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Muir Beach and Overlook

Redwood Creek tumbles down from the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais through Muir Woods, reaching the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach. Although the creek's watershed is tiny––less than nine square miles--it harbors incredible biological diversity, including endangered coho salmon and California red-legged frogs. The National Park Service has done extensive restoration work designed to return the creek and its...
Redwood Creek tumbles down from the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais through Muir Woods, reaching the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach. Although the creek's watershed is tiny––less than nine square miles--it harbors incredible biological diversity, including endangered coho salmon and California red-legged frogs. The National Park Service has done extensive restoration work designed to return the creek and its floodplain at Muir Beach to a more natural condition--work that has also improved accessibility. As a result, this little gem of a beach is even more of a delight to visit.

Before setting out from the parking lot, be sure to check out the tactile model (with Braille labels) of the Redwood Creek watershed that's near the restroom building. Then take the bridge across Redwood Creek to a wide dirt-and-gravel trail that soon forks. The trail to the right leads to the beach; the last few yards take you across sand on a mat that's lined by rope guides. The trail can be busy, particularly on weekends, and there is no place on the mat to pull aside and enjoy the view. To fully enjoy the beach, reserve a beach wheelchair in advance.

If you go left instead of right at the fork, a one-mile loop trail may be accessible during dry weather. Shortly after the fork you cross a rocky drainage that is likely to be impassable in wet conditions, then travel along a marsh, looping back to the parking lot via the narrow (and often busy) entrance road.

For a panoramic vista and a chance to watch migrating whales (December–April), head north from Muir Beach one mile up Highway 1 to Muir Beach Overlook, a former Army observation post. Stairs make the boardwalk out to the westernmost point inaccessible, but views from the lot are almost as good.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

Call at least five days in advance to reserve: 415-561-4958, or send an email to goga_accessibility@nps.gov. Federal Relay Service numbers:
(800) 877-8339 Federal Relay Service
(877) 877-6280 VCO
(877) 877-8982 Speech to Speech Van accessible spaces are near the restrooms at the parking lots for both Muir Beach and Muir Beach OverlookUnknown column 'status' in 'where clause'