This park and the co-managed state parks protect almost half of all remaining Coastal Redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. There are three large river systems in this very seismically active area, and the 37 miles (60 km) of protected coastline have tide pools and seastacks. The prairie, estuary, coast, river, and forest ecosystems have varied animal and plant species.
Karen S. on Ladybird Johnson Grove Trail
What a great trail. Not a hike more like a stroll. Awesome trees
I did the trail from the lagoon to the lookout and back. The 1st mile is pretty flat and has some ocean views but is pretty boring. If you want to go to the beach do it on a low tide. It was a high tide today and no beach at all... The rest of the trail is better but doesn't have very many views until you get close to the top then you have ocean views again. It's a fairly gentle slope and not too difficult a hike but still decent cardio. I also did the Yurok Loop along the way. All the other trails I've done in the area are a cut above this one. 50-50 whether I will ever do this one again...
Did the hike today as mapped with my 7 month old lab that is being trained as a service dog. The trail and area are very beautiful. There are a lot of redwoods but not near as much as some of the trails nearby. About mid way on the hike there is an option to do part along Mill Creek but it was closed due to the beginning of the salmon spawn. I'll do that option in the summer. To begin the hike there is a hill that is .9m long. Along the hike there are a couple of other big hills that are about a half mile and another probably a mile. There is also an easier option to this trail and it can be done from 3 different starting points. As mapped it's 10.3 miles. If you follow the 1st posters directions it's about the same but if you open the gate he mentioned you can drive up the road and park and skip one of the hills and about 1.5 miles of the hike. You'll actually see a bathroom and a handicapped parking space up there. The only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars is you hike on way too many old logging roads instead of single tracks. This will be a hike I repeat many times...
We spent two days in the Redwoods and this was one of the two trails we enjoyed. This is just a short walk but we spent a lot of time just being there, rather than just walking through. What a fabulous place and very photogenic. A very easy walk and relatively few people for being the middle of July. It's easy to find, but parking can be tricky because of the small parking lot. Go early to avoid a backlog. We had to wait in line to get in.