Explore the most popular walking trails near Crescent City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

I need to find out why this trail is called the Boy Scout Trail.

This is a fantastic easy trail in the Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest.
The trailhead is located on the Howland Hill road. The easiest way to locate this road is to locate the Elk Valley Casino on your navigation system. It is on Howland Hill about 1/2 mile from the entrance to the park. Howland Hill starts out as a 2 lane asphalt road and narrows to a one lane asphalt road. At the entrance to the forest, the road turns to gravel. As many have mentioned, it is gravel and weaves between massive trees. There are many pull outs to pass oncoming cars but DO NOT get in a hurry. From the Jediadiah Smith Forest sign to the trailhead is exactly 2.5 miles. It is well marked and the first trail head with many parking areas
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The trail rises 480 feet as you wind thru a grove of massive trees. Several trees are pushing 12 feet or better in diameter. Take time and note the small trees growing on top of old ancients that have fallen. Note several trees with lightning damage. The area is lush with fern, some standing 6 feet tall. Notethe moss handing from many trees. Note the different colors and textures in the bark. The grey ones are oldest. You absolutely cannot understand the majesty of redwoods without getting back in the woods with them. They will humble you. Many of this grove stood when Christ walked the earth. Just imagine.

The trail drops over the rise down to a small waterfall. It is running but not much but has a wonderful little sound echoing thru the woods. Stop, sit down, listen and reflect what is about you. You then will climb back up 480 feet to cross the rise. So the actual elevation change for the trail is 960 feet. But it is very easy. It all dirt with some root exposures.


The trail is 5.7 miles long and took us hours just because we took time to absorb the experience.
Enjoy

Beautiful hike and one of our favorites! The drive to it was a bit dicey in a big truck. Great trees!

This was definitely our favorite hike in the Redwoods. It’s rated moderate but was actually pretty easy. There are lots of roots on the trail though, so wear good shoes. The trees are MASSIVE and Boy Scout Tree is just remarkable. The drive in is gorgeous too as you get huge redwoods right next to the road.

19 days ago

The trail is well travelled. High winds and fog made this hike less than stellar. Gorgeous views

We loved visiting the light house and made it just in time for a tour at the end of low tide. The volunteers who work the shop are very firm on tide schedule and will ensure all visitors are off the island the moment the tide starts coming in.
Met some really incredible locals who said visiting even when the shop is closed to see the buoy tree in memory of crescent city individuals who have been lost at sea is a common practice.

We spent far longer than expected here! It was a very popular trail. Totally flat after a small paved incline to parking lot. We explored lots of small off shoot trails that were less travelled but still well kept.
Drive in is a single lane gravel road but has lots of turn outs for passing safely.

Absolutely stunning. This trail is rated as moderate, but felt easier than other moderately rated trails because it does not have a lot of elevation gain. However, it does have a lot of roots so you do need to watch your step. The first two miles were my favorite. You're walking through lush ferns and redwood groves. It's just unreal. The trail veers off to the right with a sign pointing toward a steep incline to the Boy Scout tree. The falls beyond the Boy Scout tree was just there. Nothing special.

great trail. The views are amazing. Trail is good terrain but lots of tree roots so wear good shoes. All ages can do. some parts people may need a little help. lots of good resting trees along the way. 3 1/2 hours start to finish with a couple short rests the way
Would do it again for sure so much to see. the waterfall was a small one but beautiful.

Short easy hike, not closed anymore.

Easy, but beautiful!

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

An absolute slice of Heaven. Yes you must use hiking poles. Yes you must stop every so often and look up. Even the dirt road driving to the trailhead weaves in and out of all the massive-sized trees. HOWEVER, there were wads of used TOILET PAPER everywhere along the trail!!!! Come on people, if you take it in, PACK IT OUT!!!!!! As I said, this is an absolute slice of Heaven; let's keep it that way.

This hike is beautiful!! Highly recommended checking it out(:

It’s actually about 12 miles if you do the full loop. Beautiful. The creek is gorgeous. Entire path is trees and trees and trees. It doesn’t really have any killer view points. It did at one point but the trees have taken over, which is ok!

Rattle snake on the trail! Be careful

nice trail , water very low in river.

Beautiful trail. Did this around 8am on 8/7 and did not see another person until I was on my way back. The trail is however very over grown and poison oak is ubiquitous.

Absolutely amazing part of the Jed Smith Redwoods. This is by no means a strenuous “hike”. It is a majestic 5 mile walk among some of the largest trees in the world. I highly recommend to ignore the clock and gps (neither of which you need in the first place) and fully experience this sacred trail for what it is. Take your time and go early.

hiking
1 month ago

2hr 45mins with 11 and 15 yr old. Measured 6.2 miles incl the falls. Great hike, great redwoods. Roots slow you down a bit but good payoffs at the end of the out and back at boy scout tree and waterfall. Cruddy gravel road to get there. Supposedly the most popular trail in Jedediah but we got there at 2pm on a Wednesday (Aug 1) and parked right at the trail head.

Epic trail

hiking
1 month ago

My GPS said this was 11 miles. I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Beautiful redwoods and ferns along the entire way, plus Mill creek is a nice spot for a break. Took us 3.5 hours to do it, never saw anyone on the trail just at the parking area. Will definitely do this one again.

nature trips
1 month ago

A great place to find tide pools near Crescent City.

Easy hiking and connects with other trails in the area.

Really nice walk, great for a campground trail

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was pretty dry this time of year, no mud. There is a small sign for the Boy Scout tree that veers off the trail to the right and up a ways. We missed it on the way to the little falls, but caught it on the way back. Nice trail. I’m willing to bet it’s not nearly as crowded as in the Redwoods National Park, and probably just about as good. Keep an eye on the trail, the roots can really trip you up. This took me and my sister about 2 hours total walking about 3-4 mph.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible Redwoods & forest. Like hiking through the primordial period.

good hike to start if you're getting back into trail running.

hiking
1 month ago

wonderful hike in the redwoods! We started about 8am, had the trail & waterfalls to ourselves. Met lots of people going back.. go early! Poles can keep you from tripping on the roots!

Stunning walk with the Redwoods!

hiking
1 month ago

Awe-inspiring hike. Walking among these giants is so incredible. Once you get to the Boy Scout tree, you could easily turn around and have seen all the best stuff. The tiny waterfall at the end isn’t much to see. But the trees on the way are amazing. Hardest part is trying not to trip as you look up!

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