7 Best Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks Overview

Home to the tallest trees on the planet, the Redwood National and State Parks have a lot to offer visitors. Located in northern California near the Oregon border, 40 miles of coastline and numerous old growth forests are waiting to be explored with plenty of great hiking trails. Below we have outlined the 7 best hikes in Redwood National and State Parks but any stroll through the redwood forests will leave you breathless as you take in the majesty of the immense trees.

Nearest Metro AreaRedding, CA
Area Size133,000 acres
EstablishedOctober 2, 1968
Hiking Trails200 miles

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Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Best Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks

James Irvine – Miners Ridge Loop
Crossing James Irvine / Miner's Ridge Trail
Crossing James Irvine / Miner’s Ridge Trail, Photo by David Fulmer

Don’t let the distance intimidate you, this hike has it all and will be one of the memories of this national park that you’ll never forget. Combining several trails, the loop includes dense redwood forests, coastal bluffs, and Fern Canyon. Stop by the Visitor Center for help planning your trek, and to find places to camp along the way. The trailhead is next to the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

  • 12.8 mile loop
  • 1500′ elevation gain
  • Strenuous
Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Photo by Ka!zen

Grab a brochure before you hike this short self-guiding loop to learn more about this place’s rich history. This trail is extremely popular and will likely be crowded but the beauty and majesty will leave you in awe, no matter what time of the year you go. The trailhead is off of Bald Hills Road, 2 miles from Highway 101.

  • 1.3 mile loop
  • 50′ elevation gain
  • Easy
Stout Memorial Grove Trail
Stout Memorial Grove
Stout Memorial Grove, Photo by Mike

Simple loop trail through colossal giants allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the area. Easily one of the best short hikes in Redwood if you’re not able to tackle some of the more intense trails. The trailhead is on the north side of the park, accessed from the Jedediah Smith State Park Campground.

  • 0.5 mile loop
  • 200′ elevation gain
  • Easy
Damnation Creek Trail
Damnation Creek Trail
Damnation Creek Trail, Photo by Mike

Near the 0.5 mile mark, the trail descends 1000′ steeply through the forest to the beach below. You’ll be amazed by the coastal redwoods and how otherworldly this area is. Tough trail but definitely worth the effort. The trailhead is next to mile marker 16 on Highway 101.

  • 3.7 miles out and back
  • 1100′ elevation gain
  • Strenuous
Tall Trees Trail
Tall trees
Tall trees, Photo by Andrew Malone

Perfect trail in which to visit some of the park’s natural giants. Getting to the trail is a challenge and a free permit from the Visitor Center is required but all worthwhile. The trailhead is off Bald Hills Road, 14 miles from Highway 101.

  • 4.0 mile loop
  • 800′ elevation gain
  • Moderate
Boy Scout Tree Trail
Boy Scout Tree on the ground
Boy Scout Tree on the ground, Photo by David Fulmer

Hike through an underdeveloped old-growth forest to a double trunk redwood. The trail also includes a stop at Fern Falls on your way to the spur trail that will get you to the Boy Scout Tree. The trailhead is in the north part of the park, next to a parking area off Howland Hill Road.

  • 4.6 miles out and back
  • 600′ elevation gain
  • Moderate
Klamath Trail 
Klamath River Overlook (REDW)
Klamath River Overlook, Photo by Redwood National and State Parks

Probably the best section of any of the Coastal Trail hikes in Redwood National Park. Highlights along the trail include tidepools at Hidden Beach and whale watching at Klamath River Overlook. The hike can be split up by driving to the south trailhead if desired. The trailhead is next to the parking area off of Highway 101 near False Klamath.

  • 7.5 miles out and back
  • 1100′ elevation gain
  • Strenuous

Featured Image: Redwood National Park, Photo by Pedro Szekely

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