Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Golden Gate National Recreation Area now requires advance reservations for private vehicles wishing to utilize the parking areas at Muir Woods National Monument. We offer daily departures -- book your Muir Woods Half Day Tour with us and secure your spot to see the Redwoods.
Our Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from San Francisco starts off with a complimentary hotel pick up in San Francisco. This is the combined Muir Woods Half Day Tour & Sausalito Tour that spends the most time in the forest! For approximately 1.5 hours, you'll be gazing up into the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coast Redwood before heading to the town of Sausalito.
Your Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning tour will include a short drive-by of the beautiful San Francisco Waterfront. Cruise along Embarcadero and enjoy a quick stop at the Ferry Building to explore some of San Francisco's iconic food and beverage vendors: Dandelion Chocolate, Mariposa Baking Company, Boulettes Larder, Cowgirl Creamery - to name just a few! Or grab some coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee.
Then cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in Muir Woods. Follow the trails and breathe in the fresh air during the best time of day to visit Muir Woods! The main trail has a boardwalk and runs along the shadowy Redwood creek. There is a half hour loop, a one hour loop, and a one hour and a half loop. Of course, there are longer trails that extend into surrounding parks, but the tallest Redwoods grow along the main trail, as it is at a lower elevation and the trees receive enough water from the creek. Other trails are pretty steep and require at least half a day to complete.
Don’t get a sore neck, these are some of the tallest trees in the word! Make sure you also appreciate the sights and smells down on the ground. During December, the heart of the Salmon breeding season, you may even get to see Salmon forging their way up stream to spawn and end their life cycle! In May it’s a race against time as the fingerling salmon hurry to get out to sea before the reducing water flow allows the waves to close off the mouth of the creek.
Take it easy and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes so you can look out at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. Then head to Sausalito to see the seaside city. Stroll along the waterfront or have some lunch! Here, we will drop off those who will take the ferry back to San Francisco.
Ferry Bay Cruise option: Upgrade your Muir Woods Half Day Tour & Sausalito Tour to include a ferry bay cruise ticket, where you will take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco after your Muir Woods tour. You'll get to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. Spend time to explore the quaint seaside town of Sausalito and maybe have lunch there before you make your way back to San Francisco. Please check ferry departure times to make sure you catch the last departure back to the city.
5 tips to make the most of the Muir Woods hike:
1. Discover the main trail as all the attractions are there!
2. Enjoy the tallest trees in the Bohemian Grove
3. Feel the spirit of the woods in the Cathedral Grove
4. Find the Kent Memorial
5. Grab a souvenir at the Visitors Center
Note: For the rare event that commercial parking is not available at Muir Woods, we reserve the right to arrange an alternative destination for experiencing Giant Coastal Redwoods during your half a day in San Francisco trip.