Muir Beach Research Paper

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Every year, visitors flock to Muir Woods National Monument to visit the coastal redwoods. The forest is indeed awe-inspiring, but it isn’t the only site worth visiting. The lesser known – and therefore less crowded – Muir Beach, which is located just three miles west of Muir Woods, is equally worthy of a stopover, either in conjunction with a visit to Muir Woods or as a destination all of its own.
Muir Beach, like Muir Woods, is named in honor of the famous naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who created our National Park System. Muir Beach is a fitting tribute to a man who appreciated and respected nature as it is a bountiful location.
When people hear the word “beach,” the first thing that comes to mind is often sand and waves; but, Muir Beach is so much more. This beach has numerous hiking trails, many opportunities to view a variety of wildlife and, of course, the pleasures of the surf itself.
From the parking lot, you need to cross over a 450-foot pedestrian bridge, which carries you overtop a flood plain. The bridge connects to the beach as well as to several trails.
As with much of life, the journey can be as rewarding as the destination. As you walk across the pedestrian bridge, be sure to take a look the informational placards and tiles on the walkway that
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The trail options include the Dias Ridge trail, which is along the beach’s ridgeline, the Coastal Trail to Pirate’s Cove (1.7 miles), or the Tennessee Valley Trail (2.7 miles). While not so much a hike as a walk up a steep path, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend a stop at the nearby Muir Beach Overlook, which offers a much-touted sweeping view and is a prime spot for whale watching. The Overlook cannot be accessed from the beach but is slightly up Highway 1, with its own parking lot. Please note the Overlook is not recommended for those afraid of heights given its elevated
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