The Muir Woods Shuttle lives for Thanksgiving

Image from POP1963 on Flickr

Image from POP1963 on Flickr

A major success story in Marin has been the Muir Woods Shuttle, also known as Route 66. Ridership is up dramatically from last year, and its newly-released winter schedule means it will continue to be a better way to see the woods. Even better? The 66F variant will connect you to the Sausalito Ferry, making it a very tourist-friendly (and transit-friendly) hop, skip, and jump from the City to the Woods.

The first day of the 66F is today, but the ferry isn’t running. You can still take Route 10 up to Sausalito to catch it, but you might do better to connect at Marin City where the basic Route 66 will run every 20 minutes. Keep in mind that neither the 66 nor 66F take Clipper, so you’ll need to bring cash. The only way to buy a fare is round-trip, which will cost everyone 16 and older $5. Kids 15 and younger ride free. The full Route 66 brochure is here.

The real gold is tomorrow, when the ferry will operate. San Franciscans will be able to show off transit, the City, and the wilderness to their out-of-town relatives. I combined the Blue & Gold, Golden Gate, and Muir Woods shuttle schedules into a single printable schedule, but take a look at the Golden Gate and Blue & Gold ferry schedules, as well as the 66 schedule, for more information.

Vallejoans can make a day of it, too. Baylink will operate on a special schedule (PDF) Friday and Saturday, so it’ll be relatively easy (if a bit long of a trip) to sojourn out to Muir Woods almost entirely by ferry.

If you really want to drive, the 66 also drops off at the Pohono Park & Ride. Driving to Muir Woods can be parking nightmare, so I’d heartily recommend against it, even if your family is particularly transit-averse. You’ll probably need to park next to a ditch and walk in the mud or the road to get to the national park’s gates.

And if you need to travel by transit today or tomorrow, has the details on reduced service and closures.

Written by David Edmondson

David Edmondson

David is a native Marinite working in Washington, DC. He writes about how to apply smart-growth and urbanist thinking to the low-density towns of his home.

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