Muir Beach (the beach) is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and located in the small town of Muir Beach, California. Redwood Creek flows down to the ocean here, but slows down near the beach forming a lagoon, some ponds, and wetlands that are great for birding. There are hiking trails that branch out from Muir Beach in many directions inviting exploration of the headlands. Hike far enough and you’ll find the hidden beach called Pirates Cove.
To find the parking lot for Muir Beach, turn off Highway 1 onto Pacific Way and drive to the end. There is a long wooden bridge that takes you from the parking area to the beach access trails. The northern part of the beach in the separate small cove is a sometimes clothing-optional beach called Little Beach. While you are in the area and if the skies are clear, you should visit the Muir Beach Overlook to see the stunning views from high above the ocean. Look for an overlook sign pointing to the parking lot just off Highway 1 at north end of Muir Beach town.
200 Pacific Way Muir Beach, CA 94965
Muir Beach Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area