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Rhododendron Trail

Intermediate

Trail

7.5 mile 12.0 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,764' 538 m
Descent: -1,975' -602 m
High: 973' 297 m
Low: 196' 60 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

A springtime favorite, the Rhododendron Trail is sure to inspire!

Mikhaila Redovian

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Though this trail is one of the longer routes in the park, it is easily one of the most scenic. The rolling terrain and damp, shady surroundings provide a sense of seclusion, even though you're not too far from Highway 101. Stepping onto this trail, however, you'd never guess how close to civilization you are.

Though there are plenty of shades of healthy green to see along the way, the true stars of this trail are California rhododendron. The flowering evergreens thrive in the moist conditions of this area, and this trail in particular moves through dense groves of them. Between April and July, you'll enjoy the best colors and the most blooms, so taking this trail during the spring is a must. In addition to the flowers themselves, this trail meanders through forests that allow plenty of light to filter through the canopy. These conditions make this a popular trail among artists, especially photographers.

At nearly 7.5-miles long, this trail is one of the longest in the park, though the journey is well worthwhile. The trail is undulating with generally mild grades. Heading from north to south, runners will cross Brown Creek before coming to its end near Boyes Creek.

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