ElevationAscent: 45' 14 m
Descent: -46' -14 m
High: 149' 46 m
Low: 104' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“Millennium-old redwoods and abundant wildlife make this quick loop a great trail.”— Hunter R
Starting at the trailhead, follow the trail east as it meanders through age-old redwoods underlain by a rich forest of (relatively) young hemlock, deciduous trees, and shrubby undergrowth. Along your journey, keep your eyes peeled for fish eddying in pools afforded by fallen redwoods that have altered the river's flow.
About halfway around the loop, the trail reaches a series of 2 junctions with the Peterson Memorial Trail. If you're inclined to extend your experience in this area's redwoods, take the Peterson Memorial Trail loop east. Otherwise, continue following the Simpson-Reed Trail back to the "stem" of the lollipop and back to the car.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - North Coast Redwoods District