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This park and the co-managed state parks protect almost half of all remaining Coastal Redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. There are three large river systems in this very seismically active area, and the 37 miles (60 km) of protected coastline have tide pools and seastacks. The prairie, estuary, coast, river, and forest ecosystems have varied animal and plant species.

Gorgeous, shady, sublimely quiet hike. We got on the trail around 12:30 and the parking lot was full, but most people were coming out as we were coming in. We didn’t pass many people on our way out. Early evening might be the best time to go. Don’t skip the loop at the bottom as it’s the reason for the entire hike. It’s full of huge redwoods, lush ferns, and old growth moss covered maple trees. Our kids thought it felt like a fairy garden (oh and our kids rocked this hike - ages 7 and 4).

on Klamath Overlook

1 day ago

this is a great little hike to see the ocean hand if it's not foggy the river. steep up and down for less than a mile. but when you get to the Overlook the stairs to climb up are in very bad shape. regardless well worth the hike.

Fun easy trail. Great views, especially at sunset.

Number one favorite trail to take non hikers so they can still get a sense of walking through the majestic giant Redwoods. Beautifully maintained. Crowded in summer. Pit toilets at parking.

Views from Bald Hills Road are panoramic. In Spring when the purple lupine bloom it’s a highway of photographers and artists setting up easels. Hike to Lyons Ranch is dirt road. The historic ranch buildings are being preserved to ponder what life was like for the many mixed race families before electricity, cars, plumbing.

Absolutely amazing trail. Larger grove at the bottom and a beautiful clear creek. If you step out into the creek area, you can see the majesty of the y’all trees. I recommend reading the board when you first get to the trail head as there is one tree in particular that is pointed out but we didn’t know that as we didn’t read the board till the end.

If you’re in Redwood, you HAVE to do this trail. No arguments!! It’s super easy to get a “permit” from the Kuchal visitor center. Ask, and they’ll give directions and a lock code for the gate you have to drive through in order to get this trail head. The only thing is that it’s a one way gravel road and they’re doing a lot of construction in the area, but the whole process (including hiking) took only 4 hours. 1. Kuchal center for permit 2. Drive to trail head 3. Hike one of the most incredible hikes you’ll ever do 4. Drive back up. The hike itself is a about 1.5 miles down hill with switchbacks, then a WONDERFUL flat mile loop trail at the bottom surrounded by redwoods, then 1.5 back up. I’m a runner and I gave myself a challenge to run the whole way up, and I made it up in 13 minutes! All that to remind you: HIKE THIS TRAIL

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike through prairies and oak woodlands. We stopped to watch elk below us in the tall grass. We explored all of the buildings and had a nice lunch before strolling back to the trailhead. We were the only people on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

It is an easy walk for all abilities. The trees were not as big as we expected as this is not one of those forests. It was not crowded as we only saw two other people when we hiked it, on a Friday afternoon. We hiked the Boy Scout Tree Trail the next day. That trail is much more impressive!

camping
1 month ago

Backpacked this on 5/5-5/6, the trail was closed at that time so we took the long way to Elam Camp, we did the Orick Horsetrail which was 8 mile in 8 miles out, the trail was super gorgeous surrounded by some of the tallest trees in the world! Definitely a bucket list for backpacking. I would love to do this trail every chance i get. Only reason why i gave it a 4 instead of a 5, was that redwood was closed so we had to hike alot of extra miles, that being said i still would do this trip again! Stop by snack shack and get a elk burger after.

We drove from Texas to hike this trail. Great setting with giant trees in a rain forest and the Pacific Ocean. The hidden beach a half mile from trail head is a bonus. Beautiful.

Did the shorter version of this trail from the trailhead to the creek which is only a bit over 3 miles round trip. Nice easy walk through the trees with the ability to head down to the water’s edge still.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful little hike and a good taste of Redwood National Parks. But there are much better trails to see!

Awesome trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk through a magical place. Walked with 3 little ones who loved the informative brochure that you can borrow at the beginning of the hike.

The trail is great until the last 1/3 of the route where it becomes narrow and overgrown with weeds and grass. The path down to the lookout is steep and has rebar sticking up so watch out! The views are mostly hidden by trees but you can hear the ocean and the sea lions. Of coarse the lookout is usually awesome pending fog and clouds. Be in shape the make the entire 9 + mile hike from the Yurok loop trailer head. It is easy turning to moderate + at the end.

Amazing and beautiful!

Did this hike on 5-3-18, nice starter trail to see huge redwoods. You do need a free permit that you can get at the visitor centers. This will give you the code to the gate, that is changed daily. You can search out Hyperion, tallest tree in the world. If you do you must cross the stream at the bottom of the trail. ****A word of caution****** if the stream is above knee high it can get sketchy real quick. Plus if you get across following Tom McDonald Creek is tough because it gets deep with no way around. I am 6' and in excellent physical shape and it was all I could do to hold my footing in the rushing water when it got thigh deep, not to mention the water was very cold in May and the river rocks can be like walking on marbles. Good luck and enjoy!

Walked this in Feb. 2017. Lots of big trees and ferns. Nothing bad to say. This is a walk most people can do.

Walked it today in the rain with 4 little kids. It was so peaceful and the kids had a blast going inside of trees!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Can I bike here? or at any of following trails:
Short trails:

2-Skunk Cabbage Trail, 10.5 mi - Coastal Trail
3- Lady Bird's Johnson Grove Trail, 1.5 Mi - Magnificent
4-West ridge trail 7 mi
5- Prairie Creek Trail (Trail#1 2.9 Mi) - (Trail#2 4.3Mi - most scenic trail).Magnificent

walking
3 months ago

Visited in September of 2015. Beautiful for a nice easy stroll through these amazing trees. Perfect for all ages and skill levels. I’d definitely recommend grabbing one of the info brochures to read about the history and interesting facts. Overall, an easy way to experience the redwoods and honor one of the great women in our country’s history!

3 months ago

Poorly maintained with numerous fallen logs and an eroding path at several portions but still beautiful hike through Pacific rainforest with ocean on the other side. A couple of amazing vistas and a fun hidden beach but the extent of the forest often chokes off your views even high up.

This trail is the whole reason you visit the Redwoods. The hike is down about 600-800 ft in elevation which leads you down to the grove which is another loop. Plan to walk uphill the way back! This is a must during your visit here. Don’t forget to pick up a permit from the Kuechler visitor center ( opens at 9am). Note that the roads out to the trail are unpaved and a little bumpy. Definitely recommend starting this trail early as it gets crowded later in the day.

backpacking
5 months ago

We did this trail when the two foot bridges were down. We were able to cross the river easily at the parking lot side of the trail. the river at the tall trees section was a little sketchy. success! tall trees was great.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy stroll through tons of redwoods. Grab the trail map for a self guided tour and info on the history. Best time to go is February, no crowds.

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively easy and short hike. Beautiful introduction to the Redwoods for me. would be awesome for kids or people who aren't fit.

Wonderful hike to Hidden Beach! We arrived at sunset, and we're the only people on the beach. The trail was lightly trafficked.

Great smooth hike ! Short but beautiful!
Perfect stop on our way back from Portland to San Francisco. Easy and prefect nature break before to head back to the city!

Very enjoyable hike through sparse but tall redwoods and would be better done in the summer That way you could enjoy Redwood Creek at the bottom. I was surprised at the amount of guys illegally harvesting mushrooms here. The lock at the gate went bad so the couple ahead of me called a Ranger to let us out so we were able to escape. The trail is a hassle to get to and do....34 mile round trip from where you get the pass. Will definitely go back and do Redwood Creek Trail as planned. Nearby Prairie Creek has much better trails and no permit needed...

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