A springtime favorite, the Rhododendron Trail is sure to inspire!”
— Mikhaila Redovian
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Family Friendly: While the full extent of this trail would be overwhelming for most kids, taking a short out-and-back to admire the wildflowers is the perfect outing for families.
Dogs: No Dogs
Though this trail is one of the longer routes in the park, it is easily one of the most scenic. The rolling terrain and damp, shady surroundings provide a sense of seclusion, even though you're not too far from Highway 101. Stepping onto this trail, however, you'd never guess how close to civilization you are.
Though there are plenty of shades of healthy green to see along the way, the true stars of this trail are California rhododendron. The flowering evergreens thrive in the moist conditions of this area, and this trail in particular moves through dense groves of them. Between April and July, you'll enjoy the best colors and the most blooms, so taking this trail during the spring is a must. In addition to the flowers themselves, this trail meanders through forests that allow plenty of light to filter through the canopy. These conditions make this a popular trail among artists, especially photographers.
At nearly 7.5-miles long, this trail is one of the longest in the park, though the journey is well worthwhile. The trail is undulating with generally mild grades. Heading from north to south, hikers will cross Brown Creek before coming to its end near Boyes Creek.