Tall Trees Trail
ElevationAscent: 57' 17 m
Descent: -787' -240 m
High: 845' 258 m
Low: 106' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
Current trail conditions
Popular hikes nearby
Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail
1.4 mi 2.3 km • Loop • 88 ft Ascent 26.73 m Ascent
Singletrack Westhaven-Moonstone, CA( 16 )
Lyons Ranch Trail
3.6 mi 5.8 km • Out and Back • 463 ft Ascent 140.98 m Ascent
Singletrack Westhaven-Moonstone, CA( 2 )
Trillium Falls Loop Trail
2.7 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 510 ft Ascent 155.43 m Ascent
Singletrack Westhaven-Moonstone, CA( 9 )
Friendship Ridge Loop Hike
8.0 mi 12.9 km • Loop • 1,168 ft Ascent 355.87 m Ascent
Singletrack Westhaven-Moonstone, CA( 5 )
Hope Creek/Ten Taypo Loop
3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 730 ft Ascent 222.5 m Ascent
Singletrack Bertsch-Oceanview, CA( 3 )
Arcata Community Forest Tour
5.4 mi 8.6 km • Loop • 836 ft Ascent 254.82 m Ascent
Singletrack Arcata, CA( 4 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“This winding loop trail leads to the Tall Trees Grove where hikers can enjoy observing some of the parks tallest trees.”— Mikhaila Redovian
Family Friendly If your family can handle the distance, this is the perfect place to teach kids about these incredible giant organisms.
After the scenic drive to the trailhead, you'll park your car near a picnic area and trailhead. From there, two trails will depart, this one and the Emerald Ridge Trail. Take the more northern of the two, and keep right at any intersections. From here, you'll enjoy about 1.5 miles of shady, downhill hiking. There are a few steeper portions of the trail, so use caution on your way down.
At the end of the descent, you'll have reached an alluvial flat. The trail here will split both right and left. You can take either route, as this is a looped portion of the trail. This route heads to the left first, following along Redwood Creek. You'll enjoy a series of boardwalks through this section, which keep your feet dry even when water levels are high. Enjoy this opportunity to get especially close to the water and to observe the full-time residents!
As you continue on your way, the trail will eventually duck back into the trees. It is in this section that the already large redwood forest will show off some of the tallest members of the grove. Take your time to admire the scale of the trees in this portion, as some of them are truly massive! Once you've made your way through the grove, you'll find yourself back at the intersection where you initially turned left.
Make another left to begin your 1.5 mile hike back to the car. Note that the elevation that you lost on the way to the grove has to be made up, and you'll be climbing for most of the return trip.
Hiked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.
Land Manager: NPS - Redwood