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Best Redwood Hikes in the Bay Area

Best Redwood Hikes in the Bay Area
Summer in the Bay Area means the tourists and out-of-townere are coming. Muir Woods sits at the top of everyone’s bucket list of San Francisco must dos. With its groves of old growth redwoods, it’s hard not to see why. This NPS unit is family friendly and accessible for all.

However, access these days is getting more tough. Muir Woods now requires shuttle or parking reservations to reduce congestion on this small, impacted area. (Foot or bike traffic is not affected by this change.)

If redwoods are on your list, but reservation systems and crowds and boardwalks are not, I’ve compiled a list of redwood hikes in the Bay Area varying lengths and degrees of difficulty that are equally amazing or better than Muir Woods.

Read on for the full list of best redwood hikes in the Bay Area.

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Hiking Big Ben Loop, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell State Park: Big Ben Loop #winehike

The redwoods are always my favorite place to escape in inclement weather. There’s nothing quite like hiking under the protection of dense branches towering way above, being tickled by little bits of rain, and listening to roaring creeks.

When Wine Hiker heard that An Epic Adventurer was coming to town, he made wine hiking plans, lickety split and invited Chasqui Mom (and #outfam) and I along!

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