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Muir Beach

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Marin, California

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  • Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Muir Beach and the Marin Headlands as seen from Muir Beach Overlook 1.5 miles to the north.- Muir Beach
  • Redwood Creek flows into the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • A hidden cove at the north end of Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Muir Beach, south end.- Muir Beach
  • Checking the tide pools along the rocks at Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Moonrise over Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Beach fires are permitted in desginated fire pits.- Muir Beach
  • The Muir Beach housing community keeps watch above Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Visitors follow a boardwalk en route to Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Picnic tables adjacent to the parking area provide views of Redwood Creek and Muir Beach.- Muir Beach
  • Public restrooms are available in the parking lot.- Muir Beach
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Pros: 
Family friendly. Fire Pits. Dogs on leash.
Cons: 
Sunny weekend crowds.
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Region:
Marin, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Follow Redwood Creek 3 miles south from Muir Woods National Monument to where it flows into the ocean and you’ll be standing upon yet another iconic landmark named after John Muir, the venerable conservationist: Muir Beach. Tucked into a lovely scenic cove, Muir Beach's quarter-mile stretch of sand is the northernmost beach in the Marin Headlands area.

Providing convenient access for a family coastal outing, Muir Beach offers tide pools, a hidden cove, and connections to some spectacular hiking trails. The views south overlooking the ocean and Marin Headlands hills are breathtaking, particularly in the late winter and early spring when the hills burst with new, verdant life. Head north from where the trail deposits visitors on the beach to explore tide pools, and explore the hidden cove lying beneath the hillside community (the homes detract very little from the majestic setting). Surf fishing is popular here, and although the surf is although typically closed out, surfers sometimes find waves when northwest swell is running and the winds blow offshore from the north or east.

The beach is accessed from a parking lot via the 200-yard trail that crosses over Redwood Creek. Fires are permitted in designated fire pits, and dogs are allowed on leash. Nearby hiking options include the Coastal Trail, which links up with the not-to-be-missed Pirate’s Cove Hiking Trail to the south. 

 

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