Boy Scout Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
The Boy Scout Trail ranks as one of the top showcases of old-growth redwood forests in existence with truly huge trees and several distinct redwood forest types. Part of the beauty of Jedediah Smith Redwoods is that it is the single least developed and most pristine old-growth forest around. The Boy Scout Trail has an honest feel of remoteness to it, with not a whisper of modern sounds to be heard. Catch this trail on a sunny morning and the filtered slanting rays reveal a stunning variety of textures and color variations on the redwood's bark. In the fogs of this region, the sense of mystery becomes astounding. This is an out-and-back hike and unlike other hikes, both directions are amazing, revealing a constant supply of sights you may have missed on the way in. It's really a toss-up over which direction is better. The trip to the trail head is an adventure as you walk through a magnificent old-growth grove on Howland Hill Road. Much of the route is on an old dirt logging road that's kept well graded. If you've never toured on logging roads, you should absolutely do it! There's a visceral something totally lacking on paved roads. This one's easily passable in 2WD. At the trailhead, located in a spectacular redwood grove, there's a little pullout that can accommodate about six cars.
Not a whisper of modern sound, eh? As I got out of the car, there was a fog horn just there on the edge of hearing. I could almost be imagining it. As I continued along the trail, it got louder, never missing a beat. As I went, it was joined by traffic noise. There is no mystery as to why this might be if one looks at the map. The falls do drown out all these noises. The trees are impressive and each one unique and rewarding if one takes the time to look. However, when one takes the time to listen, the nearby traffic has plenty of contributions.
Stunning!!! What a magical experience! Boy Scout tree is a little off the main trail- don't miss it! The falls is pretty at the end too
great trail. as you get further back if you have bad knees id suggest walking sticks or hiking poles but it's do-able. very pretty, boy scout tree is very big.
Great trail, nice waterfall at the end to sit and watch while you eat lunch. Boy Scout Tree is HUGE!!!
Excellent trail and views of fantastic old growth redwoods. A very good up and back that starts out uphill to get your breathing regulated and of course ends downhill to get in a cool down. I saw 20-25 cars and 40-50 people and it was offseason after the kids went back to school. Some areas were spaced out enough to be able to see the tops of the trees with the sunrays filtering through. The only downfall to this trail is because of the traffic you have to watch your footing with all the exposed roots on the trail. It was a pleasure to see about an 80 year old couple with their mini packs and hiking sticks doing the trail together If you like this hike you will also like the Howland Hills hike that is only about a mile away. Much less crowded and almost as good.
amazing trail to check out!
Since everybody agrees this hike is amazing I am not going to delve on that.
The trail is 5.6 miles and not 4.9 as stated above. I also think it should be considered easy rather than moderate. Maybe the distance is what bumps it up in class but it is very easy to walk and includes man-made steps for the few short steep inclines.
It is family friendly so you will encounter a fair load of people even on weekdays.
Boy Scout Tree is almost at the end of the trail. You will pass over 2 small bridges and walk another 5-10 minutes. There is a very short steep trail to the right. The tree is 20 ft and visible from the main trail.