Muir Beach and Overlook
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.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: Yes
(800) 877-8339 Federal Relay Service
(877) 877-6280 VCO
(877) 877-8982 Speech to Speech
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|Managing Agency:||Golden Gate National Recreation Area|
|Nearest City:||Mill Valley|
|Dogs:|| In restricted areas|
Currently dogs are allowed off leash (under voice control) on the beach and on leash on the trails. Call in advance to confirm, however; the GGNRA is in the process of revising its dog management rules.
|Public Transportation:||Marin Transit|
|Useful Links:||Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy|
Reviewed by Eileen Ecklund, December 19, 2013
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