Explore the most popular River trails in Humboldt Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

gorgeous. make sure you stray off the trail to the river.

This loop combines the hike to Johnson Camp with Grasshopper Road and Bull Creek South to make a 13 mile or so loop, starting from the Big Tree Area. Keep in mind there are seasonal bridges, but a fallen tree might be okay for access across the river off-season. Elevation change is pretty steadily uphill, though by no means grueling.

walking
3 months ago

This is a nice, minimal-effort trail. It's short and flat. You wind your way through some nice redwoods. I came here on Thanksgiving, when it was raining a bit, and I only saw one other group of people in the area (on a different trail) so I had this one all to myself. Definitely best when done in conjunction with other trails, but it could also be a solo trail for the whole family.

Wondeful woods! Easy hike, and well marked

hiking
5 months ago

A fun little Hike we took with the kids the trail out to the old hwy then walked back along the river it was a blast

Very nice easy stroll beautiful

I'd definitely do again mostly for the river. we took our swimsuits and sandals and pottered down the river watching fish and skimming stones. Be careful of the algae, avoid areas with a lot in (particularly with children). Be aware there is very little shade on the banks so bring an umbrella or sun cream. wouldn't call this a hike but a nice walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent, easy walk among the Redwoods. Good exploration hike among the big giants, it’s a short introductory walk. Parking at trailhead is limited.

Beautiful, short trail with some stunning trees.
Started trail from Women’s Foundation Grove across the Eel River. Parked and crossed a foot bridge. Although path is dotted on the map, meet up with Roosevelt Grove Loop isn’t well marked - there are three piles of rocks leading into the trees. If you miss it and keep walking, you will come to a second and smaller foot bridge. There is another entrance to the Roosevelt Grove Loop here on the right.

hiking
9 months ago

I hiked this trail starting at the Hidden Springs Campground trailhead between sites 134 and 135. This section of the campground is not in use except on Holiday weekends. It is about 3 miles to the river. At the start, there is a muddy mess you have to skirt around then 1/2 mile of thick huckleberries. I saw saprophytic lilies which is always exciting but not many other flowers. After you cross the dirt road the trail becomes quite nice as you come into some old growth redwood stands, with oxalis and sword ferns. At the sunny cliff be aware of snakes as I saw a big one slithering underneath the madrone tree. There is a lot of poison oak throughout the trail but most especially towards the tunnel under the 101. It was difficult to avoid touching it. There are 4 or 5 switch backs but the rest just meanders. The map here is a terrible reflection of the trail. Williams Grove does not seem to have a trail to walk around on and view the large trees, it is mostly reservable picnic space however the river was quite lovely with beautiful rocks and the water temp was perfect!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful, except people use it as their personal toilet

The trailhead point is very misleading. Go to campsite 75 on Hidden Springs Campground and take the William's Grove trail. After 1km there'll be a sign to Hidden Springs trail. If you continue after campsite 75 to the point that looks like the trailhead, it's a maintenance site for the park and the trail is not used/visible.
But this map is for the William's Grove trail! The end is the William Grove day use area, by the river. I don't know where the actual Hidden Springs trail goes to, because I followed the William's Grove (which is this map).
This trail is cool, I'd give it 3 stars, but the confusion at the beginning cost us distance and time, going back and forth trying to decide where it was. But lots of trees and the river at the end.

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

Magical place: vivid colors, shiny red leaves on the ground, gigantic trees, ancient atmosphere.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

An easy walk around an old growth. Parking is pretty limited but understandable for a very short trail.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

A must do!!!

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Niiiice loop. Had to do it twice. You can cross a creek on the back side of the loop and hook up with the awesome Bull Creek Trail which will take u through some outstanding, more remote groves and u can cross the bridge on the Eel River about 5 miles down and be at the Humboldt State Park Visitor center.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

nice trail to the river from campground... surprised by the elevation... a bit of a workout

walking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Absolutely beautiful redwood grove! A little harder to locate than others on Ave of the Giants. Grove initially preserved from a donation from John D Rockefeller. Gorgeous big redwoods, huge fallen ones you can climb onto to get a sense of scale. Some had fallen very recently this winter. Access to the river was nice, although the river bridge is out. Connects to longer trails if you're in the mood

walking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Small little loop, but didn't see much of the river. Mostly a little creek and too much brush to see the river it flows into. Decent redwoods, easy walking!

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What a nice trail. Very easy. I really wouldn't call this a hike but a nice stroll

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

This is the finest trail on earth. The Rockefeller Loop Trail contains the largest ancient old growth redwoods anywhere. You will pass one enormous redwood after another. The ground cover is lovely ferns, and halfway around you will meet Bull Creek. Walk down to the creek and take a look around. Nowhere is more beautiful.

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

a nice litle loop done long ago

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Absolutely astonishing

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Some crummy patches of road on the way in - but worth it. Nice easy stroll thru some giants. Less popular than the Founders grove- so less trafficked . So quiet your ears ring. A few feet off the trail is a path to the creek below. Worth checking out for some lovely creek side tree viewing .

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Nice easy walk.

hiking
Saturday, August 08, 2015

This is a great quiet walk from town, a great short hike through magnificent forest. Some steep areas and some mud, but overall a great hike if you are staying in Miranda (Miranda gardens was a great place to stay).

hiking
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

More of a stroll than a hike, but what a magical stroll! Such majesty makes a girl feel small.

hiking
Friday, August 01, 2014

Just a simple loop at the start/end of the bull creek trail loop. Has the oldest redwoods in the park so definitely worth a nice lil stroll around.

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