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Founders' Grove Nature Trail

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 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short easy hike among some of the most impressive Redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Out and Back

398' 121 m

High

384' 117 m

Low

17' 5 m

Up

20' 6 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

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Family Friendly Climbing around the redwoods is great fun - especially inside the burned ones and along the tops of the fallen ones.

Overview

This short excursion is well worth a stop along your tour of the Avenue of the Giants. Get out and enjoy some of the finest redwoods on earth.

Description

Be sure to examine the fallen redwoods, which give you a better sense of how truly massive these trees are. The standing trees are so big, it's hard to understand just how much mass is up there. Trees here are up to about 1,500 years old, and the Founders Tree is 346' tall!

History & Background

Local citizens started getting concerned about the destruction of the redwoods in the 1930's and a group protected this area, and many others at that time. Much has been lost though - 95% of redwoods have been logged, and the 5% that remains is struggling with climate change.

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Nick Wilder

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Trying to get lucky looking for a four-leaf clover!
Jun 8, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA
Beautiful forest floor.
Jun 2, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA
Big Trees- incredible to see, not to be missed!
Jun 8, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA
The Founders Tree: 346' tall!
Jun 2, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA
Old fallen redwood!
Jun 8, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA
The redwoods frequently burn out on the inside, but the outside grows stronger and the tree can survive.
Jun 2, 2016 near Rio Dell, CA

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Sep 2, 2019
Andrew DeMars
Jul 21, 2019
Erin Gaither
11h 00m
May 21, 2019
Nick Coffaro
May 20, 2019
John Woodward
Jan 27, 2019
Genady Shagal
Dec 8, 2017
Krystal Nichols
Apr 29, 2017
Elizabeth Bacon
we took great photos!
Aug 14, 2009
Leon Kotlyar