A Little Travel Memory… Getting Lost in Muir Woods

Last updated on November 17, 2021

My friend Jenn is a long-time friend from Florida who also made the move to Los Angeles after college. Our M.O. was long hikes through the mountains surrounding LA to rid ourselves of the city-angst. When I started talking about my RTW trip we road-tripped it up the California coast to San Francisco to test our travel style compatibility.

top of muir woods national park
My friend Jenn and I hiked to the top of Muir Woods National Park in California.

With Muir Woods so close to San Francisco we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit the park and see the redwood forest first hand. And like all stories of me hiking anywhere … we got lost for a couple of hours. I say that lightly because we were still mostly on a trail, and we had lots of water, so we knew it was safe enough for us to indulge in the desire to just pick a path and go.

In the end, as with most times I follow instinct and just wander—or in this case hike—it was worth it. Not long after we hiked straight up out of the dark base of the redwood forest we surfaced to the piercingly sunny skies and epic views of the huge trees and hills rolling toward the Pacific Ocean.

Jenn is the only of my Stateside buddies who has actually taken me up on my open offer to all of my friends to meet me somewhere in the world. Last year she flew to Italy halfway through my round the world trip and we spent three weeks downing copious amounts of gelato together between hikes where we took tons of surprisingly similar camera-timed pictures of us in random forests all over Italy and Croatia.

8 thoughts on “A Little Travel Memory… Getting Lost in Muir Woods”

  1. I’ve only been there once, and never made it out of the forested part. It was a typical foggy Bay area day, and it was just perfect. I wish everyplace smelled like that place did!

    • Oh how right are you – the damp earth completely closed in by the towering
      trees…and what a great place to spend a foggy day :)

  2. Its really a nice place..Hey Is Muir Woods the forest where the Endor scenes from “Return of the Jedi” were filmed?If Muir Woods is the right place, can regular visitors get to it by car?

    • Yep, the Return of the Jedi was filmed there, it looks a lot
      different/darker on the forest floor. You can drive right there, huge
      parking lot, very cheap admission (less than $10) and it’s not far outside
      of San Francisco! :)

  3. GlobalButterfly is right; that seems like a great place to get lost. I’ve never been there, but do admit that one of the best road trips I’ve ever taken was to CA. I flew into LA along the coast to San Francisco. Amazing!

    • If you make it back to northern Cali it’s worth a visit – a highlight of the
      PCH drive…that coastline drive stands as one of the top in the world in my
      book (and actually have a post on the PCH queued at some point! :-)


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