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Rhododendron Trail

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7.5 Miles 12.0 Kilometers

 

79% 

Runnable

Singletrack

1,764' 538 m

Ascent

-1,975' -602 m

Descent

973' 297 m

High

196' 60 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

All Clear

79 days agoUpdate

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

Mikhaila Redovian

Overview

Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

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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All Clear 79 days ago
Fallen Trees - It doesn't seem like this trail is used as often as the others due to it's difficulty. Some areas were overgrown and we didn't see anyone else throughout the whole trail but it made it that much better!
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