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We hiked this trail on Thanksgiving Day. It's an easy to moderate hike, with beautiful, striking scenery. It took us just about three hours, with quite a bit of picture taking on the way in, and a pretty good pace coming out.

hiking
25 days ago

Love love love this place! This time of year there were hardly anyone, very peaceful.

great trail! loved it!

beautiful trail, immerses you right in the middle of the Redwood forest. Lots of roots on the trail, but I highly recommend this trail!

We just went directly to Hidden Beach which was a beautiful and easy one mile walk. The AllTrails map is not really accurate for this one, as it shows Hidden Beach much further down than it really is. If you park in the Lagoon Creek parking lot and start on the Yurok Loop Trail, you’ll see signs for Hidden Beach. We didn’t see anyone out there, so this was just a spectacular place to end our day and watch the sunset.

hiking
29 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail...don't miss this one! The forest here was not dense, so the Redwoods clearly are the star. Really stunning. My heart is longing to go back. Like the other reviews, this moderate trail was on the easy side. It shows 875 ft elevation gain but I didn’t really feel it as it was gradual. Stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike years ago and is still one of my all time favorite hikes. Quite easy, but spent a couple hours meandering and looking at the trees

Easy trail with educational stops. Great weather.

Easy beach access, and a beautiful place to watch the sunset

Great hike

LOVE! You have to do this! We went and there was nobody there and it was gorgeous :)

A very nice walk with amazing big Coastal Redwoods and then Fern Canyon- be prepared for water crossings. Then beach and back up into the old growth forest- just magical. We would rate this moderate only- the trail is excellent. Fern Canyon is slow going with the stream and multiple crisscrossing but great. 20 kms all up and 4 hours 43 minutes. A really lovely day out. So peaceful. Highly recommend.

Beautiful hike through spectacular redwoods. We started at prairie creek visitor center and headed toward fern canyon, which is a site to see in itself. Prepare for wet shoes if you decide to go through fern canyon instead of straight to the trail base. You’re basically walking through a creek surrounded by fern covered walls. From there we headed across the beach to the start of miners trail back toward prairie creek visitor center. Overall it took us about 6 hours to finish, which includes stopping to eat lunch and stopping for many pictures. Would definitely recommend for someone up for some adventure

hiking
1 month ago

Came here on a Wednesday @2pm. becomes "off road" about 3 miles before the trail head. Unfortunately, my scion xb wouldn't make it to the head (due to "creek" more like puddle) all the way so we parked about a little over a mile before getting to the head. My friend and I didn't mind at all, it made the hike a little longer. The actual hike was beautiful, where good shoes, and take a camera. :)

Excellent trail condition with amazing views. Unique in that one sees so many different environments between old growth groves and the beach.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! This has to be the most beautiful place I've ever been too! I spent a week in the Redwoods and I made sure to hit this trail twice :)

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Short and easy, but the trees in the grove are an amazing sight to behold.

Awesome for family spent a long time here, great meander through the woods. Snuck down to the river- lots of surface action. Grabbing rod.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning and indescribable are the incredible old growth redwoods on this trail. Initially we wondered why this trail was labeled "moderate" instead of "easy". but, after a few miles of walking over rain forest type roots along the trail, your tootsies get quite a workout! It is a challenge photographing a redwood so it is good to hike with someone to add scale to your photos. I dream of going back again soon!

10/1/18
If you want to mix it up from just viewing Redwood trees I’d say this is a must do. While there were footbridges in place, and well placed rocks/logs, just plan on getting your feet wet. The trail makes a loop and returns via the forest on top of the canyon but I think most people do it as an out and back through the canyon as that’s the most interesting part. It’s a bit of a drive on a winding gravel road through the trees to get here, and it’s a day use fee area (unless you have a parks pass or other), but it’s worth it for this hike and the secluded stretch of coast.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. This is the kind where you feel you got a whole day out of a trail, as we sent 5 hours hiking, photos, and exploring little outcrops. At just over 5 miles if continue past the BS tree and search of that little extra before turning back. Plenty of elevation change plus only came across maybe 30 other people the entire time.

Hidden Beach is a gem!! Easy trail with some redwoods lots of fern and great air!

Very long trail (22km) but beautiful!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views, short and very sweet

hiking
2 months ago

I need to find out why this trail is called the Boy Scout Trail.

This is a fantastic easy trail in the Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest.
The trailhead is located on the Howland Hill road. The easiest way to locate this road is to locate the Elk Valley Casino on your navigation system. It is on Howland Hill about 1/2 mile from the entrance to the park. Howland Hill starts out as a 2 lane asphalt road and narrows to a one lane asphalt road. At the entrance to the forest, the road turns to gravel. As many have mentioned, it is gravel and weaves between massive trees. There are many pull outs to pass oncoming cars but DO NOT get in a hurry. From the Jediadiah Smith Forest sign to the trailhead is exactly 2.5 miles. It is well marked and the first trail head with many parking areas
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The trail rises 480 feet as you wind thru a grove of massive trees. Several trees are pushing 12 feet or better in diameter. Take time and note the small trees growing on top of old ancients that have fallen. Note several trees with lightning damage. The area is lush with fern, some standing 6 feet tall. Notethe moss handing from many trees. Note the different colors and textures in the bark. The grey ones are oldest. You absolutely cannot understand the majesty of redwoods without getting back in the woods with them. They will humble you. Many of this grove stood when Christ walked the earth. Just imagine.

The trail drops over the rise down to a small waterfall. It is running but not much but has a wonderful little sound echoing thru the woods. Stop, sit down, listen and reflect what is about you. You then will climb back up 480 feet to cross the rise. So the actual elevation change for the trail is 960 feet. But it is very easy. It all dirt with some root exposures.


The trail is 5.7 miles long and took us hours just because we took time to absorb the experience.
Enjoy

Beautiful hike and one of our favorites! The drive to it was a bit dicey in a big truck. Great trees!

This was definitely our favorite hike in the Redwoods. It’s rated moderate but was actually pretty easy. There are lots of roots on the trail though, so wear good shoes. The trees are MASSIVE and Boy Scout Tree is just remarkable. The drive in is gorgeous too as you get huge redwoods right next to the road.

walking
3 months ago

I rock hunt and collect driftwood.i had a blast

We spent far longer than expected here! It was a very popular trail. Totally flat after a small paved incline to parking lot. We explored lots of small off shoot trails that were less travelled but still well kept.
Drive in is a single lane gravel road but has lots of turn outs for passing safely.

3 months ago

Absolutely stunning. This trail is rated as moderate, but felt easier than other moderately rated trails because it does not have a lot of elevation gain. However, it does have a lot of roots so you do need to watch your step. The first two miles were my favorite. You're walking through lush ferns and redwood groves. It's just unreal. The trail veers off to the right with a sign pointing toward a steep incline to the Boy Scout tree. The falls beyond the Boy Scout tree was just there. Nothing special.

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