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The following HIKES have been reviewed in our blog.  Just click on the name of the HIKE to be taken directly to our blog post in order to learn more about the hike and what the area has to offer.

The list is first divided alphabetically by state and then by city.  Destinations in another town but within 60 miles of a city or major metropolitan area will be listed under that city/area.  This will let you know what hikes you can take while in that particular area.  Anything farther than that will have its own listing.

ENJOY!!


CALIFORNIA


REDWOODS COUNTRY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:


TRAIL NAMEBoy Scout Tree Trail

LOCATION:  Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park / Crescent City, CA

LENGTH:  5.6 miles / Out and back

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION:  This trail is deep inside the forest, down a two-mile, narrow, gravel road where you can hear NOTHING but the whisper of the wind in the treetops and the eerie creaking of the massive trees.  The drive itself is stunning with the trees literally towering over your vehicle.  Take the 2.8 mile trail to Fern Falls – where you’ll find a small cascade of water and 2.8 miles back for a hike that feels truly of another world.  And the return hike is even more beautiful than the hike in – if that’s possible – a completely different perspective!  This longish hike is fairly easy with slight inclines, streams, and in many areas dense trees that nearly block out the sunlight.

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Boy Scout Tree Trail

TRAIL NAMESimson Reed Trail

LOCATION:  Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park / Crescent City, CA

LENGTH:   1 – 2 miles / Loop (length depends on whether you do one or both of the double figure eight loop)

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION: This trail is a 1-2 mile double, figure eight loop that is ADA accessible so it is perfect for an easy hike to see some amazing giant trees.  The downside, especially after being on the otherworldly Boy Scout Tree Trail, is you can hear traffic on occasion which some people say takes away from the experience just a bit.  This trail features lovely streams and lots of fern and dense ground cover.  There are a couple of benches on the trail and interpretive signs educating about forest ecology.

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TRAIL NAMEForest Experience Trail

LOCATION:  Trees of Mystery / Klamath, CA

LENGTH:  1 mile / one way inside park

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION:  Hike the mile-long Forest Experience Trail where interpretive trail signs guide you through incredible trees with names like The Brotherhood Tree, The Candelabra Tree, and The Elephant Tree.

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TRAIL NAMEBig Tree Trail

LOCATION:  Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park / Orick, CA

LENGTH:  3.8 miles / Out and back

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION:  This hike is located on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and is another great way to to get out of the car and into the giant trees.  We hiked about 2 miles to the Big Tree only to find out that if we had driven on down the road about 1/4 mile we could have parked and walked just a couple hundred yards to the giant.  That is the nice thing about this state park – there are several trails including the Prairie Creek and Cathedral Tree Trails that interconnect and enable you to customize your hike to a longer or shorter hike.

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TRAIL NAMEDrury Chaney Trail

LOCATION:  Avenue of the Giants / Scotia, CA

LENGTH:  2.4 miles / Loop

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION:  This wonderful 2.4 mile hike is located right along Avenue of the Giants.  It is flat and lush with incredibly tall trees that make you feel as if you’ve been dropped right down into Mother Nature’s wonderland.  The trees creak and moan as if they’re trying to impart some secret of nature.  Be sure to watch the video and listen to their eerie “music” at the blog post below.  This trail is lightly traveled and noted to be one of the prettiest on the avenue!

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giant trees
Drury Chaney Trail

TRAIL NAMEFounder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail

LOCATION:  Humboldt Redwood State Park / Weott, CA

LENGTH:  .6 miles / Loop

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION:  This huge redwood grove is conveniently located off of Highway 101 in Humboldt Redwood State Park.  Its most popular trail is the half-mile Founder’s Grove Nature Trail Loop that features dense amounts of trees that often block out the sun and sky.  Two famous trees are also found along this trail, The Dyerville Giant and The Founder’s Tree.  Although with the highway nearby you will experience traffic noise, this grove offers everything that comes to mind when you think of the giant redwoods.

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