Cathedral Tree Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Cathedral Tree Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

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5 months ago

Good trail I looped with Foothill. It is nice and fairly level with some gorgeous trees. The farther you get away from the flats near the park hq the better it gets and also drier today..... It's good for most people to do because it's an easy trail and so close to the campground. It was no surprise there was a lot of water to go through on Foothill Trail due to 5-6 inches of rain yesterday.

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7 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Awesome hike!!

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9 months ago

Hiked the trail as part of a large loop fro the campground. Easy to follow well signed trail through old growth redwoods. Great place to hike.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Hiking here, I never thought I could be inspired so much by trees, I was in awe. This place is beautiful. Cathedral tree, Baby Cathedral tree, Lighting tree, all leading to Brotherhood tree and at last, they sky train up to the top of the mountain. What a view, what a place, what an experience.

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11 months ago

beautiful trail! once you get back into the woods the sounds of the highway disappear and you are one with nature. mostly dirt trail...but then you find the section covered in tree roots....i especially like that on the up climb. made it easier to find my footing...be be careful...if you look up ...you may fall flat on your face after you trip on one. haha

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Friday, May 08, 2015

This is an absolute beautiful hike. We did this in combination with Big Tree Trail. The one downside to this trail is that it's not very properly marked. When trying to complete the full loop, it led us back out to the 101. I ended up just turning back around and walking through the Cathedral Trees again which had me still in awe. Definitely combine with Big Tree Trail. Saw much wildlife, salamanders, garter snakes, birds, and several millipedes :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We did the full loop and took a wrong turn but all was good, never really got the "Cathedral of Trees" , but combined it with the Big Tree and was beautiful. Read the signs!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

We did this trail in combination with the Big Tree trail. Very pretty with lots of beautiful redwoods.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful trail through some amazing redwoods.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I imagine other times of the year this trail is crawling with people, but in late November it was completely empty - with only us taking in the majesty of these trees. We did a loop from the ranger station towards the Big Tree then back on the other side of the road. A good 3 mile loop without much elevation change or challenge, wonderful views and lots of quiet and space to take in the trees. Great for just arriving after a long day in the car.