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green Cathedral Trees Trail

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 271' 82 m
Descent: -101' -31 m
High: 321' 98 m
Low: 152' 46 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 104% (46°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

Home to some of the largest trees in the Prairie Creek area, this trail is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Kristen Arendt

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Family Friendly This is a great trail for children because of its gentle grade and many trailside herbs and berries.

Description

This short trail gives visitors access to some of the largest trees in the Prairie Creek area. Many of these trees that tower along the slopes are part of cathedral groves or a family group of trees. HikerS will pass fallen mother trees that are now the nursery logs for a wide variety of ferns and trees.

The trail starts from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center and skirts the meadow, before heading into the woods that line Boyes Creek. From here, the trail climbs gently, passing the junctions with the Elk Prairie Trail and the Rhododendron Trail, before coming to its end at the Circle Trail.

Hikers have several options to make a variety of short loops or can simply hike an out-and-back on the Cathedral Trees Trail. The trees are just as impressive when you head in the opposite direction.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods galore!

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May 20, 2019
Caroline Hartford
Started at visitors center, parts of trail were very overgrown and wet. There is a steep climb up to Big Tree. Looped back to visitor's center on P… — 2h 00m
Sep 28, 2018
Brian Anderson
went up till junction to big tree
Sep 10, 2018
Logan Shaver
Aug 14, 2018
Gretchen Chojnacki-Herbers
Kids felt like they were hiking through the jungle! — 1h 00m
Jun 26, 2018
Wesley Reetz
Jun 13, 2018
Lance Gibson
May 27, 2018
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Oct 7, 2017
Dan Budge
August 2013

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