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Simpson-Reed Trail

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 4.3 (3)

Millennium-old redwoods and abundant wildlife make this quick loop a great trail.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

98%

Runnable

149' 46 m

High

104' 32 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Runner Notes

While this trail is perfect for a quick run, you might find yourself so distracted by the surrounding beauty that you might want to slow down so you can appreciate it.

Description

Journey along the Simpson-Reed Trail for a magical experience amidst trees that have been alive since the world was being conquered by the likes of Genghis Khan and the Roman Empire.

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.

Flora & Fauna

While on your journey, expect to see a variety of plant and animal species, including redwoods, hemlocks, ferns, huckleberries, rough-skinned newts, red-legged frogs, and an array of fish and bugs.

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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#912

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#9,567

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Huge root partially exposed
Oct 20, 2021 near Bertsch…, CA
Huge fallen tree near the parking area.
Oct 20, 2021 near Bertsch…, CA
Banana slug
Oct 20, 2021 near Bertsch…, CA
Limited parking, but it was sufficient for an early August weekday.
Oct 20, 2021 near Bertsch…, CA
Giant trees to climb on and explore.
Oct 20, 2021 near Bertsch…, CA

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