Redwood National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Hiking Through Lady Bird Grove

    by Basaic Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The trail through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a 1 mile (1.4 km) loop trail that is easy to moderate in difficulty. It loops through a range-top forest of redwood and Douglas firs. Because the windswept slopes and ridges provide a less desirable environment than the more protected valleys the redwood shares this area with a wider variety of plants.

    Equipment: Good hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, maybe some trail food like granola bars.

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    Lost Man Creek Trail

    by Basaic Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    The Lost Man Creek Trail is 11.5 miles in length. It leads past the World Heritage Site Dedication Area, a cascade on the creek through an old growth and a second growth area and ends up on Bald Hills Road. The trail is moderate for the first two miles from the Lost Man Creek Trailhead then gets more difficult as you gain altitude and have to negotiate a series of switchbacks. The trail is easier if you start at Bald Hills Road and walk towards Lost Man Creek. Note that the mileage is one way, so if you don’t have someone meeting you at the other end you have to walk back.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, some good trail food.

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    Trillium Falls Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

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    Trillium Falls trail is a nice little hike through a second growth and old growth redwood forest. The trail is lined with sweet smelling ferns. This trail offers plenty of shade which would be good for a midday hike. The trail starts from the Elk Meadows Day Use parking area. Start from behind the restrooms and walk down the paved bike path. Soon you will see a sign directing you to Trillium Falls Trail. The trail is well worn but not marked except for an occasional wood post and arrow pointing the direction.

    The trail is a little less than 3 miles and has an elevation gain of just over 500 feet. I hiked this in late afternoon and didn't see a single person. The highlight of this hike was the solitude and the small Trillium Falls. An enjoyable hike I would do again.

    Equipment: Moderate hiking shoes or athletic sneakers.

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    Emerald Ridge Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

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    Access to the Emerald Ridge Trail requires a backcountry day pass. The pass is free and can be obtained at any of the visitor centers. I got mine at the Kuchel Visitor Center. From the dirt parking lot, it is a few steps until the Emerald Ridge Trail starts at a sharp left turn. Be careful you don't miss the trail sign. The trail straight ahead takes you to the Tall Trees Loop.

    The Emerald Ridge Trail really has no views and you only pass by a few old growth redwoods. The trail is about 1.5 miles and ends at Redwood Creek. You can return the way you came or continue with the Emerald Ridge Loop which requires walking the banks and fording the Redwood Creek several times until you reach the Tall Trees Loop.

    Equipment: Moderate hiking shoes.

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    Redwood Creek - Emerald Ridge Loop

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

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    The Redwood Creek is a beautiful, shallow river. It is rocky and popular with area fishermen. Technically it is not a trail however the park service has put signage on the Emerald Ridge Trail and they also tell you this are the visitor center that this loop exists. The park service map even shows an unmaintained trail along the river bank. This is misleading because the to complete the loop, you must cross Redwood Creek more than I few times. I did this in mid June and I had to cross this 6 times.

    When you enter the river bed, you walk along the river on dry portions of the gravel river bank. Eventually you run out of real estate and have to cross the river to get to the next dry gravel bench. You will get wet! Several of the crossings the water was up to my knees. Keep this in mind because your hiking boots will need several days to dry out. There are too many crossings to waste time taking off and putting on the your boots.

    Be sure to check with the park rangers before taking on this hike. This hike should only be done in late spring and summer. I also recommend hiking the loop in a clockwise direction, entering from Emerald Ridge Trail. Once on the river bank you will travel down stream (turn right) and hike for 1.7 miles. Here is the difficult part. Where to exit the river. This was hard to determine. A map is essentials! There is a small stream entering the river from the left called Tom McDonald Creek. Just after this stream there is a large gravel shore area. Walk toward the tree line and look for some small orange ribbons tied to tree branches. These were faded when I was here and it took about 10 minutes to find the right place. This exits you onto the Tall Trees Loop Trail.

    This was one of the best trails I did this trip. I was wet, uncomfortable but the scenery was amazing and I loved every minute of it!

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots that you don't mind getting wet. Trekking poles would also be a good idea.

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    Tall Trees Loop

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

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    This loop hike is at the end of a one mile trail to Redwood Creek. This trail head is from the same parking lot as that for the Emerald Ridge Trail/Loop. The Tall Trees Loop is one mile long itself and is completely flat. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It meanders through a grove of old growth redwoods. This grove sits on the banks of the Redwood Creek and is part of the exit trail for the Emerald Ridge Loop Trail. There is an 800 foot descent from the trail head to the grove. It is a bit steep at points but definitely manageable. Total distance is 2 miles with that direct ascent up.

    This is a worthwhile hike to do in conjunction with the Emerald Ridge Loop. However, if you are pressed for time, there are better groves of old growth redwoods to explore than what is at Tall Trees Loop.

    Equipment: Moderate hiking boots.

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