The grandeur that is the Muir Woods National Monument lay in an isolated canyon just twelve miles north of San Francisco.
Naturalist John Muir called this… "…the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the land a National Monument.
It is an old-growth coastal redwood forest and due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the forest is regularly shrouded in a coastal marine layer fog. The fog is vital for the growth of the redwoods as they use moisture from the fog during seasons of drought. It is cool and moist year round.
The tallest tree in Muir Woods is over 260 feet high and the widest is about 14 feet in diameter! One is over 1,000 years old, but generally, trees in the Muir Woods range between 400 and 800 years of age.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir