Redwood Parks Tours
Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County, California, 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres (224 ha), of which 240 acres (97 ha) are old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area
The Muir Woods National Monument is an old-growth coastal redwood forest. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the forest is regularly shrouded in a coastal marine layer fog, contributing to a wet environment that encourages vigorous plant growth. The fog is also vital for the growth of the redwoods as they use moisture from the fog during the dry summer.
The monument is cool and moist year round with average daytime temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 21 °C). Rainfall is heavy during the winter and summers are almost completely dry with the exception of fog drip caused by the fog passing through the trees. Annual precipitation in the park ranges from 39.4 inches (1,000 mm) in the lower valley to 47.2 inches (1,200 mm) higher up in the mountain slopes
Armstrong Woods State Park is one of Sonoma County’s true gems. No visit to Northern California would be complete without a visit to its majestic redwoods, the tallest and oldest living things on earth. Two trees stand out among the crowd at Armstrong Woods State Park the 310 foot Parson Jones Tree and the 1400 year old Colonel Armstrong tree.
Parking is free just outside the park, it’s $8 if you want to drive in and park your car. Driving in is a good idea if you have kids and/or a large picnic lunch. You just drive to the back and there are picnic tables close to the parking area.
Otherwise most people just park in the free lot and walk in. The moment you walk into Armstrong Woods you feel the temperature drop along with your heart rate. A sense of peacefulness overtakes you as feel surrounded and enveloped by the ancient trees. I completely recommend that you take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the trails.