Muir Beach

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Muir Beach

California

(415) 388-2596

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Things To Do

Overview

This quiet cove, beach, and lagoon tucked into the coastline three miles west of Muir Woods—is a favorite spot among locals.Redwood Creek at Muir Beach is home to numerous shorebirds, amphibians, salmon and trout, and marshy, water-loving plants called rushes (Juncus). This expansive network of wetlands, lagoon, and dunes is being restored by reducing the capacity of the creek, filling the creek bed with sediment, and altering fish habitat in the tidal lagoon. This restoration project—a partnership between the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy—will restore the natural function of the creek, wetlands, and intermittent tidal lagoon. 

Map of Muir Beach (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.877552, -122.555710

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Biking is permitted on the trails surrounding Muir Beach.

  • Hiking

    You can go up to the newly completed, multi-use Dias Ridge trail--a segment of the Bay Ridge Trail--on a ridgeline above Muir Beach. This new trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Marin coastline. Or go east along the trail (uphill) to scenic Coyote Ridge or south along the breathtaking Coastal Trail to Tennessee Cove. Look for a small signpost north of Muir Beach along Highway 1 that points the way to Muir Beach Overlook. A 235-foot long pedestrian bridge--the Pacific Way Bridge--connects visitors from the Muir Beach parking lot to the beach and Coastal Trail, which is multi-use and accessible. Cliffs along the Rocky Point coast are isolated and very dangerous. Use caution when hiking; rescue crews are far away.

  • Picnicking

    The overlook picnic site is scenic but windy, so remember to carry layers and hold on to your paper plates!

  • Wildlife Watching

    Redwood Creek at Muir Beach is home to numerous shorebirds, amphibians, salmon and trout, and marshy, water-loving plants called rushes (Juncus). This expansive network of wetlands, lagoon, and dunes is being restored by reducing the capacity of the creek, filling the creek bed with sediment, and altering fish habitat in the tidal lagoon.

Directions

Flying

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International Airports service the San Francisco Bay area.

Public Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) buses serve the Presidio via the 28, 29 and 43 lines. Bus service from the North Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza is available through Golden Gate Transit.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 388-2596

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