rusti,

      I love what I have seen of Oregon. Great state! What are the trees of mystery? I know that there are other redwood groves...even a national park in California. If you come back, please let me know. It sounds interesting. Thanks for leaving a comment on this Muir Woods National Monument hub. Hope that you visit it in person someday.

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I live in oregon.So, you know I'm a tree hugger. There's the trees of mystery in northern californa.The trees are amazing. Great hub,loved all the beautiful pictures you posted. I enjoyed this so much,we may just go there on one of our vacations.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      That second quote from John Muir that you are going to keep on your desk is a good one! Glad that I could show you some of Muir Woods and hope that you get to see it in person someday. Always nice seeing you commenting on my hubs!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      Now you know to fit in a visit to Muir Woods National Monument the next time you visit your friends in Sonoma. Sonoma is another great place to see and visit as you well know...the town and valley both. Thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another amazing hub Peggy - you transport us to fabulous places!

      I would love to see the wonderful redwoods -

      The second quote by John Muir is absolutely beautiful, I am going to print it and put on my desk!

      Thank you for this fabulous hub and voting up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a beautiful hub and it really makes me want to visit Muir Woods! I can't believe we've never been there. We have friends who live in Sonoma and have been all around the area, but never to Muir Woods. Thank you for sharing...I have bookmarked this for future reference.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      The redwoods in Muir Woods are so majestic and beautiful. Glad to be able to introduce them to you via this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I had never heard of Muir woods but now thanks to you I have.

      Your hubs are always amazing and this one as good as any.

      Take care and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      If you like natural beauty such as can be found in Muir Woods, be sure and check out all of the national parks in California. They are fabulous! Glad that you liked this hub. Appreciate your comment and hope you get to the Golden State in the near future.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      Yes, we have President Roosevelt to thank for preserving this natural landmark, but we have the Kents to first thank for their generous donation of the land to the federal government in the first place. Many acres of land (many even in our national parks) have been preserved due to wealthy folks who saw fit to share what they had with others. Appreciate your comment and hope that you get to view Muir Woods in all its' majesty someday.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Somebody close asked me the other day if I had to choose one state that I hadn't been to before what would it be. They had an enigmatic-sly look on their face so maybe a surprise is coming soon. Anyway, after some thought Cali was the answer. There's nothing like an old growth forest to amble through and had no idea about Muir Woods Peggy. Your enchanting write and pics have now placed it on the must see list if indeed any excursion to the Golden State is in the cards.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Peggy - your pictures are beautiful. One of these days I must visit the big trees. What a fantastic place! Thank heavens President Theodore Roosevelt saw fit to preserve this valuable asset for our country.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pat,

      Nice to know that you have experienced the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument in person. It is an amazing place as you know. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      Muir Woods National Monument is such a wonderful spot on planet earth that it deserves to be given accolades. Ahh yes...I can almost remember the smells and wonderful feelings of being in that special place. Knowing the background just adds to the pleasure. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I know that Muir Woods is a little closer to where you live than some of the other locations that I have written about...except of course, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver. Absolutely love that part of our country! Hope that you get to see the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzie ONeill,

      Since I did not watch that movie you referenced, I cannot accurately answer your question. But since Muir Woods and an adjacent park is just north of San Francisco, I would suspect that you are correct. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      DO put Muir Woods on your list of places to visit...especially since you do not live that far away from that splendorous site. It is so gorgeous! Thanks for your comment.

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      Pat L. 5 years ago

      I've been to Muir Woods and was overwhelmed by all the tallest, thickest trees I had ever seen. The experience seemed surreal - just aware that these trees should be preserved at all costs; they are like mounuments to what is and what can be. Peggy, you chose a glorious part of California to write about to your readers. This part of California certainly would get my vote. P.L.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Hurrah! Muir Woods is one of my favorite places. I can almost smell the trees after reading your Hub and looking at the photos. Thanks for enlightening me on its interesting backstory!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, Peggy. Muir Woods would be a great place to visit. Unlike some of the other places that you describe in your wonderful travel hubs, this is a place I might actually be able to visit! I drove down to the San Francisco area once and had a very enjoyable visit, but I didn't go to Muir Woods. Thanks to your hub, if I go to the area again I will make sure that I visit the Muir Woods National Monument.

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      Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      What a well written and informative hub! I'll definately have to visit the Muir Woods the next time I'm in the area.

      I have one quick question. I recently watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." In the film, the apes flee San Francisco for a nearby forest. Based on the location and description, I suspect that it's the Muir Woods. Do you know if I'm correct? Just curious!

      Voted up! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tlpoague,

      Muir Woods is very peaceful as you pointed out. Glad that this hub brought back some happy memories of your visit to this wonderful national monument in the San Francisco area. Appreciate your comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, this is not too far from me, so I don't understand why I've never visited on my many trips to San Francisco. Sounds like a wonderful place that I need to schedule for next time. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello JKenny,

      It is an awesome feeling to be standing in the midst of those tall redwood giants who have stood there for so long a time. It is a feeling of reverence. Hope you get to experience it someday if you make plans to visit Muir Woods. Of course all the delights of exploring San Francisco will also be at your doorstep in that part of the world. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello HawaiiHeart,

      Perhaps on your next trip you'll be able to fit in a visit to Muir Woods. You will never forget it! Thanks for your comment.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      I once visited this forest when I was younger and we were on a family trip. It was breathtaking! I felt I could live there forever. It is very peaceful and calming. Thank you for sharing this hub and your pictures. It brought back memories.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      What an enchanting place, to be able to see giant redwoods that have stood in the same place for thousands of years must have been awesome. If I ever visit America, then Muir Woods will definitely on my 'to see' list. Voted up etc.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I've been to Northern California so many times but have never been to Muir Woods...I've actually wanted to go several times but just never made it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      If I had Muir Woods in my backyard so-to-speak, I would always take visitors there. Such a gorgeous place! You are fortunate to be living there. Thanks for your comment.

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      Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I love Muir Woods. The redwoods are incredible. We often take visitors to the bay area to spend a day there. Awesome Hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello silverempiress,

      I totally agree with you in that visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods is not only a highlight of visiting San Francisco, but a highlight for visiting places in California. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      The redwood trees are a national treasure. Nice that groves of them have been preserved for posterity. Sad to think that what has grown for thousands of years can be cut down in a moment for simply uses of lumber. Thank heavens areas of them have been preserved such as this Muir Woods National Monument. Thanks for your comment.

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      silverempiress 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Going to see the Muir Woods red woods was definitely a highlight of my trip to San Francisco. It's amazing to see how big the trees are up close.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      "living in the jungle"....I had never heard about redwoods. But it's truly awesome to be preserved. Muir Woods National Monument is beautiful. I just saw like this one through my television. Thanks, Peggy for wonderful tour. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Take care and have a nice day!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      That is exactly what we felt like when in Muir Woods...like being in a Cathedral. So beautiful!!! Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      It is wonderful that Muir Woods National Monument is protected and managed by the National Park Service. Many of our national treasures have come about because of the generosity of wealthy people who decided to share what they had acquired with the masses of people who would otherwise never have gotten to see places like this.

      Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this hub with others. Appreciate it!

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      I have been to Muir Woods and loved the experience. I'm sure I'm not the first to say it felt like being in a Cathedral. to be among living things that old is a remarkable thing.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Redwoods are marvelous works of nature and should be protected. It is important to keep a balanced view of nature. Good stewardship is the key to using resources for everyone's good and maintaining them for the future. Thanks for showing this. sharing this. voted up and beautiful.