Located north of San Francisco on Highway 101, Muir Beach is located in Marin County. Marin “town” is quaint and just six miles off Highway 101. This is one of two beaches that surround the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This beautiful area is full of California wildlife: Monarch butterflies in the pine trees, salmon in Redwood Creek, frogs in the pasture, fox, birds, deer and coyote’s, to name a few. There are trails and both horses and dogs are allowed on portions of the beach. Fishing, boogie boarding, surfing and swimming are also activities allowed at this beach.
MUIR BEACH CLIMATE: As with any of the beaches and coastal towns in Northern California, the weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
LOCAL MUIR BEACH FLAVOR: Muir Beach is located just over the last coastal ridge west of Mill Valley. This is a very small area, comprised of about 150 homes, and is more known for its trails that climb along the bluffs of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The main in and probably most successful business in town is the adorable “Pelican Inn.” This lodge has a great restaurant and live music, to include imported beer always on tap.
The Muir Woods National Monument, California is approximately 2 miles inland. This is a 550 acre gift given to the Federal Government in 1907 by “The Kent’s,” a very high up family in Marin County. While there is a store and snack bar, the biggest lure is striking coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, several of the old trees are up to 20 stories tall. Muir Woods is open 8 a.m. to dusk. Admission is $2 for adults.