Free National Parks Weekend

Take in the splendor and enjoy free entrance to Muir Woods this weekend. The good news is: you get to go to park and park for free. The bad news is: it’s a weekend and the parking lot is going to be at capacity. Fortunately, the Muir Woods Shuttle runs all weekend, only costs $5 round-trip, saves your nerves, and spares the air. So hop on the shuttle and devote more time immersing yourself in nature.

Grab a park map and guide as you enter and pick whichever trail you’d like to traverse. Before you leave, try to do the loop that crosses all four bridges to take a look at the Cathedral and Bohemian Grove as well as the Pinchot Tree — one of the oldest and tallest in the forest. Notice all the Vitamin C-rich Redwood sorrels that surround the trees and see if you could tell the difference between a sedge, rush and grass. Muir Woods is a place full of intrigue that many wildlife species, like some of the last remaining Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout, call home. Please treat it with respect.

If You Go:

When: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.