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Tall Trees Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 57' 17 m
Descent: -787' -240 m
High: 845' 258 m
Low: 106' 32 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

This winding loop trail leads to the Tall Trees Grove where runners can enjoy observing some of the parks tallest trees.

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Features River/Creek · Views

Visitors will need to pick up a free permit from one of the parks' visitor centers to access this trail.

Runner Notes

This trail is better suited to slower contemplation, especially given the volume of other trail users you'll meet. Head out early in the morning, or in the later afternoon for your best chances of an uninterrupted run.

Description

Visitors to Redwood National Park frequently come to admire the giant coastal redwoods the call this area home, and the Tall Trees Trail is the perfect trail on which to visit some of the park's giants. An excursion to this trail will take nearly half a day, and the park recommends allotting ~4 hours to reach the trailhead and complete your journey on this trail. The last few miles of driving to this location will be on a winding dirt road. This makes it especially difficult for larger vehicles such as RV's to access the trailhead, and travel isn't recommended for vehicles over 21 feet in length.

After the scenic drive to the trailhead, you'll park your car near a picnic area and trailhead. From there, two trails will depart, this one and the Emerald Ridge Trail. Take the more northern of the two, and keep right at any intersections. From here, you'll enjoy about 1.5 miles of shady, downhill running. There are a few steeper portions of the trail, so use caution on your way down.

At the end of the descent, you'll have reached an alluvial flat. The trail here will split both right and left. You can take either route, as this is a looped portion of the trail. This route heads to the left first, following along Redwood Creek. You'll enjoy a series of boardwalks through this section, which keep your feet dry even when water levels are high. Enjoy this opportunity to get especially close to the water and to observe the full-time residents!

As you continue on your way, the trail will eventually duck back into the trees. It is in this section that the already large redwood forest will show off some of the tallest members of the grove. Take your time to admire the scale of the trees in this portion, as some of them are truly massive! Once you've made your way through the grove, you'll find yourself back at the intersection where you initially turned left.

Make another left to begin your 1.5 mile run back to the car. Note that the elevation that you lost on the way to the grove has to be made up, and you'll be climbing for most of the return trip.

Flora & Fauna

Aside from a healthy redwood population, runners will see plenty of ferns, Douglas fir, and hemlock on the way.

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Land Manager: NPS - Redwood

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Aug 25, 2017
Dara Zimmerman
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Photos

Walking through a massive redwood on the way to the Tall Trees area.
Dec 20, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Looking up at the redwoods in the Tall Trees Grove. This photo is close to where the trail enters into the woods again.
Sep 24, 2019 near Westhav…, CA
The trail through tree on Tall Trees Trail in Redwood National Park.
Aug 28, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park
Aug 28, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Mossy maple in Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park.
Aug 28, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Tall Trees Trail in Redwood National Park
Aug 28, 2017 near Westhav…, CA

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