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Mahan Plaque Trail - Avenue of the Giants

EASY 23 reviews

Mahan Plaque Trail - Avenue of the Giants is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redcrest, 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: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Amazing hike through giant redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants. In 1924, Laura Mahan, President of the local Save-the-Redwoods League and James Mahan, a prominent Eureka attorney, took a personal stand when they learned the forest around you was about to be logged. Through their direct actions operations were stopped. Pacific Lumber company agreed to continue paying taxes on this land until Save-the-Redwoods League purchased it six years later. One family's success to preserve these trees has allowed ALL of us the opportunity to enjoy this splendor today. The preservation of redwoods continues though the efforts of Save-the-Redwoods League, the California State Parks and many other individuals and agencies.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the kind of trail that looks like it could take about 15 minutes to hike, yet will take about an hour as you gawk at the incredible spectacle of the Giant Redwoods. It's not so much of a hike as a stroll. I recommend starting at this trail, doing this loop, and then cutting over and doing the Founder's Tree loop, which is (as previously mentioned), well advertised. the reason I say you should include that part is that there is a very informative self-led interpretive guide provided. Slow down and explore this incredible place.

hiking
1 month ago

Use the app. It’s easy to get off track - we got a little lost. Also were bitten by mosquitos.

walking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

When you’re on the Avenue of the giants trailhead, make sure to walk straight to start the trail. You’ll see a big burned out root ball.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Beautiful, short trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Do this! Everyone sticks to main trail so if you get lucky you may have this trail to yourself. And boy will you be glad - there are some incredible giants and forest here and better yet, total tranquility.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

This beats Muir Woods any day! Next to know crowds and you don't have to take a long shuttle-ride to get there. The giant trees hush your footsteps and block out traffic sounds, making it a sanctuary of nature at its finest. There is no more peaceful place than among the giant redwoods.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My favorite grove. Went back to it 2 additional times.

walking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Great grove of redwoods, lots of signs of old wildfires, some fallen trees. Rather easy to follow, but one portion - I think the part that connects to founders loop - was washed out and we had to double back to the Mahan Plaque loop. Informational plaque about the conservationists who stopped logging in the area in 1924

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Beautiful flat trail just south of Founders trail. Enormous old growth giants. If you look closely to your left, you may find the albino redwood.

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