Hikers are stoked about these 5 Bay Area redwood trails

AllTrails users rate these routes among the best

Redwood forests are great places to connect with nature, friends, and family, especially over the holidays. Check out these highly rated hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area according to alltrails.com.


Bootjack Trail Loop

Mount Tamalpais State Park / Muir Woods

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
Dogs: Prohibited

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.

View the Bootjack Trail Loop on AllTrails.com


A wide dirt trail runs along the bottom of the frame through a dense redwood forest. Dappled sunlight is on the ground.
The Stream, East Ridge, and Canyon Trail Loop runs through a forest of young redwoods in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. Photo by H Grimes, Flickr Creative Commons.

Stream, East Ridge, and Canyon Trail Loop

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
Oakland, Alameda County
4.6 stars out of 5; 1,300 reviews
6.4 miles
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.

View the Stream, East Ridge, and Canyon Trail Loop on AllTrails.com


A wide dirt trail leads through a redwood forest and into the background. Dappled sunlight is on the ground.
Huddart County Park offers a peaceful redwood forest. Photo by maverickngw, Flickr Creative Commons.

Dean Trail and Campground Trail

Huddart County Park
Woodside, San Mateo County
4.6 stars out of 5; 663 reviews
3.6 miles
Elevation gain: 695 feet
Trailhead: Madrone Picnic Area
Dogs: Prohibited

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.

View the Dean Trail and Campground Trail on AllTrails.com


Two people looking up into the canopy of giant redwoods
The Redwood Grove Loop Trail at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is accessible to wheelchair users.

Redwood Grove Loop Trail

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Felton, Santa Cruz County
4.6 stars out of 5; 1,406 reviews
0.9 mile
Elevation gain: 45 feet; wheelchair friendly
Trailhead: Just south of the parking lot, which is off Big Trees Park Road
Dogs: Prohibited

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.

View the Redwood Grove Loop Trail on AllTrails.com


Green sorrel covers the ground of a dense forest of large redwoods.
The Pioneer Nature Trail offers a look at the ancient redwood forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Photo by musicvet2003, Flickr Creative Commons.

Pioneer Nature Trail

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Guerneville, Sonoma County
4.6 stars out of 5; 425 reviews
1.5 miles
Elevation gain: 72 feet; wheelchair friendly
Trailhead: Just north of the parking lot, which is off Armstrong Woods Road
Dogs: Prohibited

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.

View the Pioneer Nature Trail on AllTrails.com

 

About the author

Jennifer Charney, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications, leads the production of many Save the Redwoods League publications. She brings a lifelong love of nature to her role.

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