Tall Trees Grove Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily 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.

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Free Pass with lock combination is now online only and takes 24-48 hrs. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/talltreespermits.htm 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.

Redwood National and State Parks 1111 Second Street Crescent City, CA 95531 By Phone 707-465-7335 By Fax 707-464-1812

Get the pass from the visitor center. Be prepared for a 6 mile dirt road down to the trailhead from the gate.

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Eric Scoccia
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Carina and Julien Hoarau
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A lovely short hike. As a permit is required, it’s very quiet and peaceful.

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Inbar Yaar
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Great hike! not too muddy after a rainy week

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frank bergh
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Jony Gonzalez
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Great environment and every one around, overall easy hike

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Ayres Gonçalves
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Viridiana Mendoza
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Absolutely magical! It’s like a fairy forest!

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Brandon Caplin
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Michael Cho
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Wonderful

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Rebecca Lillo
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Loved this hike! I must admit, I'm not in the best shape and have asthma, so the hike out was rough. But I took my time and rested on the benches and made it. The trail was well maintained, although we did have one recently fallen tree on the trail that was hard to pass. The redwoods were amazing and I just loved their majestic grandeur. Since you have to get a permit for this trail, there were few people hiking it today and it was easy to stay safe.

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Mark Danforth
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Beautiful hike but the Tall Trees Grove is smaller than some of the coastal forests.

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Albert Perez
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Waking among giants has never been so peaceful. As we made our way into the grove we could smell the rain from the day before sitting on the branches high above. In the grove, wind created rain as the rainwater was blown to the base of the coastal redwoods. Spruces we’re not to be outdone as their chartreuse moss illuminated in the morning sun rays. This is one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Be careful though, your neck may hurt from looking up in amazement so much.

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Robert Brown
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Must do hike in Redwood National Park. Don’t forget to get your permit and gate code before you head out to do the hike. Easy hike with lots of big old growth redwoods.

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Nicole Young
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A nice hike, as someone else wrote I also clocked it at just under 4 miles with the loop at the bottom with an elevation gain of just under 700 feet all at the end. Because of the need for permits, it’s a much quieter hike which was super nice especially in Covid times. Some of redwood groves right off the main roads I’ve visited are actually more impressive (ladybird Johnson, founders grove) so this is more about the hike than the grove IMO.

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Ignacio Cano
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Pretty awesome

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Tj Borawski
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Miranda Joyce
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Gorgeous trail, worth the extra effort to get the permit online which was super easy. Started out mid morning so it wasn’t crowded. Spectacular hike. Even the ferns, moss and mushrooms were resplendent

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Jason Burleson
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Alex Gee
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Mike Siders
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This was an amazing trail, even with a crying baby in tow! To anyone hiking this trail on 11/12/20, I apologize if you had to hear him, he was having a rough day on the trail. I clocked this at more like 4 miles with the loop at the bottom but wow, what an incredible grove of redwoods. The hike in is very easy as it's all downhill but you also have to hike out which is all uphill, though it's not that bad. The actual grove is incredible. The trees are amazing and there's a very nice section along the Redwood Creek with some incredible trees covered in moss. The fall colors made it spectacular. Obtaining the permit makes this a little more of an adventure and it's a nice drive to get to the trailhead. It's all gravel and pretty easy, as others have mentioned, 4WD is not required though it can be steep at spots. I would highly recommend adding this to your list if you're coming to the area and doing the extra planning of getting the permit to check it out. I'll definitely be back next time we visit and hopefully my son will enjoy it a bit more!

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Alexis Nascimento
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Awesome hike!

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Matt Cooper
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Tyler Larson
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Amazing hike into the Redwood forest. Downhill initially, the a climb to return. A online permit was required to access the trailhead.

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Ilona Stobaugh
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Beautiful trail among giant Redwoods. Easy going down to the loop and around the loop, not quite so easy going back up. All in all, moderate difficulty, not extreme as posted at the trailhead. Since you have to have a permit to enter the road 6.5 miles from the trailhead, it was not crowded at all. We saw about 5 other people the whole day, 3 other cars were parked at the trailhead. You will need to apply for a permit online, and it will give your the combo for the lock to open the gate to the access road (from there it is 6.5 miles drive). Absolutely beautiful walk!

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Matt Michaelis
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Awesome except for my 10 year olds whining

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Vachel A
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Jessica Beneski
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I am camping along the creek and through that the redwood creek trail would have more creek access and it *does not*. I hiked it for a few miles in before turning around and then walking along the creek on the gravel bar to find a camp spot. Haven’t done the whole tall trees loop yet, going back after I set up camp

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Shaun Collins
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So glad they saved that patch of redwoods! It would’ve been nice to have downloaded the interpret it information, if it’s downloadable. Beautiful trail.

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Desiree Faustino
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Fun, gorgeous hike! Easy on the way down, def vigorous on the way up. Super worth it! After the loop go to the left and check out the beach.

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William Bowen
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