Boy Scout Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Boy Scout Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

4.9 miles 1105 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

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.

25 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Great trail, nice waterfall at the end to sit and watch while you eat lunch. Boy Scout Tree is HUGE!!!

1 month ago

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

amazing trail to check out!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

An amazing trip into the depths of the redwoods

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4 months ago

Great trail!

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4 months ago

The beauty of the redwoods always touches my heart...I feel enchanted and privileged with the opportunity to walk amongst such beauty.

4 months ago

Very beautiful hike.

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5 months ago

Fun trail. Lots of people on it. The boyscout tree was fun to try to find because it's not marked on the main trail. Once you find it, you'll wonder how you almost missed the giant! Beautiful grove of Alder trees with moss on them along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail; pretty easy but might be on the long side for young kids. The trail up to the tree is easy to miss, look for it on your right after the last bridge with a railing. You'll know it's the last railed bridge because it

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike! Fairly simple, but great scenery. We went the first week of June and the weather was perfect.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

It was a beautiful and easy/moderate hike. If you are fit like my husband this will be a piece of cake, but for me and my mommy extra pounds it got a little intense on the way back lol but nothing anyone can't do! We will def go again!

1 year ago

Beautiful trail. Started early enough that there was nobody else around. On my way back, around noon, more people were showing up including their dogs which are not allowed on the trail. When you take the side trail to the Boy Scout tree, it appears to split a few feet in. The intended trail is to the right. The other is a short cut and pretty steep.

1 year ago

Enjoed wandering back through the redwood trees.

Great trail. Easy shmeezy...