Mill Valley, Marin County
4.8 stars out of 5; 1,215 reviews
Elevation gain: 1,151 feet
Trailhead: 0.3 miles down the Stapleveldt Trail from Pantoll Campground
Crossing through Mount Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods National Monument, hikers rave about this route’s enthralling redwoods, ferns, and wildlife, from deer to ladybugs. Hikers can avoid making the required parking reservations at Muir Woods by starting in Mt. Tam. This loop includes parts of the Fern Creek Trail, Bootjack Trail, TTC Trail, Stapleveldt Trail, Ben Johnson Trail, and Hillside Trail.
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park Oakland, Alameda County
4.6 stars out of 5; 1,300 reviews
Elevation gain: 853 feet
Trailhead: Redwood Gate, 7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619, Canyon Meadow Staging Area
Dogs: On leash
This route follows Redwood Creek at the bottom of a lush canyon lined with 150-year-old redwoods. The climb out of the canyon to the East Ridge Trail offers more sun and vistas.
Huddart County Park
Woodside, San Mateo County
4.6 stars out of 5; 663 reviews
Elevation gain: 695 feet
Trailhead: Madrone Picnic Area
Banana slugs and deer are among the denizens you may meet in this beautiful, shady redwood forest within easy reach of the population centers of the San Francisco Peninsula. Hikers like the quiet and lack of crowds, as well as the park’s amenities.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Felton, Santa Cruz County
4.6 stars out of 5; 1,406 reviews
Elevation gain: 45 feet; wheelchair friendly
Trailhead: Just south of the parking lot, which is off Big Trees Park Road
This wheelchair-accessible trail of compacted gravel and firm natural surface loops through an old-growth redwood grove with two fascinating features: the Fremont Tree, a large redwood with an opening in its trunk that is wide enough to wheel through, and a 1,500-year-old redwood that towers 277 feet.
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Guerneville, Sonoma County
4.6 stars out of 5; 425 reviews
Elevation gain: 72 feet; wheelchair friendly
Trailhead: Just north of the parking lot, which is off Armstrong Woods Road
This marvelous wheelchair-accessible trail of compacted soil runs from the visitor center to the picnic area, meandering among ancient redwoods and offering views of Fife Creek. Signs describe the forest ecosystem and its history. Some signs offer a tactile experience.