A little bit of everything .... you will want to saunter this trail and strain your neck looking up at great Giants along the way ... can make you feel quite small ... and humbled in the presence of these 2000 year old trees .... worth the time and energy to experience it .... the river sections would be amazing when the water is running but beautiful non the less ...

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

Our longest hike of our trip. Not at it's best in summer (August). Slightly tough to find the start of as not well sign posted but turn left at the bridge and pass the Tall Tree then turn left at the junction (I think sign posted Bulls Creek) to start.

This hike was long - took about 2.5 hours to get to the top and the scenary was fairly samey. Thick growth all one colour. many creeks but they were accompanied by wasps, bees, and mosquitos.

We we're hoping for some cabins along the way but there is only two (one standing) at the top of the trail. There is a toilet and camp area too which was great, however the amount of mosquitos meant we couldn't stay to sit and rest.

Instead we took a gamble and decided to create a loop with the Grasshopper trail as this one was less interesting than hoped. We'd probably suggest not doing that as it's similar to this trail but on a fire road.

I could see this being a fun hike in spring or fall when there is colour or lots of vegetation. by the end, I was more interested in if I'd hot 35k steps then on the scenery.

For a long walk I'd suggest the Bulls Creek North and South (which we also did). Almost the same distance but found it to be more interesting and have fun places on the river to stop for lunch and rest.

1 month ago

Wonderful hike! Enjoyed the loop even with temperatures in 90s.

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2 months ago

Beautiful 10-mile loop among the big trees with lots of different scenery. Relatively easy.

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3 months ago

Most beautiful portion is the first mile through the old growth.

Gorgeous trail with lots of variable scenery and great redwoods. By our GPS watches, it was approximately 9 miles in just under 4 hours while using the AllTrails map. Mid-June had plenty of poison oak along the trail, so be sure you can identify it before you get out there.

Great hike! Did it in earlier April and the weather was perfect. Make sure to bring bug repellent as the rain is just now letting up. Easy to moderate to hard in all different areas. Came across “The Giant Tree” and was it a site to behold. Only came across 5 people and one of them was on horseback. Saw and heard lots of wildlife. I’ve lived here in Humboldt County my whole life and grew up in these redwoods, and still 32 years on and I’m amazed every single time I come to these forests. The rivers and creeks were nice and full and flowing dangerously fast so be careful around the water. I filled up my bag with water from the Eel river and ran it through my filter and filled my canteen and it’s some of the best tasting, coldest water I’ve ever had. Definitely make sure to bring water and have a full charge on your phone because it is a long hike. I brought some camping gear in my backpack just in case I was going to hunker down for the night. I also saw some large bear tracks. I had such an amazing day and recommend this to any advanced/moderate hiker.

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7 months ago

This is the best hike I have ever had in the redwoods. Amazing trees, mid 40s in February, light rainfall.

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7 months ago

A truly beautiful trail in the redwoods! Giants all around you for the entire hike and a beautiful, easy meander next to the Eel River. However, the mileage is severely under reported on this site. I tracked the entire loop, and with a very small detour of maybe .5 miles, the entire hike came to 11.75 miles. So the entire loop is at least 11 miles. The south side is much better than the north, so I would suggest taking that one if you're going to do an out-and-back. There is a lack of signage on this trail which can make it a bit annoying. The path is fairly clear, but you have no idea how far you've gone or how close you are to the river crossings.

The foot bridge was not set up when we got there, but turning around and going back on the south side would have extended our hike even longer than it was, so my boyfriend was nice enough to carry me on his back across the river (twice!) since there was no good way to ford it without getting soaked.

On the north end, the trail comes very close to the road and at some points you are forced to walk on the road because the trail to the side of it is unclear. Eventually you poke back into the woods and reach the part where you cross over back to the south side.

Overall, I think it was a wonderful experience and luckily we're in good enough shape to hike that far, but just take my warnings into consideration when planning your hike.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Redwoods were amazing here. There was a pretty stream right next to it.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

This hike is absolutely beautiful- I highly recommend it! We only passed maybe 4 other people while out on the loop- very quiet and peaceful. Mixed terrain was nice. The only tricky part is the signs are not very clear. It was a little confusing getting off the Big Trees Loop trail and onto the Bull Creek Trail South (we somehow hiked toward the horse farm for a bit). Just make sure to only take the one trail that is well marked "bull creek trail south." We parked at Blue Slide Day use area and hiked the loop starting west.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike. We started at Albee Creek Campsite and took a detour along the homestead trail on the way back - a total of nine miles, about five hours. We did have to climb over a tree and cut through vegetation to go around another tree that was fallen. One of the most enchanting forests I've ever been in. Unfortunately, my phone died early in and I didn't get many photos. I also didn't think to bring insect repellant which is definitely needed. I would love to do this again someday and venture out on some of the other trails.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

So glad I hiked this trail as it takes you thru a handful of backcountry groves that most people do not get to experience. My favorite was the John Scott Douglas grove. Not only is the scenery amazing but the trail is the softest most padded that I have ever walked on. Bridge was out so had to wade across the Eel River to get to the trail. It so quiet on this trail and the creeks were in full display. I just dipped my cup as I crossed them and drank strait from the source. I saw and did everything possible while at Humboldt SP and loved it all but if I had to pick one single element that sticks out in my mind of those three days it would have to be this trail. So cool and dark and beautiful all at the same time. Saw a rare banana slug in this trail. It had softly rained all night before giving the majestic redwoods a whole new look as they glistened. Get away from the crowds and hike this easy trail people. You will be glad you did.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Nice and easy 9 mile hike. Shady. Massive trees. No vigorous ups and downs. We went in August, would have been nice earlier in the summer. Virtually all of the "creeks" we're dried up.

Friday, April 03, 2015

When you drive and hike around you feel so small next to these giant trees.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beautiful trail through the redwoods following the river. Yes signage was lacking but it was easy to navigate. One part did take you to the road then you could only hear it in the distance.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Beautiful but as noted by another, signage is seriously lacking on this trail. We did get quite a few glimpses of wildlife but it was probably because we were approaching early bird dinner time when we were ending our trail.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

As other people have mentioned, this is not a 13 mile trail. It's around 9 miles and should only take 4 hours (if not less) to hike it. It's easy terrain and absolutely beautiful. The weekend I went I saw only a handful of people on the trail.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beautiful! Bridges are seasonal but you can call Humboldt Redwoods State parks (707-946-1811) and get the low down on when they plan to put them in. Can be quite damp in wet season, which is long. Seems to be raining from Oct to late April or early May. But hey, that what makes it soooo lush in there! Bring layers and lots of socks. Bear country and has a "cat" as of 05/13. lots of great photo ops

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Great hike. One issue is that they have bridges that are taken down as of when I was here mid march. No dogs allowed on trails. Pretty awesome trees and worth it.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

I don't think that this trail is 13 miles. I think my friend and I did the loop and the ranger told us that it's only 9 miles.

The trail is flat and very beautiful. You will hiking through tall trees the entire time that leave almost no room for the sun to touch you. You'll pretty much be in awe the entire time because of how big and tall the trees are!

The loop is a bit hard to follow at about half way point due to the lack of sign. We basically had to get off trail and walk on the road at one point, but it was a fun experience nonetheless.

There were no one else on the trail. It seemed like people who camped at humbolt just wanted to lounge around. The trail will take you to the rockefeller forest loop, which has the oldest and biggest trees in the park.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Really nice and easy trail in the Avenue of the Giants, of Humbolt Redwoods State Park.

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