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Howland Hill Road is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Crescent City, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 656 ft Route type Point to Point
Kid friendly Nature trips Scenic driving Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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A twisting single-lane road through old-growth redwood forests. For current conditions, see the park page here: https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Walker Scenic Redwood Drive is a 6 mile out-and-back drive to the Stout Memorial Grove. It winds it's way through huge old growth coastal redwoods and ends near one of the largest stands of trees in the main areas of the park. This is one of the lesser known drives through a coastal Redwoods Forest as it is far up the north coast of California away from population centers and the road through it (Howland Hill Road) is not paved and is not well marked, unlike Highway 199. You will be following the road as it twists and turns around giant trees and passes by numerous trailheads which may well be worth your time to explore. Definitely take the time to stop at Stout Grove and go for a walk as it is truly beautiful (especially in late afternoon as the sun shines through the trees). Stout Grove is also where several scenes in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi were filmed.

The road is too narrow and twisting for RVs and trailers. Bring an all-wheel drive vehicle in the winter and spring as the road can get muddy.

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Tony Sax
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Tim Carlson
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Nancy Beasley
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It’s closed as of June 29th 2020.

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Trent Walbridge
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Wonderful drive, I would not walk/hike the road. It can be done in a standard car. Some of the best scenery in the world. Now my complaint .. we are a Jeep family and trail ride often. People need to slow the heck down, speed is posted as 15mph and should be 10. We were constantly turning out so the others could keep blasting by. There is trail etiquette and people need to learn that. If you are lucky like we were to be there on a non rainy day, have a sunroof open or top off the Jeep, it is well worth it and makes it a much more enjoyable ride.

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Dwight Alfaro
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Hiked this from Elk Valley Rd to the Boy Scout Trail, maybe 9 miles back and forth. Starts off with a good climb for about 20-25 minutes then mellows. Completely shaded by some serious old growth redwoods, very impressive. But more people drive up it than hike it so it is more of a car road than trail. Only when you get to the Boy Scout Trail is when it is only a foot path. Definitely go into that.

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Angeline Soon
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Scenic driving

Visited mar 18 2019, roads are open although we saw a sign posted that the roads were closed earlier in the month to thru traffic due to downed trees. Despite the narrow road and the potholes this is my favorite scenic drive compared to Avenue of giants and Newton B. Drury scenic parkway.

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Dennis Slack
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This is a great trail for driving. I drove it in January and there is a decent amount of traffic. It runs alongside a stream and winds through the redwoods.

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Karen Hurt
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Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

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Brian Aguirre
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AMAZING!!!

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Kevin Mandoske
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Oh it’s a dusty road but plenty of turn outs for cars to pass.

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David Owens
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One lane dusty road in summer. Avoid weekend crowds if you want to walk.

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Brittany Depetre
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Every trail you need is located off of this road. There is a wide variety for all skill levels. Be aware that the road has not been graded yet so it will be a little rough until the middle of June.

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Bill Crain
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Scenic driving

3 stars for a spring or winter drive, 2 for summer tourist season. Probably the ugliest, dirtiest drive anywhere in the redwoods in the summer. In the winter after some rain it's even a good place to stretch your legs with the dog once the trees gets washed off a bit. There are some good trails of this road as well.

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Shannon Bernard
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Scenic driving

Nice drive, frustrating that NPS lists this as a good option for hiking with your dog. Lovely, if you want to be continually choked by dust and exhaust. I respect sensitive environments and the wildlife concerns of having dogs on trails, but when I see dogless idiots mucking off trails trampling everything in their paths in the name of vacation photography, and then think about being relegated to walking a dusty roadside with my dogs...meh. Like I said, nice drive. Not so nice for a walk.

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Jerry Y
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As advertised - great way to experience the redwoods. I hit the mill creek trailhead and it was fantastic.

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Corbin Stokes
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Pretty drive through some amazing redwood forests. It's a dirt road and can get a little rough.

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Danny Lobo
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John Goldsmith
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Chad Margason
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Jared Apperson
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LeAnn McClaflin
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Amanda Barber
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Michelle Giovanini
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michelle greene
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