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

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!

Beautiful. From the parking area you can go either left or right both ways offer something special. The beach area is gorgeous and there is a large rock that people climb to the top for additional views! I do believe this is clothing optional beach as I have often seen people stripping down. This is one of my favorite local spots that keeps me coming back several times a year!

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.

Lovely, small beach. Lots of cool rocks. would like to explore the trail or hills leading to the beach though. did not take the scenic route.

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...

6 months ago

Enjoyable simple trail that ends up at the beach near Trinidad, Took a few photos but not of the beach. I got distracted throwing a stick in the surf for my lab, Brook,... Nice little stream and a couple of bridges. Way too many spur trails along the way, Found two couples a bit lost due to the confusing spurs along the trail.

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 :)

7 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. :)

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!!

Just completed this trail today. Was marveled by the misty mountainside and serene coastline. Saw some sea lions. Easy hike.

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.

This was an absolutely beautiful trail!!! We walked along the rim trail and the looking rock as well. This trail and rim trail are very wheelchair accessible. We were blessed with a very clear day with no fog or wind and there are so many beautiful places to view. Very impressed and will be back again!

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.

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.

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. ✌

10 months ago

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

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

Went here with our dog and two kids (ages 2&6) very easy trail with beautiful wildflowers along the entire trail. Took a path down to the water, it was a beautiful cove with lots of tide pools.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is an extremely easy, leisurely hike with beautiful views of the coast. You have to pay the $8 entrance fee for the state park (which is good for the entire day to any of the surrounding state parks) and well worth the views and various trails you can take within the park

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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Absolutely love this area

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Beautiful views on a nice calm day on the ocean for a change...

Monday, December 05, 2016

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

Friday, December 02, 2016

Big surprise today... Trail was filled with a film crew doing a Disney movie. They were filming on Ceremonial Rock. Close to a hundred crew members everywhere on this trail. I turned down an invitation to lunch with the crew from a hospitable member since I had another hike to do in Prairie Creek...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Nice little walk with views. Looks like a decent place to camp but I'll never hike here again. It would be good with kids.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

it is very easy. The trail is flat and easily accessible to anyone. there is a path that is off of this one and that one is a little harder. Beautiful view on the beach!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Short easy trail to viewpoint with great views of the sunset.

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