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Childrens Forest Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Myers Flat, 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.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 196 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Tucked between William's Grove Day Use Area and Meyer's Flat on the west side of the Eel River is a seemingly cut-off portion of Humboldt Redwoods. Across the river from William's Grove there still remain a couple of trails, now flagged, through the burnt portions of the forest. Those trails, if followed south, will quickly take one to an unburnt and seldom-visited portion of the Humboldt Redwoods, namely The Children's Forest. Once in the forest the viewer can enjoy some wonderful and essentially unperturbed Old Growth Redwood. The trail back there is rapidly growing over and there's nobody else around...which makes this a pretty special place. The fire was the 2003 Canoe Creek fire. The area is only open between May and September, when the Eel's low enough to bridge.

Park open year-round. Visitor Center open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 9:00am - 5:00pm, April through October 10:00am - 4:00pm, November through March

Mailing Address P.O. Box 100 Weott CA 95571 Telephone: Park Headquarters: 707-946-2409 Visitor Center: 707-946-2263 Albee Creek Campground (seasonal): 707-946-2472 Burlington Campground (seasonal): 707-946-1811 Hidden Springs Campground (seasonal): 707-943-3177 California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543 Humboldt Redwoods SP http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=425 Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=986

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing: Summer: Highs in the 70's to 90's, lows in the 50's. Winter: Highs in the 50's to 60's, lows in the 20's to 30's. Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather. The park receives between 60 and 80 inches of rain per year, the vast majority of which falls between October and May. Rain in the summer season is unusual, but does occur. In the summer there is often morning fog which usually burns off by noon at the very latest. Summer temperatures can vary widely - there can be as much as a thirty degree temperature difference between the extreme north end of the park, closer to the ocean, and the southern end of the park, just 30 miles away. Winter snow is unusual but does occur at the higher elevations in the park, usually above 2000 feet. Layered clothing is recommended at any time of year.

Directions from Running Springs, CA: Travel half a mile east on Highway 18 Deer Lick Fire Station / Children's Forest Visitor Center. Take Road 1N96 and follow signs.

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Jennifer Beres
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The bridge was in place but the trail from the river was nowhere to be found. No flagging, no trail at all, very rough brush to try to get through to make it up. Wouldn't advise trying this until the trail is managed. You can get to the trail from the River Trail if you're up for a longer hike. We did come at it from another way and tried to make it back down to the Eel River and could see where the trail should be but again, no trail- VERY dense brush with stinging nettles. Would need a machete to get through it. The trail itself, once found, is very beautiful.

Heather Ma
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No bridge to cross the river in October. Too deep and no stones hop to get over. Had to turn back after a very short walk.

Linden Lentz
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Beautiful old growth Grove. Easy Trail.

Linden Lentz
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Scott T.
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Gabe Hayek
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Linden Lentz
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Polly Yang
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Nyree S
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Linden Lentz
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Dira Mochtar
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Monica Monica Torres
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Ligia Hemaidan
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Carolyn Moore
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Timo Halmeaho
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Aemie W.
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