Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods Tree Cross Section

Walk in the Redwoods

Ferns & Moss Understory

Muir Woods National Monument (north of San Francisco) contains the world’s tallest trees.  Coastal redwoods can grow up to 380 feet in height – the equivalent of a 35-story building!  Although the trees are tall, the roots are shallow and extend only 8 feet below the surface.   Amazingly these large trees have pine cones the size of marbles, and seeds the size of oatmeal flakes.  Muir Woods is so inspirational that it was chosen to host the first United Nations Peace Conference in 1945. 

Many of the redwoods in the park are over 1,000 years old.  The cross section shows a redwood tree that fell in 1930.  The center point marks when the tree was born.  The second white ring from the outer edge marks 1492, when Columbus discovered America.  The first white ring from the outer edge marks 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.  The outer edge marks when the tree fell down at 1,021 years old. 

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

One Response to Muir Woods National Monument

  1. Kongo says:

    I love Muir woods.

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