Tall Trees Grove Red­wood National Park, CA

Walk among for­est gi­ants on this re­mote 4-mile lol­lipop-loop.

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Get here

Se­cure a per­mit at the Kuchel Visi­tor Cen­ter, where you’ll get di­rec­tions and a code to the locked en­try. Past the gate, drive an­other 6 miles to the Tall Trees trail­head. Set out through a mixed un­der­story of fir and rhodo­den­dron (bloom­ing May and June) to the gravel bank of Red­wood Creek at mile 1.5. From there, tackle the 1-mile loop clockwise be­neath its name­sake be­he­moths, then re­trace your steps back.

Stay longer

The gravel bars along Red­wood Creek are the only place in the park where dis­persed camp­ing is al­lowed (free per­mit re­quired). At mile 2, take the so­cial path to the creek and snag a spot at least a quar­ter-mile from the main grove. Cau­tion: In Septem­ber, the Park Ser­vice re­moves the foot­bridges that help hik­ers fol­low the trail across the creek. After De­cem­ber, the wa­ter is of­ten too high to ford.

DO IT

Trail­head 41.207950, -123.992950 Sea­son Year­round Per­mit Re­quired (free); ob­tain from Kuchel Visi­tor Cen­ter. Con­tact nps.gov/redw

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