Redwood Loop Trail

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Redwood Loop Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Felton, 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
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

The Redwood Loop Trail showcases the tallest measured tree in the park and the two trees with the widest circumferences. Known as the Mother, Father, and Santa Clara Trees, these famous redwoods are among the most photographed trees in Big Basin. The easy accessibility of this half-mile, level trail allows park visitors an unobstructed view of the Mother and Father Tree, a wonderful view of the Santa Clara Tree (measuring in at 17 feet in diameter!), as well as many other interesting sites featured along the way. This short loop walk highlights the old growth Henry Cowell Redwood Grove. It's a compact, yet densely featured stand that competes with the best of the old growth groves, conveniently located near populated areas and on touring routes. For families with kids, this is a perfect walk. For tourists in the region, it's a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and get some quality time out of the car. The trail is flat, making it mostly handicap accessible and stroller friendly. In addition to the groves, Henry Cowell Redwood SP offers so much more. The park has over 15 miles of trails through a variety of mountain and canyon forests and meadow lands along the San Lorenzo River. Trails are available for equestrian use, biking, walking, and hiking. Fishing is available seasonally; picnicking and camping opportunities can be accommodated too. Adjacent to Henry Cowell is the Roaring Camp Tourist railroad. Combined, these two attractions make for a very full day or casual weekend outing. They work well together, highlighting both local history and nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy hike that puts you among the trees right out of the parking lot. The trees tower above you, it's difficult not to take pictures around every turn! You will see the Mother and Father tree (with signage and a description of their size), as well as a few trees that have been burned out in the middle, allowing people to step inside the resulting "cave." Great wide gravel path the whole way. I went with a 3 year old and a stroller and both handled it great! The parking lot gets crowded very quickly however, even in January! So, arrive early or feel free to continue driving to the picnic areas and parking there. Highly recommend this (or any) of the trails here!

walking
3 months ago

Short hike, but lots of trees to enjoy. Great for kids.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, which gives everyone at every ability level a glimpse of the Redwoods and the surrounding environment. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is heavily occupied, and not especially peaceful. I was almost ran over by a large group of school kids having a race down the path, followed by their teachers who were allowing them. I prefer the peace and serenity of nature to the screaming, undisciplined activities of children.

4 months ago

easy

walking
8 months ago

I grew up across the river from here. My most favorite place to be when I miss home.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail. It's very shady and you can walk along creeks.

9 months ago

very beautiful. there guides that walk around and tell you fun facts or answer questions at the beginning of the trail. very friendly

10 months ago

Wow....while busy and an easy trail...wow. Everyone in the group was in awe. 77 year old grandma down to a very active 4 year old. Love the points of interest. We walked in opposite direction which mean you pass people but are not stuck with same people for duration of walk. Be sure to pick up trail map thay talks thru points of interest. Parking is limited ao get there early. One negative was loud train nearby.

10 months ago

Short easy hike for the family. Wonderful scenery. Even saw a few deers.

11 months ago

Flat. Travelled with 2 kids and in laws and all of them could walk.

walking
11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great for kids

walking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Flat, fun, quick and easy.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

easy!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Loved the stunning redwoods but no dogs is def a bummer.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great. Always good to be among Giants!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

This is why people come to the area. Beautiful trees. More of a nature hike than a trail, as it's an easy loop. Saw many strollers and even a wheelchair. Great for pics. Don't skip actually climbing into the Fremont tree.

hiking
Monday, February 15, 2016

Nice easy walk among the giant trees

Friday, November 27, 2015

Easy, covered trail. Plenty of foliage.

camping
Monday, June 22, 2015

Really nice hike, several loops, accessible from the campground.

hiking
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Very easy with amazing redwoods. Do not miss!

nature trips
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This is great place to introduce young children to giant redwoods. Big fenced in path and a cowboy town next door.

walking
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spent several hours walking the loop. Was lucky to have a volunteer walk with we telling all about the plants and trees. Really enjoyed his sharing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dogs not allowed on loop trail (redwood) only pipeline and meadow

walking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nice easy walk through beautiful trees. We were lucky to find a volunteer that spent half of the hike walking with us teaching about all of the trees and ground cover that surrounded us. Be sure to find one of the helpful staff if you want a more depth understanding of the park.

hiking
Monday, September 09, 2013

This was a really nice hike, taken with the family and a friend. A bit too busy for my liking but not a bad trail for a casual stroll while enjoying the forest.

hiking
Friday, April 05, 2013

It was a fun tail and after It you can eat lunch at the river

walking
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Perfect hike for families, since there are challenges for little ones, smooth trails for the challenged and it is not too long for anyone. There is so much to discover and share, it is a delightful place for an intergenerational activity!

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2012

Just beautiful. Very easy pleasant stroll. Take your time and enjoy the trees

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