Hiking

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has over 100 miles of trails, offering something for every age and ability. Trails can be accessed throughout the park. Listed below are a few hikes available in the park. See the trail map or park staff for additional trails or information.  Dogs are not allowed on trails.

Easy Hikes

Founder's Grove Nature Loop Trail (ADA Accessible) This is a self-guided nature hike with a brochure available at the trailhead. The hike features the Founder's Tree, named in honor of the founders of the Save the Redwoods League, and the Dyerville Giant, at one time the tallest tree in the world, which fell in 1991 and now provides nutrients to the next generation of trees in the forest. Trailhead: Founder's Grove parking area, Avenue of the Giants mile marker 20.5. 4.1 miles north of Park Headquarters. Length: 0.6 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: Level

Gould Grove Nature Trail (ADA Accessible) Located directly across the Avenue of the Giants from the Visitor Center and Burlington Campground this short loop trail features 300' tall trees, evidence of early logging, and easy access to the river via a spur trail. The trail offers a self-guided system of interpretive signs. Trailhead: Directly across the road from the Visitor Center, Avenue of the Giants mile marker 16.5. Length: 0.6 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: Level

Drury-Chaney Loop Trail (ADA Accessible) This loop trail is located on the north end of the park, where cooler temperatures and more fog create a very lush, green under story to the old growth redwood forest. Trailhead: Avenue of the Giants mile marker 43.9, just south of the town site of Pepperwood. Length: 1.7 miles Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Elevation +/-: Level

Stephen's Grove Loop Trail This loop trail goes through Stephen's Grove, one of the first groves protected by the park. This area was once a campground before the floods of 1955 and 1964 buried it under layers of silt. Look closely-- can you find traces of old roadways and picnic tables? The redwood forest reclaims its territory quickly! Trailhead: Avenue of the Giants mile marker 7.0, just north of the town of Miranda. 9.5 miles south of Park Headquarters. Length: 0.7 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: Level

Rockefeller Loop Trail/Bull Creek Flats (ADA Accessible) This loop trail is at the foot of the majestic 7,000 acre Rockefeller Forest, traveling near where Bull Creek meets the South Fork Eel River. Trees soaring to immense heights combined with a relatively open under story combine to create a fairy-book forest! Trailhead: 1.1 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road, which breaks off at Avenue of the Giants mile marker 20.6, at Dyerville. Length: 0.7 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: 20 feet.

Moderate Hikes

Bull Creek Trail North The north portion of the Bull Creek Trail is accessible year-round and offers a walk through the largest old growth redwood forest remaining in the world. This is the forest primeval, and there is literally nothing like it anywhere else in the world! When summer bridges are out this is best hiked as an out-and-back route, and you may start at either Lower Bull Creek Flats or the Big Trees area. Trailhead: Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road OR Big Trees Area, 4.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 3.7 miles each way Time: 2 hours each way Elevation +/-: 200'

Bull Creek Trail North & South (Loop) A wonderful loop trail can be made by taking the Bull Creek Trail North in one direction and the South section in the other. This loop can only be made when summer bridges are installed, and offers an even better look at the magnificent Rockefeller Forest. The South section of the trail alternates between the forest floor, creek side, and the base of the hill, offering a wide variety of viewpoints of the forest. Trailhead: Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road OR Big Trees Area, 4.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 7.5 mile loop Time: 4 hours Elevation +/-: 500'

River Trail North Section The River Trail follows the western bank of the South Fork Eel River, and can be hiked as an out-and-back route or as a one-way shuttle route. Summer bridges must be installed for access to the River Trail. Currently the section of River Trail south of Garden Club of America Grove is closed due to bridges lost in the Canoe Creek fire of 2003. Trailhead: Start at either the Burlington summer bridge near Park Headquarters or at Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 3.6 miles one way. Time: 2 hours Elevation +/-: 300'

Addie Johnson Trail This out-and-back hike is short in distance but gains elevation quickly! The hike takes you through the redwood forest and to an open area known as Johnson Prairie, in honor of the Johnson family who homesteaded there in the 1870's. The end of the trail takes you to the gravesite of Addie Johnson, who with her husband Tosaldo Johnson settled the area. Magnificent views of Grasshopper Peak and the forest can be had at the prairie. Trailhead: An unmarked turnout 0.1 miles west of the Big Trees area, 4.2 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 2.2 miles total Time: 1.5 hours Elevation +/-: 600'

Strenuous Hikes

Johnson Camp Trail Out and Back This trail climbs from an elevation of 200' at the redwood forest floor to 1600' at Johnson Camp, an old "tie-hackers" camp where redwood was made into railroad ties in the early 20th century. Several old dilapidated cabins still mark the site. This trail is a brand new route and travels through many interesting environments. When the summer bridge at Big Trees is in you will save 2.4 miles on this route, otherwise the base of Grasshopper Multiuse Trail will be your starting point. Both routes use the Bull Creek Trail South as the starting point. Trailhead: When summer bridge is in, Big Trees area, 4.1 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. When summer bridge is out use Grasshopper Multiuse Trail, 5.1 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 10.5 miles roundtrip from Big Trees, 12.9 miles roundtrip from Grasshoppper M.U.T. Time: 4 hours roundtrip from Big Trees, 5 hours roundtrip from Grasshopper Elevation +/-: 1400' from Big Trees, 1600' from Grasshopper

Johnson Trail Loop Similar to the out and back, this option allows a loop using Grasshopper Multiuse Trail. The route is Bull Creek Trail South to Johnson Camp Trail to Grasshopper Multiuse Trail. Trailhead: Grasshopper Multiuse Trail, 5.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 10.7 miles Time: 5 hours Elevation +/-: 1600'

Look Prairie Multi-Use Trail Out & Back This trail climbs from the redwood forest floor, through an open prairie that offers stunning views, and into a mixed old growth douglas fir and redwood forest that is unrivalled in its beauty and diversity. This is a strenuous hike that rewards the adventurous hiker. Turn around at Peavine Ridge or follow the next hike for a long loop. Trailhead: Base of Look Prairie Multiuse Trail, 4.0 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 7.0 miles roundtrip Time: 4.5 hours

Look Prairie to Peavine Ridge to Thornton Loop to Homestead This is an all day, strenuous hike-- leave early and take plenty of water! The reward for your hard work will be a stunning variety of untouched ecosystems, ranging from old growth redwood and douglas fir forests to open prairies to mixed forests with oak and madrone. Start at the base of Look Prairie Multiuse Trail for a 3.5 mile, 2200' climb. At Peavine Ridge M.U.T. head west for 3.7 miles along the ridge top, then head back downhill by going south on Thornton M.U.T. At Albee Creek Campground head down the road a short distance and break off to the east on Homestead Trail-- it's just 1.2 miles back to the car now! Trailhead: Base of Look Prairie Multiuse Trail, 4.0 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 13.6 miles Time: 8 hours Elevation +/-: 2400'

Grasshopper Peak This is the toughest hike in the park! The reward for gaining 3100' of elevation will be 100 mile views in all directions-- at 3379' total elevation a stunning vantage point to take in the landscape. Hikers are advised to be in good shape before attempting this hike, to leave early in the day, and to take plenty of water. Trailhead: Grasshopper Multiuse Trail, 5.1 miles west of Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road. Length: 13.4 miles Time: 8 hours Elevation: +/-: 3100'