Thursday, February 1, 2018

CALIFORNIA: Hiking Above the Redwood Forest

Muir Woods National Monument is a must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco. Having briefly visited the forest in previous travels, we planned to spend a bit more time exploring one of the hiking trails in the area. We took on The Sun Trail - a 4.7 mile loop that provides views from within redwood canyons and above the canopies. This was an excellent way to spend our morning after a long plane ride, and we would highly recommend it!

The path that we took included a somewhat steep incline at the onset, which was bearable but definitely a workout for us Floridians (very accustomed to flat land). What we loved about this trail is that it offers variety, which keeps things interesting.

A couple tips: 

  • Dress in layers! The ground of the redwood forest is very cool, but up above it is super sunny (at least during August - when we visited). We ended up going from sweaters to t-shirts within a few hours. 
  • Bring sunscreen. Up top there is no shade and therefore no protection from the sun. 
  • Get there early. It is nearly impossible to find any parking near the woods by 10am due to the popularity of the park. 

We've started a tradition of taking goofy photos at pretty places.

These little guys were in the sunny spots!

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