Family day trip to the Muir Beach and the coastal loop trail to the overlook turned out to be fantastic.
The original plan was to hit the trails at the Muir Woods but after seeing the crowded parking lot, we headed to the coast to spend some quiet time. Muir Beach was a lot less crowded than expected, especially for the gorgeous day of the long weekend.
The beach is accessible via a wooden footbridge from the parking lot. After spending some lazy time at the beach, we hiked over to the Green Gulch Trail which climbed up the ridge for outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean. There is also an option to continue to the middle gulch trail to finish the coastal trail loop.
Definitely, a local gem in my books where I would return without hesitation!