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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 656 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

scenic driving


bird watching

ohv / off road driving




wild flowers


A twisting single-lane road through old-growth redwood forests. 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.

21 days ago

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.

scenic driving
6 months ago

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.

off road driving
over grown
8 months ago

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Thursday, July 19, 2018

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.

scenic driving
Monday, September 19, 2016

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.

Friday, March 18, 2016

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

scenic driving
Monday, July 28, 2014

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

off road driving
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