Redwood Gulch [CLOSED] is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Simeon, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


bird watching





wild flowers



over grown




This trail is closed due to COVID-19.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful short hike in, two small waterfalls, quite a few redwoods. Very kid friendly.

Thu May 23 2019

Short little hike in to see the waterfall. Very beautiful! Some other hikers said they got bitten by some wasps (but they were also crawling under fallen trees and weren’t staying on the trail). We didn’t run into any problems! A bunch of trees that looked charred so the fires may have come through this area.

Sat Oct 20 2018

Short trek to the redwoods. Not a very clear trail. But it was nice to see the redwoods not far off the road.

Sun Sep 23 2018

A very short hike to the gulch but it's so pretty. I was very happy to see the redwoods. You can also scramble up some rocks at the end and there is a hike-in camping area too.

Tue Sep 04 2018

when I went there was a small trickle of water. it's a 5 minute hike. Real pretty, but I would recommend going after a rain to see more water.

Mon Feb 22 2016

Didn't realize the redwoods were this far south. Short trail up and down through the redwoods with side trails to the waterfalls. Enjoyed the hike.

Fri Mar 16 2012

This simple little trail can become your greatest challenge once it ends. The "beaten path" narrows and becomes quite a climb until you reach the end at an old stone fire pit on a flat. This is where the challenge can begin. You can either turn around and go back after relaxing on the peaceful little flat, or you can begin to climb rocks and risk getting your feet wet. Climbing over rocks and fallen redwoods you can continue up via the actual falls. It is challenging and at times, dangerous, but one of my favorite trails in the area. You can really only climb up another quarter to half a mile before reaching a giant boulder that blocks any further advancement. An extremely steep climb to the right may fool you into thinking you can continue, but once you utilize it and reach the top of the boulder, you see an even more steep decline adorned with poison oak on the other side.

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