Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve Loop Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve Loop Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cazadero, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until June.

2.0 miles
396 feet


nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve is an excellent location for wildflowers. The hike is easy. This loop starts with the Chinese Gulch trail and meets up with the Phillips Gulch trail for the return. Note that there is a fork in the Philips Gulch trail that is easy to miss - if you stay on what looks like the main trail it returns you to the road, which you can follow (as I did) back to parking. The parking lot is roughly a mile up from the highway. There is parking for about 10 cars. Restrooms are available there, but they are off the road (downhill) and not always that obvious. Wonderful wildflowers all spring!

19 hours ago

Great short trip! Definitely wasn’t ready for it to end. The hardest part is the first hill climb right from the road. It’s a steady climb for a few minutes but then levels out the remaining two miles. Great bridges and redwood circles all throughout the walk. Definitely will do again. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. A few spots were slightly unclear and some blazing would be nice through those spots but as long as you pay attention you won’t have any trouble at all.

2 months ago

An excellent trail, easy to hike, shaded all the way, with wonderful wildflowers

2 months ago