Tall Trees Grove Loop Trail

MODERATE 109 reviews

Tall Trees Grove Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trinidad, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

3.3 miles
748 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






old growth

no dogs

Nice hike through a pretty remote part of Redwood National Park. To gain access to the trailhead you need to stop by the Kuchel visitor center on the coast to get a pass and the combination to the lock on the access gate. It is about 7 miles up to the gate from 101 and about 6 miles down to the trailhead from the gate. The little extra effort is worth it. The trail runs gently down to the Redwood River through some amazing groves of huge trees. It is about 1.5 miles down, then there is a 1 mile flat loop at the bottom with really interesting flora along with more huge trees.

27 days ago

Beautiful :) Solo hike. I did this on a Sunday started at around 1pm and thought there would be more people but surprisingly there wasn’t!

1 month ago

Gorgeous, shady, sublimely quiet hike. We got on the trail around 12:30 and the parking lot was full, but most people were coming out as we were coming in. We didn’t pass many people on our way out. Early evening might be the best time to go. Don’t skip the loop at the bottom as it’s the reason for the entire hike. It’s full of huge redwoods, lush ferns, and old growth moss covered maple trees. Our kids thought it felt like a fairy garden (oh and our kids rocked this hike - ages 7 and 4).

1 month ago

Absolutely amazing trail. Larger grove at the bottom and a beautiful clear creek. If you step out into the creek area, you can see the majesty of the y’all trees. I recommend reading the board when you first get to the trail head as there is one tree in particular that is pointed out but we didn’t know that as we didn’t read the board till the end.

1 month ago

If you’re in Redwood, you HAVE to do this trail. No arguments!! It’s super easy to get a “permit” from the Kuchal visitor center. Ask, and they’ll give directions and a lock code for the gate you have to drive through in order to get this trail head. The only thing is that it’s a one way gravel road and they’re doing a lot of construction in the area, but the whole process (including hiking) took only 4 hours. 1. Kuchal center for permit 2. Drive to trail head 3. Hike one of the most incredible hikes you’ll ever do 4. Drive back up. The hike itself is a about 1.5 miles down hill with switchbacks, then a WONDERFUL flat mile loop trail at the bottom surrounded by redwoods, then 1.5 back up. I’m a runner and I gave myself a challenge to run the whole way up, and I made it up in 13 minutes! All that to remind you: HIKE THIS TRAIL

2 months ago

Awesome trail!

3 months ago

Did this hike on 5-3-18, nice starter trail to see huge redwoods. You do need a free permit that you can get at the visitor centers. This will give you the code to the gate, that is changed daily. You can search out Hyperion, tallest tree in the world. If you do you must cross the stream at the bottom of the trail. ****A word of caution****** if the stream is above knee high it can get sketchy real quick. Plus if you get across following Tom McDonald Creek is tough because it gets deep with no way around. I am 6' and in excellent physical shape and it was all I could do to hold my footing in the rushing water when it got thigh deep, not to mention the water was very cold in May and the river rocks can be like walking on marbles. Good luck and enjoy!

4 months ago

This trail is the whole reason you visit the Redwoods. The hike is down about 600-800 ft in elevation which leads you down to the grove which is another loop. Plan to walk uphill the way back! This is a must during your visit here. Don’t forget to pick up a permit from the Kuechler visitor center ( opens at 9am). Note that the roads out to the trail are unpaved and a little bumpy. Definitely recommend starting this trail early as it gets crowded later in the day.

9 months ago

Very enjoyable hike through sparse but tall redwoods and would be better done in the summer That way you could enjoy Redwood Creek at the bottom. I was surprised at the amount of guys illegally harvesting mushrooms here. The lock at the gate went bad so the couple ahead of me called a Ranger to let us out so we were able to escape. The trail is a hassle to get to and do....34 mile round trip from where you get the pass. Will definitely go back and do Redwood Creek Trail as planned. Nearby Prairie Creek has much better trails and no permit needed...

9 months ago

Don't forget to grab a permit! I actually got mine in Crescent City before I left the area. READ THE DIRECTIONS on the slip they give you on how to open the lock! Beautiful, relaxing hike. Not a ton of people - so it's a great place to connect with nature. Enjoy :)

10 months ago

First get the permit. Drive to the trail, and park. Enjoy the view and scenery as you stroll down to the Tall Trees Loop Trail. You can also see the second largest tree on this path but its unmarked. Ask about it at the visitor center. It was hugeeeeee. Everything was beautiful. I saw lot of ferns, banana slugs, and pacific sandband. :)

11 months ago

You need to get a permit at the visitor center to access the area. We got there at 8:45 and several people were waiting in line but there was plenty to go around.

Rarely do you get a simple hike with these sort of views!! The hike was easy and we only saw 4 other groups/couples on the trail.

A can't miss if you plan to hike somewhere in the redwood forest!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

You have to obtain a lock code from the rangers station to use this trail. You can also get a backcountry camping permit from them as well to camp off to the side of the trail.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Whew. The hike out is a bear. Great view of large redwoods made it worth it. Quite a few mosquitos at both the trailhead and throughout the trail. I carried our two year old in the pack to save time. Saw a lot of tired and completely asleep kids who were on their way out.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

This trail was our first stop during our Redwoods vacation. You must obtain a permit from the visitor's center before heading out on the hike. You'll understand why the park limits the number of cars for this hike when you get to the trail head. It's a packed parking area. The trail itself is not very difficult and the loop at the bottom has many points of interest. There are benches for those that need to rest their feet. Going back to the top of the trail head after you're done hiking the loop is moderate, but very doable for all different skill levels.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

From here you can find Hyperion. Was tricky, but you can figure it out if you do some research. Be nice to the tallest tree in the world when you get there. ✌

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Awesome trail! Excellent camping along the redwood creek. Will remember this place for a lifetime!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nice trail. The walk back up is a bit challenging for those not used to uphill but is definitely doable.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Several switchbacks down. And then some more elevation loss. The loop is really cool and the scenery is amazing. The climb back up makes you sweat a little, but overall an amazing hike.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful EASY hike and definitely worth the trek down into the grove! 1.5 miles down to the grove and a 1.2 mile loop made for a really awesome hike!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Went in the morning while there was still mist, makes its just a little more magical.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Got there early in the morning (9ish) and the mist was still there which made the experience more mystical. By the time we made out way back to the top the mist had lifted and it kinda lost that touch, but still beautiful.

Monday, December 05, 2016

A wet hike but a beautiful one!! Was in constant awe of all the giants!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

We did this hike 25 years ago and again this week- it is as amazing now as the impression it made the first time. Brought our 13 and 16 year old girls and they rate this as one of their favorite hikes in the area, despite the climb out! Beautiful at the bottom and some great views going both up and down. The redwoods are a truly magical place in my book!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Did the loop after hiking Redwood Creek Trail. Makes a great backpacking trip.

Friday, November 13, 2015

We enjoyed our time very much, really neat place.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Great little hike! Quite a few people on it, especially for a Monday. But it was super pretty and really well maintained. All ages appropriate. There is a bit of elevation loss (which means gain on the way out!) but not bad. Saw kids and adults of all ages on it :) defiantly a good pick!

Friday, May 08, 2015

This is one of my absolute favorite hikes. As a local, I've seen quite a bit of the surrounding areas, and this one is my favorite. I only saw one other couple on the trail which is amazing and rare. You must gain a permit from the Kuchel Visitor Center and receive a password to open up the gate. Make sure you find the access to Redwood Creek! It was beautiful when i went in early April, and was able to soak my feet in the cool waters! My one recommendation, bring water... I left mine in the car but wished i had it with me. :) My mistake. Enjoy!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

You have to get a permit at the Kuchel visitor center and they will give you a passcode which will open a locked gate. It requires a drive through a winding road, but once at the trail entrance, it's only ~1.5 mile down to the Tall Trees Grove and there is a 1 mile loop trail there and also access to Redwood Creek.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Nice short hike - 3 miles, amazing trees! You are going down 600', so plan accordingly.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We have walked this trail twice in five years. It's downhill to get to the Tall Trees, and uphill out; however, it's all so beautiful that you hardly think of the climb! They filmed parts of the EWOK scene from Star Wars here, and I swear you can almost see the little creatures! You can also see on some of the trees the water line from the 1964 flooding. There are stinging nettles in places, so watch out for them. It is a worthwhile trip, with Redwood Creek and the mammoth Redwood.
To visit the grove you first have to get a free permit from Kuchel Information Center, just south of Orick. The permit includes a parking pass and a gate combination. A limited number of permits are available each day, but it's unusual for them to run out.

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