5 Stunning Trails to Check Out in Redwood National Park

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Redwood National Park is among the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places on earth. It's home to some of the tallest trees in the world and a wide variety of wildlife.

Established in 1968 in Humboldt and Del Norte County, California, Redwood encompasses three different California state parks, all inside its national park boundary. Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek parks have distinct histories and characters.

Together, the 4 parks continue around 45% of the world's remaining coast wood forest. In the early 1990s, they were combined into a single UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. The coast redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, reaching up to 380 feet, but they are also among the oldest living species on earth, with many estimated to be between 800 and 1500 years old.

There are miles of hiking trails to explore these beautiful trees. We’ve narrowed down a few of Parks and Landmark's favorites. 

Note: unfortunately, the pups can't come with you on these trails.

Trillium Falls Trail

There must be something in the water that makes these trees grow so tall. Maybe the small waterfall on the Trillium Falls trail will give you an answer.

This trail is perfect for those who want to walk with the giant redwoods but don't want to venture too far off the beaten path. The perfect hike for the whole family, with enough elevation to get that heart rate going.

Total Distance: 2.60 miles

Elevation Gain: 433 feet

Difficulty: Easy - Hiking, Walking

Route Type: Loop

Other Info:

  • This trail is near a highway, so if you are looking for less noise, we recommend going early in the morning
  • This trail has parts of the path that are paved
  • This trail is recommended especially if you have small children

Tall Trees Grove Loop Trail

Ready to experience the silence of the giants?  Then the Tall Trees Grove loop is perfect for you.

This trail will take you into a remote, shaded area of old-growth redwoods. As these magnificent creatures tower over you, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The only sounds will be your footsteps on hitting the trail and the creaking of the redwoods in the wind.

Total Distance: 3.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 780 feet

Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking

Route Type: Loop

Other Info:

  • This trail requires a free park permit to use
  • Bug spray is recommended on this trail

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail

The Lady Bird Johnson Grove is one of the newest groves in Redwood National Park. It was dedicated to the former first lady in 1969 and has since become a popular spot for picnics.

With its wide trailhead and paved pathway, this trail is perfect for bringing along those who  need help with mobility. 

Be sure to grab a few pictures of the giant redwoods on both sides of the trail.

Total Distance: 1.49 miles

Elevation Gain: 101 feet

Difficulty: Easy - Hiking, Walking

Route Type: Loop

Other Info:

  • This trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly
  • This trail is very popular and can be busy quickly
  • A self-guided tour is available using cell phones

Hidden Beach and False Klamath Rock

If you’re ready to get out of the forest and walk the shoreline, then Hidden Beach and False Klamath Rock are calling your name.

This trail will take you down to a remote beach area where you can explore tide pools and look for interesting sea creatures. The Klamath lookout provides a stunning coastline view, so the long hike toward the beach will be worth it in the end.

Total Distance: 7.58 miles

Elevation Gain: 1148 feet

Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking

Route Type: Out & Back

Other Info:

  • This trail can be overgrown at some points in the season so be prepared to do some bushwacking
  • Tall grass on this trail can be very itchy so wearing shorts is not recommended
  • This trail has some sections of wet footing — proper hiking shoes are recommended
  • Poison ivy has been spotted on this trail so please keep your eyes open
  • Bring lots of water on this trail 

Redwood Creek Trail

Want to see all the different types of landscapes that make up Redwood National Park? 

This trail will take you through different ecosystems, from prairies to old-growth forests. If you are taking the trail in the summer months, bridges are installed to go over the large creeks on the trail, but for those taking a fall or spring stroll, be ready to get those feet a little wet, but that’s all part of the fun.

Total Distance: 15.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1128 feet

Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking

Route Type: Out & Back

Other Info:

  • This trail is a day hike, and it is recommended to bring camping gear to complete
  • It's recommended to have at least 1 person with you with experience in back woods hiking
  • Bug spray is recommended on this trail
  • A permit must be acquired to stay overnight in the campsites
  • This trail can be uneven at times so proper hiking shoes are recommended

With the awe-inspiring Redwood National Park right in our backyard, it’s hard to resist exploring all it has to offer. 

Be sure to add these five trails to your list the next time you’re looking for a new adventure. And don't forget your camera because you'll want to remember this experience forever.

Have fun and happy hiking!