League staff picks fav redwood trails

We asked our team to share their 'insider' tips

Everybody loves a good walk in the redwoods—and perhaps none more so than Save the Redwoods League staffers who are out there every day protecting and restoring these amazing forests. So we thought we’d ask some of our colleagues for some of their favorite insider tips. 

Dogs exploring League sponsored Free Redwoods Day
Dogs love getting out in the parks. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Best Dog-Friendly Hike: The Stream and French trails in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park 

Recommended by Sarah Malashock, director of major gifts. 

Placer Big Trees Grove.

Most Unique Sequoia Grove: Placer Big Trees Grove hike 

Recommended by Adrianna Andreucci, land protection manager, who says, “This is the northern-most sequoia grove and is the furthest grove from any other grove – a total anomaly! There are only about six standing sequoias and two large fallen sequoias.” 

A dirt path leads past a dense forest of giant coast redwoods. Fallen trees are in the midground
All Access Trail in Hendy Woods State Park.

Favorite Accessible Trail: Hendy Woods State Park 

Hendy Woods features gorgeous, wheelchair-accessible trails such as the Gentle Giants All Access Trail and Discovery Trail. These trails take you through the park’s finest old-growth coast redwoods. Recommended by Kate Berry, director of annual giving. 

A man and woman standing on a forest trail among giant redwoods abd large ferns.
Walking the Boy Scout Tree trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Remote Old-Growth Forest: The Boy Scout Tree Trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 

Recommended by Suzanne Moss, director of public and institutional funding, as a favorite. This out-and-back between the beautiful winding Howland Hill Road and Fern Falls hosts huge trees that grow uniquely far apart, letting more light into the forest floor that illuminates the flora throughout the hike. 

Methusaelah Tree
Methuselah Tree. Photo by Dipika Bhattacharya.

Ancient Wonder: Methuselah Tree on Skyline Blvd. in San Mateo county 

Recommended by Adam Kaplan, operations manager, says, “It is 2,000+ years old and only 50 yards from the road, so a very easy way to experience old-growth. The ridge trail extends north and south from there, providing extensive reach into the coastal range.” 

Sunny Brae Community Forest
Sunny Brae Community Forest.

Hidden Gem in Arcata: Beith Creek Loop Trail in Sunny Brae Community Forest 

Recommended by Mitchell Hayes, partnership manager. He says, “On the North coast, it is easy to overlook some of the community forest hikes, which are really close to lodging in Arcata.” 

A fawn grazes in Bull Creek Flats in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Photo by Max Forster
A fawn grazes in Bull Creek Flats in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Photo by Max Forster

World’s Tallest Forest: Bull Creek Flats Trail 

Recommended by Jennifer Charney, senior manager of marketing Communications. Bull Creek Flats is the biggest old-growth alluvial flat of all. The redwood groves found in Bull Creek Flats have been renowned as the “tallest forest on Earth” due to their dense and lush nature. 

Steep Ravine Trail, Photo by Miguel Vieira, Flickr Creative Commons
Steep Ravine Trail, Photo by Miguel Vieira, Flickr Creative Commons

Scenic Outing with a Touch of History: Matt Davis/Steep Ravine loop on Mt. Tam 

Recommended by Georgia Young, director of development. She says, “This is a magical loop with views, history, and a storybook climb up a redwood ravine…a great family or friend outing that is sure to impress.” 

beams of light shining through a foggy redwood forest
Damnation Creek Trail, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Photo by Zack Stanton, @zackatak71

Spectacular Old-Growth Coastal Hike: Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park 

Located just a stone’s throw from the ocean, this popular hike in Redwood National and State Parks provides stunning scenery in the coastal climate. Best enjoyed in the afternoon when the sun illuminates the canopy. Recommended by Jackie Perkins, major gifts officer. 

sequoia park
Sequoia Park and Garden.

Family-Friendly Hiking: Sequoia Park Forest and Garden 

Recommended by Emma Stokes, Redwoods Rising partnership coordinator, who calls it a “shorter and extremely family-friendly hiking destination.” 

Want more insider-endorsed hike ideas? Check out our blog post on six enthralling, lesser-known redwood forests. 

We hope to see you out on the trails!

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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