Explore the most popular trails in Richardson Grove 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.

Richardson Grove State Park - traditional destination of countless vacationing families since the early twentieth century - is one of the north coast’s first redwood state parks. Situated in the majestic redwood forests of southern Humboldt County, seven miles south of Garberville on Highway 101, “The Grove” began in 1922 with 120 acres and has since grown to approximately 2,000 acres. Named after Friend W. Richardson, the 25th governor of California, the park is bisected by Hwy. 101 and the south fork of the Eel River. Camping, hiking, swimming, and just relaxing are popular activities throughout much of the year. Fishing for salmon and steelhead is popular during the winter. Richardson Grove State Park is where you first encounter significant old growth redwood forest when coming north. The 9th tallest coast redwood, a fallen tree ring study conducted in 1933, and a walk-through tree are immediately available. Note: Richardson Grove State Park is located within "Bear Country". State Park regulations require visitors to store food and scented items properly at all times. Summer temperatures are typically in the range of 75-95 degrees. Morning & evening fog is common. Winter dips to 30-50 degrees. Rain is common so dress appropriately.

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12 days ago

This is NOT a moderate trail. If you have bad knees stay away.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Most of it is up hill but once you hit the flat and head downward it’s pure bliss and peaceful. I would highly recommend for a work out. We saw no one on the trail. You have to pay a fee for entering the park of $8 cash only.

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2 months ago

Be ready to climb!!!! First 2ish miles uphill in shaded forest. Great hike if you’re ready to sweat!

Trail was a complete surprise . We didn’t read the description and followed the trail up, up and further up to the ridge top. It was early morning and shaded. None the the less we worked up a sweat. It was great to hear the stream below us singing the the tune of solitude, relaxation and release.it was a nice way to say goodbye to our stay.

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2 months ago

OK the trail is in a beautiful place, that said, be prepared to walk up hill for the first 2 miles. You literally will be climbing higher and higher the entire time and then basically down for 2 miles. I don't recommend if you have knee problems. On the positive, it's very shaded, had cute bridges, and not a lot of people.

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over grown
4 months ago

beautiful hike, but the trail is blocked in quite a few spots with tree falls and Rock slides that makes it a bit trickier.

I feel like I was on a a different trail than the others that reviewed it. I hiked in early May and it seemed as if this trail had not been hiked for a very long time. There were several trees down across the narrow trail that I had to climb over or under to continue on my way. At one point there had been a rock slide across the trail which I tippy toed across. The views are quite stunning throughout. The creek is almost secondary to the views but there are some wonderful tiny waterfalls that trickle down across the path on its way to the creek. The creek provided a good audio reference as the path wound through various switch backs up the mountain. The slope becomes quite steep 30 degrees at points. Not for casual hikers. It becomes strenuous closer to the top. Beautiful views and when you pause it is to utter silence. Be cautious on the return trail down. There are some spots where the trail becomes ambiguous. Around that area I did see something sitting peacefully on the forest floor in the leaves some 200 feet below that I can only describe as gorilla/ bear-like with long black hair/fur. I did not stick around to find out more. I started my gps from the welcome center where I’d parked my car. Good thing because the trail does not come out at exactly the place it began. Helped me find my car :)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Got to the trail head w/ my pup and turned back. No dogs allowed ☹️

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The entire tail was shaded. Not much of a view at the top, but still beautiful.

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Beautiful trail I forgot doing with my gf. Beautiful when we did it in the fall with only a few people around.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's not recommended but my son and I did this hike at night while doing a little "Squatchin". Trail was very visible and we did get a little Bigfoot activity.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

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