80th Anniversary Hike with John Muir

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County

September 14, 2013 9:00am-12:00pm

Space is limited to 30. Tickets: $50, includes lunch. 80th Anniversary Celebration sponsors will receive free tickets to this hike.

To John Muir life was a "scootcher," a grand adventure! Geologist. botanist, explorer, adventurer, writer, philosopher, preservationist and political activist, John Muir lived life to its fullest. His ideas and ideals have never been more relevant than thev are today.

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 we will have a live presentation of John Muir in "A Visit with John Muir," performed by Frank Helling, in Muir Woods no less! Frank Helling adopted John Muir as his "Zorba" about twenty years ago and brings the great mountaineer to life in his performance "A Visit with John Muir - The Scootcher of a Lifetime." Frank has performed for schools, universities, environmental and civic groups, in the national Parks and for special events throughout California.

Meet at Muir Woods National Park Headquarters at 9:00am, we will wait here until the first shuttle arrives at 9:20. Look for someone holding a Sierra Club sign to welcome you.



  • Entrance Fee for Muir Woods.
  • Lunch at 11:00am
    • Main Lunch Options 
      • Turkey and White cheddar Sandwich on 9-grain bread
      • Chicken salad sandwich on 9-grain bread
      • Contact loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org if you would prefer either of the following instead:
        • Citris and cilantro hummus sandwhich on 9-grain bread
        • Mixed greens salad (you can add tuna or chicken)
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Assorted Cookies
    • Pomegranate or Blackberry Izzy Sodas


  • $5 for the shuttle/person - If you choose to take the shuttle
  • 1 liter of water
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Wear Layers
  • Sun Protection



An active adventurer and naturalist himself, Frank has devoted much of his life to 'sauntering" in Muir's footsteps. He has back-packed, hiked and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii and the deserts of the American Southwest. He has worked as a ranger/naturalist in Kings Canyon Natural Park and a professional wilderness instructor for Summit Expedition, a Christian Outward Bound school. As an environmental activist Frank has served as program chair, conservation chair, environmental education chair and on the executive committee for the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Active in education for 25 vears Frank has taught elementary school through college. He helped develop Pleasanton School District's resident outdoor education program, worked with California Migrant Education's outdoor schools and has taken children backpacking, canoeing and whitewater rafting with Harmony Expeditions. He taught environmental education awareness in the California Department of Education's program "Opening Doors to the World" and has recently been leading environmental education workshops for teachers.

Frank has served as chairperson for the Northern California section of the Association for Outdoor and Environmental Education. He is also a member of the Christian Wilderness Leaders Coalition, the Association for Experiential Education and the Institute for Earth Education. His programs tell the Muir story in a riveting first-person account.




Muir Woods is the closest place to San Francisco where visitors can see an old-growth stand of coastal redwood trees, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Proclaimed by President Theodore Roosevelt as the country's seventh national monument in 1917, it was the first created from privately owned land, donated by conservationist William Kent. Muir Woods website here

The park is cool, shaded and moist year round. Daytime temperatures at Muir Woods average between 40 and 70 degrees Farenheit. Be prepared for rain if visiting the park between October through May.



Driving There

Parking is limited so you may want to arrive 15-20 min before 9am to find a spot

Muir Woods is located 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/ Stinson Beach Exit. Follow the signs to Muir Woods. Roads to the park are steep and winding. Vehicles over 35 feet long are prohibited. Parking space is very limited and fills quickly on most days. For an interactive map, please visit maps.google.com/maps and type in Muir Woods National Monument. 

From San Francisco, Peninsula, or South Bay to Muir Woods (1 hr from Redwood City, 1.5 hours from San Jose)  

  1. Take Highway 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  2. Exit Highway 1/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  3. Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.Drive about 2.7 miles.
  4. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
  5. Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  6. Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The Muir Woods parking lot will be at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right.

TIP: Muir Woods National Monument does not have a street address of the type used by search engines such as mapquest and yahoo maps. Because of this, map searches often direct people to the center of a zip code, which in the case of Muir Woods is several miles away. Always look at the map carefully to see if the destinations are actually labeled Muir Woods. Sometimes the address works, and sometimes it doesn't. Please be aware of this when using a map search engine. Try these "street" names as alternatives to "Muir Woods National Monument" that have worked for users in the past: "Muir Woods Trail," "Muir Woods," "Frank Valley Rd"


Taking the Muir Woods Shuttle

Summer is Muir Woods' most busiest of months, especially on Saturdays. Parking and traffic congestion on roads leading to the national park can be difficult. The Muir Woods Shuttle provides a stress free ride to within steps to the Muir Woods entrance. The Muir Woods Shuttle Route 66 starts at the Pohono Street Park & Ride at 9:00am and departs every 20 minutes, please plan to arrive at 8:45am just in case. For the schedule, bus stops, and fees, click here or visit marintransit.org. The round-trip fare is $5 per person, 16 years and older. Children 15 years and younger are free. Pay at the Muir Woods Visitor Center for your shuttle fare ($5). Retain your receipt and show the driver to re-board the shuttle for your ride back to the parking lot or ferry. More details here.