Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Muir Woods (The Planet of Apes)


For those who had watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes before, you would remember the ending scene where the apes fought with humans and ran towards Muir Woods in order to lead their freedom lives. In this post, I would like to introduce the mature redwood trees, beautiful and scenic trails and natural heritage of Muir Woods National Monument which has been protected and preserved for more than a century ago. Muir Woods is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, north of San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods is always crowded with visitors on weekends and public holidays because it's situated north of the downtown of San Francisco, the distance is estimated about 17 miles (27 km) one way. The parking lots are very limited thus, many visitors, who come during the peak hours, have to park their vehicles by the roadside. Public shuttle service is available and operates on weekends and public holidays during the Summer only. Hence, it is advisable to get there as early in the morning (suggested before 10am) so that, you have more opportunity to find the parking lot before the peak hours begins from noon onwards.

Muir Woods National Monument is one of the last stands of old-growth redwood forest on Earth. Redwood-like trees covered much of the Northern Hemisphere 150 million years ago. This cool, damp, redwood forest and the water of Redwood Creek shelter for an ecological cycles of plants and animals. Muir Woods National Monument offers the visitors with options to choose between easy and moderate walking trails in order to enjoy the nature scenery, fresh air and explore the Redwood Creek Watershed which are part of the "California Floristic Province," one of 25 of the planet's richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life. Since the hiking tour takes at least an hour or more, depending on your choice of the trail(s), it's advisable to put on your comfortable shoes, bring your sweater and some water bottle along. On top of everything, it's crucial that you must abide to the rules and signboards in order to help to preserve the natural area.


Entrance to Muir Woods, San Francisco
Entrance ticket of US$5 per adult and US$1 for a map and a brochure respectively







Poisonous plant at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Avoid touching the poisonous plants and Poison oak





The beginning trail at Bridge 1 at Muir Woods, San Francisco (2)
Get ready with the easy trail from Bridge 1





The beginning trail at Bridge 1 at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Easy and wide path is accessible for wheelchair and stroller





Giant Redwoods along the trails
Giant redwood trees can be seen everywhere along the walking trails





The diameter of the trunk of a redwood tree at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Check out the diameter of the trunk of a redwood tree






The skin of redwood tree at Muir Woods, San Francisco
The outer trunk skin is known as thick bark which is spongy and fibrousness from six to 12 inches thick-insulates the mature redwood against fire damage





Relatives to Redwood trees around the world at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Redwoods and their relatives from Asia-Pacific





Fresh air and enjoy the nature at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Enjoying the nature and fresh air as we hike deeper into the forest





The United Nations at Muir Woods, San Francisco
The United Nations at Muir Woods





Two trunks attached to a Redwood tree at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Extraordinary of twin trunks are joint to a redwood tree





Breezy air along the nature trail at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Enjoying the breeze and nature but do not feel exhausted after walking for more than an hour





Redwood trees at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Seeing different perspective when we look up the sky





Saranghae at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Expressing my love ('saranghae') to Redwoods and the nature





Easy walking trail along Muir Woods, San Francisco
Preparing our next level of hiking trail. Heading to the moderate level while many visitors prefer to stay on easy trails





Easy trail at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Heading to the moderate trail after crossing this wooden bridge





Unpaved trail in the deep forest of Muir Woods, San Francisco
Easy and unpaved trail at the beginning but then, it becomes my obstacle to walk uphill and along the narrow and steep hillside 





Redwood sorrel at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Does it look like Clover? It's called Redwood sorrel





Getting through the trunks of redwood trees at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Getting through the trunks of Redwoods





Unique branches on redwood trees at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Beautifully shaded by Redwood leaves





He tried to do some 'acrobatics' between redwood trees at Muir Woods, San Francisco
A visitor tries to do his acrobatic between these Redwoods





Narrow and unpaved trail at Muir Woods, San Francisco
The trail becomes narrower and steeper as we head back to the visitor center (or the main entrance) after spending three hours of hiking in the forest of Muir Woods





Narrow and unpaved trail between the trunks of redwood trees at Muir Woods, San Francisco
It's crucial to give way to visitors from the opposite direction, along this narrow and steep path





Beautiful leaves with thin branches at Muir Woods, San Francisco
Unique and thin branches of Redwoods which resemble the frame of an umbrella

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