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Boy Scout Tree Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 393' 120 m
Descent: -502' -153 m
High: 639' 195 m
Low: 212' 65 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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Trail shared by Andreea Danielescu

A nice trail leading through the forest with some redwoods and a waterfall at the end.

Andreea Danielescu

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Runner Notes

This trail can get a little muddy in spots. Watch out for roots all over the trail.

Description

The trailhead will be on the left side of Howland Hill Road and will be well marked. Look for cars parked on the right hand side (north of the road). This is a nice forested path that will take you through some redwoods. Towards the end of the trail will be a set of stairs that leads up to the Boy Scout redwood tree. This behemoth is truly remarkable. The double trunk of the redwood will dwarf any others, and this is a great spot to simply appreciate this incredible tree species.

Once you've seen the Boy Scout tree, you can head back down to the main trail and continue onward a short distance to Fern Falls. The falls have a nice resting spot where visitors can enjoy the waterfall. This is a great place to have snack before heading back to the car.

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Mar 24, 2019
Bob Durie
Lots of day hikers out, Sunday afternoon after all. Most of the trail was great, only a bit soggy in a few spots. 5.6mi — 1h 06m
Mar 2, 2019
Jake Ramsby

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  4.4 from 17 votes

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The banana slug is one of the token species of this area.
Apr 28, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The Boy Scout Tree Trail is beautifully built, allowing you to worry less about where you place your feet and more about soaking up your colossal surroundings.
Apr 28, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Boy Scout Tree Trail on Jul 16, 2016.
Jul 16, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
The Boy Scout Tree Trailhead is marked by this sign.
Apr 28, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
A slug eyeing lunch near the Boy Scout Tree
Jan 5, 2020 near Bertsch…, CA
Among the redwoods on the way to the Boy Scout Tree
Jan 5, 2020 near Bertsch…, CA

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