Our last trip to California had us visiting Muir woods, pretty much straight from the airport. A rental car and a short trip north across the Golden Gate Bridge and we were walking in the redwoods. Actually, it was a busy day and we had to park so far away from the entrance, we walked about a mile just to get to the front gates. We were there on Easter Sunday.
This is truly one of the greatest forests in the world. We'd been there before, about 20 years ago (when these trees were much smaller). But we wanted to go back to take our daughter. There are many trails for hiking, but the main trails among the base of the redwoods is a short walk on mostly meandering boardwalks.
It's one of the last old-growth coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests on the planet. Nearly 2 million acres of these trees covered a narrow strip along California and Oregon's coasts. Now only 3% of that remains and only in protected areas.
They grow up to (and some over) 350 ft. tall. That's about the size of a 35-story building. That's just a bit shorter than Buffalo's City Hall, for comparison (if you're familiar with Buffalo's 398-ft.-tall Art Deco City Hall).
I fully expected to see an Ewok pop out from behind a tree. It is serenely quiet (other than other tourists) and is quite cathedral-like no matter where you look. As a matter of fact there is one grove called Cathedral Grove. We took a picture to send to our priest, to prove we visited a cathedral on Easter.
|This isn't us. It was other random tourists. Hard to get a photo of the sign without people.|
|A family of trees grows together over time creating massive trunks.|
|It's difficult to convey how tall they are,|
|This tree had an estimated birth of 900 A.D.|
|Nice groomed paths made walking nice, and handicapped accessible.|
|The hiking trails in the hills were not all this smooth and flat.|
|Many trees look like they had fire damage, charred trunks and such.|
|Maybe we'll get back there n another 20 years to check up on them. By then, maybe we'll have grand kids o take.|