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Foothill Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (8)

A very popular forest-wonderland trail that passes Big Tree Wayside.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

84%

Runnable

491' 150 m

High

166' 51 m

Low

468' 143 m

Up

264' 81 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Runner Notes

The first half of this trail will likely be too crowded to run on, but the northern half would make for a beautiful, yet challenging run.

Description

This stunning old-growth trail invites runners to explore an enchanting forest landscape watched over by towering giants. The rich green surroundings and easy accessibility make the Foothill Trail one of the most popular choices for visitors.

The trail begins off of the Cathedral Trees Trail near the Elk Prairie Parking Area. From here, it's quite wide and easy to travel (this southern portion is actually part of an ADA-accessible loop). As it heads north, it immediately welcomes runners into a heavily shaded grove.

Not too far ahead, the trail comes beside a depression that oddly lets more light down to the undergrowth. The stronger sun persists until the Big Tree Wayside where a glorious giant tree delights droves of visitors. At over 300-feet tall, it's a beautiful and imposing example of what nature is capable of.

As the trail continues past the Big Tree Wayside, it soon becomes steeper and more difficult. This second half is characterized by rolling terrain that darts around the valleys and contours as it climbs to the north. Though the trail parallels the road, it's easy to forget about any nearby traffic while enjoying the streaming light and pristine surroundings.

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Eric Ashley

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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That's one massive tree! (Big Tree Wayside)
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Dwarfed by the immense Redwoods of Big Tree Wayside.
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
The massive redwoods of Big Tree Wayside.
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA

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