Explore the most popular trail running trails in Jedediah Smith Redwood 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.

on Mill Creek Trail

8 days ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

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

This is a fantastic trail! There are hundreds of absolutely giant redwood trees throughout the entire hike. Every step of the way is photogenic. I had to force myself to stop taking pictures so I could actually keep moving along the trail. The coordinates from AllTrails took me right to the trailhead. There's plenty of parking along the road in both directions. There's actually a third trail in the mix to consider and that is called Leiffer Trail. It runs parallel to the road and connects two different points of Leiffer Loop. It's actually necessary to take this trail to complete the loop, unless you want to walk back to your car along the dirt road, which would certainly be pleasant enough. I've uploaded a picture of a portion of the official Jedediah Smith State Park Map. You can see the connecting trail, and though it's not named on the map, the signs on the trail refer to it as Leiffer Trail. As for the Ellsworth Loop, it has a short lead-in trail and then you can go around it either way and then back out that same lead-in trail to rejoin the Leiffer Loop. The Ellsworth Loop is spectacular and would make a great hike in itself. There are tons of benches throughout all the trails so this would be a great hike to bring a picnic or a book or anything else you like sitting and doing, possibly make a day or half-day of it. I went on a weekday afternoon after Labor Day and I only saw one other party. I think the best time to go would be late morning to early afternoon. Due to the height of the trees and the density of the canopy it is quite dark. I went mid-afternoon and wished I had gone a bit earlier.

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.

Easy, but beautiful!

Beautiful trail. Did this around 8am on 8/7 and did not see another person until I was on my way back. The trail is however very over grown and poison oak is ubiquitous.

Epic trail

Easy hiking and connects with other trails in the area.

Nice easy walk with big trees.

Good loop trail with great trees. Needs the road in upgraded. Worth the time

We loved this hike! They are in the process of upgrading the trail areas, but it’s still a great area to hike. Good loops for those who want to get back to their cars. No road noise and few people.

This is why you visit the Redwoods!
A walk along the Giants.

3 months ago

First time at the Redwoods and this trail did not disappoint. It is a little over 4 miles there and back. Fairly easy hike. The trail head is a little hidden and hard to spot. Right after the bridge, but tucked away a little.
We went in July and the weather was amazing. Mosquitos were plentiful and we saw several banana slugs.
There weren’t many people on it while we were there. The views of the beautiful river are amazing. So blue and green.
Well maintained trail with a lot of wooden steps and a couple bridges.

Not meaning to give this a bad review just didn’t
Know how else to leave a message. Further down Howland Hills Road towards the trail head it says “Rough narrow winding road for 6 miles Trailers not recommended” “no turnaround” so we didn’t want to enter with our RV. Very sad to miss out on this hike.

great easy trail for all ages and skill , rolls along the water edge thru some huge trees , easy miles ..

trail running
4 months ago

This is a gem. Quiet and meandering with fantastic trees, and the beautiful creek just downslope. Did it as an out and back trail run (with Houichi) - nice, cozy, runnable treadway with such nice flow to it. Nary a soul out there. Hiking or running, it is worth the journey.

Beautiful trail! It's tucked near the river and the redwood trees are absolutely breath-taking! My only complaint is that the drive to the trail is terrible. The road is very narrow and contains deep holes, which sets driving at 15 MPH.

Easy walking hike. Beautiful trail with tons of redwood trees. Magical.

Can’t ever go wrong hiking the beach sand dollars everywhere

An easy way to immerse yourself in an old growth redwood forest. a quiet forest, the sun's rays peek through and shine on a forest floor lined with sword ferns among the beautiful trees! Highly recommend this stop as this 44-acre grove is considered the heart of Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. Also features a short spur to the river. Watch out for the skeeters.

5 months ago

Walked from the Hutton trailhead (easy to find parking) to meet up with the Hiouchi hoping to get to the Stout Grove. We couldn’t cross the river “land bridge” because of the spring melt, but it’s just as well because the end of the trail before the river is beautiful. We saw minimal people and went in the early afternoon to catch the glowing stain glass effect the sun makes around 3:30-4:00pm.

on Hiouchi Trail

5 months ago

Great views and very easy to walk. Nice wide trails so it’s easy to navigate. Lots of nice scenery.

6 months ago

the trail connects to stout grove but you have to ford a stream that can be deep and fast moving. easy to miss trailhead, right after bridge tucked away

6 months ago

Beautiful forest walk. Very quiet and beautiful mini waterfalls that give the best ambience to meditate. We had the trail all to ourselves.

Amazing redwoods. Seasonal bridge was not available but a giant tree across the creek gave us access. Awesome grove! Take the dirt backroad to crescent city and you may see some elk around the time you hit pavement

8 months ago

Great beach to walk... The beach is flat and firm and being a crescent shape it is far more protected than other beaches on the North Coast. The best in Norcal!

Wonderful, easy hike through the giants. If it's warm out, take a swim in the river! Beautiful views!

9 months ago

Great trail that you hardly see anyone after the 1st 1/4 mile. Quite a few trees down today but easy to get over. Actually saw a trail volunteer for the 1st time. He was up in age and not having an easy time. The trail to Lohse Grove was a little overgrown but doable and pretty wet due to recent rains. One of the better trails in the area...

10 months ago

Beautiful family trail

Brought a young kid w us and he was in awe of the trees and river. Easy walk for all of us. Rained off and on, but there was enough tree coverage to keep us mostly dry. Beautiful place to experience. Worth the drive.

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