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Stout Memorial Grove

Easy

Trail

1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 245' 75 m
Descent: -245' -75 m
High: 295' 90 m
Low: 135' 41 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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An easy run to a small grove that's big on trees and wonder.

Eric Ashley

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Overview

A simple run to an ancient grove that is frequently considered the "heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park."

Description

From the Little Bald Hills Trail Parking Area, follow the River Trail along the Smith River. Two easy flights of stairs usher runners into a beautiful tunnel of foliage with occasional roots and rocks dotting the way. The trail continues descending along the water and soon arrives at a tranquil bridge over Cedar Creek. On the other side, the going is wide and smooth.

Follow the flat Stout Grove Trail around a short loop through these awesome trees and sword ferns. The 44-acres of land that the grove grows on was donated to the Save-the-Redwoods League by Mrs. Clara Stout in 1929. Not only is the grove very peaceful, but occasional flood waters have prevented the growth of smaller plants and trees, allowing the redwoods to dominate the understory views. When you've finished the loop, just retrace your way back to the parking area.

The grove can also be accessed from the Jedidiah Smith Campground during the summer, or even more easily from the Stout Grove Trailhead if you're pressed for time.

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May 13, 2017
Dara Zimmerman

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  4.3 from 14 votes

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#254

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#1,914

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Redwood sunset.
Dec 27, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
Cobbles armor the River Trail near Stout Grove.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Roots and cobbles define the trail surface on the River Trail.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The Stout Grove Trail gives you a sense of just how small you are in comparison to these age-old trees.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The River Trail passes through these beautiful forest 'tunnels'.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The River Trail navigates through a corridor between age-old redwood forest and the Smith River.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA

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