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Cathedral Trees Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

Home to some of the largest trees in the Prairie Creek area, this trail is sure to leave a lasting impression.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

92%

Runnable

321' 98 m

High

152' 46 m

Low

271' 82 m

Up

101' 31 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

104%

Max Grade (46°)

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Runner Notes

This is a popular trail that is close to the visitor center so don't expect to have it all to yourself.

Description

This short trail gives visitors access to some of the largest trees in the Prairie Creek area. Many of these trees that tower along the slopes are part of cathedral groves or a family group of trees. RunnerS will pass fallen mother trees that are now the nursery logs for a wide variety of ferns and trees.

The trail starts from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center and skirts the meadow, before heading into the woods that line Boyes Creek. From here, the trail climbs gently, passing the junctions with the Elk Prairie Trail and the Rhododendron Trail, before coming to its end at the Circle Trail.

Runners have several options to make a variety of short loops or can simply run an out-and-back on the Cathedral Trees Trail. The trees are just as impressive when you head in the opposite direction.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods galore!

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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That's one massive tree! (Big Tree Wayside)
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Elk Prairie.
Dec 16, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
The underside of a fallen redwood can be as impressive as its standing fellows.
Nov 10, 2019 near Westhav…, CA
Dwarfed by the immense Redwoods of Big Tree Wayside.
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA

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