I was very impressed with Muir Woods National Monument. The trails were nicely marked and I loved the peace and serenity in the woods and looking at the impressive ancient Redwood trees.
A redwood tree can live up to 2000 years. The tallest redwood tree is 250 ft. and the widest is over 14 ft. Most of the redwood trees that are mature range from 500 to 800 years old. There are delicate wildflowers in the park, ferns, bay laurels, and big leaf maples.
In 1908 Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the area a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The area was named to honor John Muir a conversationalist. The Kent family donated their land of uncut stands of redwoods to the federal government in 1905 to ensure its protection.
Spotted owls, bats, deer, raccoons and various birds live in the quiet redwood forest. There are snakes, chipmunks, gray squirrels, fish, and salamanders that live in the woods.
I love the layout for the hiking and walking trails in the park. The average daytime temperature in the park is 40 to 70 degrees F. I only needed a lightweight jacket on to keep warm.
Two weddings were taking place in the woods the day I came. The couples had wedding dresses on and tuxedo’s. The park would be a perfect place for a wedding. It is so peaceful and scenic and serene in the Muir Woods National Monument.
I was taken back by the size of the ancient redwood trees. The trees are very impressive indeed. The tallest tree in the woods is about 250 ft. tall. You can tell the age of the trees by counting the rings in the tree after you cut it down. The winter wet season gets most of the average total of 40 inches of rain for the year. When the creek becomes swollen with too much water it enables the threatened steelhead and endangered coho salmon to be able to move up the creek and spawn.
Seeing Muir Woods National Monument in California with the ancient redwood forest was the high point of my vacation. I would highly recommend seeing this national treasure in your lifetime.
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