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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 :)

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

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13 days ago

Was not fully prepared. Hike there and back took my boyfriend and I 4 hours. Too steep for us. Would not go back.

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14 days 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!

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15 days ago

I hiked this yesterday and it was a great hike. Lots of cool little information stops along the way with a cool history to the trail. I also took my 5 year old son with me, so very kid friendly. He loved it and even got into the creek at the end. Definitely worth the stop.

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15 days 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.

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21 days ago

Enjoyable short trail. I found the directions from this site to the trailhead accurate to be accurate, park across the road. Mile marker 7.07 is right there on 199, but you can't see it if you're coming from the coast. The parking area is right at Myrtle Creek. Most of the elevation gain of the trail is right at the beginning, and then it runs fairly straight and level, eventually drawing alongside the creek. Some of the interpretive trail markers are missing are otherwise damaged, but some are informative. Number 15 is marked "End" and just past it the trail splits. One runs down to the creek and the other goes on further alongside, quickly becoming more of an advanced trail, less clearly defined with more obstacles. I don't think it goes too much further. On the way back, in between stop 9 and 8 you can see another trail split off to the left and run down in the direction of the creek. Looked like a fairly clear trail, I didn't follow it, but I think it would likely provide access to the creek at another point. Fairly shady throughout. I saw only one tiny flower (in late September) but overall everything was lush and green with a wide variety of plants. Tons of other hikes in the area. This one's a perfect warm up, great to walk early with a big travel mug of coffee.

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1 month 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.

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.

great trail. The views are amazing. Trail is good terrain but lots of tree roots so wear good shoes. All ages can do. some parts people may need a little help. lots of good resting trees along the way. 3 1/2 hours start to finish with a couple short rests the way
Would do it again for sure so much to see. the waterfall was a small one but beautiful.

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

Part of the redwood creek trail was inaccessible because of a washed out bridge, and the rest of it was quite overgrown. We ended up walking back along the road. The Muir Woods portion of the hike was nice.

Good to walk :)

trail was fine. lots of traffic and the parking lot was atrocious. once you got on the trail it was fine though. self guided tour was pretty cool also. this is a super easy introductory hike. take your friends who don't hike kind of hike.

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2 months ago

An absolute slice of Heaven. Yes you must use hiking poles. Yes you must stop every so often and look up. Even the dirt road driving to the trailhead weaves in and out of all the massive-sized trees. HOWEVER, there were wads of used TOILET PAPER everywhere along the trail!!!! Come on people, if you take it in, PACK IT OUT!!!!!! As I said, this is an absolute slice of Heaven; let's keep it that way.

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2 months ago

Great trail for a quick morning hike. A good steady uphill ascent. Took my dog up here to tire him out before getting back in the car. Views aren’t great most of the way but trail is shaded! Enjoy.

This hike is beautiful!! Highly recommended checking it out(:

So beautiful! A must see!

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

nice trail , water very low in river.

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2 months ago

Short and to the point, this trail was an easy one and if you take the effort to drive up to the grove, you may as well walk the whole loop. Tons of beautiful trees and not a lot of people, as we went later in the afternoon when visitors were few and the light was perfect. Would highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

Absolutely amazing part of the Jed Smith Redwoods. This is by no means a strenuous “hike”. It is a majestic 5 mile walk among some of the largest trees in the world. I highly recommend to ignore the clock and gps (neither of which you need in the first place) and fully experience this sacred trail for what it is. Take your time and go early.

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2 months ago

2hr 45mins with 11 and 15 yr old. Measured 6.2 miles incl the falls. Great hike, great redwoods. Roots slow you down a bit but good payoffs at the end of the out and back at boy scout tree and waterfall. Cruddy gravel road to get there. Supposedly the most popular trail in Jedediah but we got there at 2pm on a Wednesday (Aug 1) and parked right at the trail head.

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2 months ago

Good hike, lots of climbing. Not very crowded at all. Not a redwood hike like many in the area so less crowded but a good hike and easy access.

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

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2 months ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

Fun area! Little crowded but so worth the sites!

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