“A beautiful, easy run through a "young" old-growth redwood forest.
— Nick Wilder
This small park is much like Muir Woods National Park two hours to the south, with the same amazing trees and lovely path through forest floor. What it lacks: all those people. While there is some traffic here, it's nothing like Muir Woods, and there are many places to enjoy a picnic in peace.
Need to Know
You can drive through this area, but the traffic is light and not a problem at all. There are picnic spots scattered all over - take your pick! There is FREE parking right before start of the trail, and walking in to the park is free. Driving in to the picnic spots incurs a small entrance fee.
This route covers the three trails nearest the park entrance and visitor center, and take you through the best section of redwoods in this park. Several are called out with special historical plaques. They are are up to 1500 years old and 310 feet tall. Think about that for a minute!
If you'd like a longer run, there are several trails to make much longer and harder loops. Most of those trails are much hillier, and once you leave the valley floor, the trees change to Douglas fir and bay laurels. It's still lovely forest, but very common for this part of California and lacks the magic of the redwoods.