Let The Crowds Have Muir Woods

Not that we don’t love that historic stand of first-growth redwoods in Marin, but the parking problem there makes getting a quick hit of woodsy splendor hard to manage, even in winter’s slower months. It’s a lot easier, and far less elbow-to-elbow—especially on weekdays—to visit Oakland’s Redwood Regional Park. Admittedly, these redwoods are second-growth, not first, but even though they were planted as late as (horrors) the mid-1800s, they’re growing up big and beautiful…and did we mention the lack of crowds? You’ll also have less trouble parking: Just head up Redwood Road to the Canyon Meadow Staging Area lot, where you . (Or you can take an AC Transit bus from the Fruitvale BART station to multiple points in the park.) Oh, yes, and the admission fee ($5 in summer) isn’t even collected at this time of year. But for good karma, drop a few bucks in the collection box anyway, okay?

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