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Stout Memorial Grove

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy hike to a small grove that's big on trees and wonder.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Loop

295' 90 m

High

135' 41 m

Low

245' 75 m

Up

245' 75 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love exploring the redwood giants in Stouts Grove.

Overview

A simple hike to an ancient grove that is frequently considered the "heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park."

Description

From the Little Bald Hills Trail Parking Area, follow the River Trail along the Smith River. Two easy flights of stairs usher hikers into a beautiful tunnel of foliage with occasional roots and rocks dotting the way. The trail continues descending along the water and soon arrives at a tranquil bridge over Cedar Creek. On the other side, the going is wide and smooth.

Follow the flat Stout Grove Trail around a short loop through these awesome trees and sword ferns. The 44-acres of land that the grove grows on was donated to the Save-the-Redwoods League by Mrs. Clara Stout in 1929. Not only is the grove very peaceful, but occasional flood waters have prevented the growth of smaller plants and trees, allowing the redwoods to dominate the understory views. When you've finished the loop, just retrace your way back to the parking area.

The grove can also be accessed from the Jedidiah Smith Campground during the summer, or even more easily from the Stout Grove Trailhead if you're pressed for time.

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Eric Ashley

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  4.3 from 15 votes

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Redwood sunset.
Dec 27, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
Cobbles armor the River Trail near Stout Grove.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Roots and cobbles define the trail surface on the River Trail.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The Stout Grove Trail gives you a sense of just how small you are in comparison to these age-old trees.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The River Trail passes through these beautiful forest 'tunnels'.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The River Trail navigates through a corridor between age-old redwood forest and the Smith River.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA

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Aug 2, 2020
Nick Smith
Some of the best trees in the world. Be sure to enter the trail by the Hiouchi visitor center and campground. 1.3mi — 1h 00m
Jun 14, 2020
Lesley Hazleton
Walked the trail at dusk. It was really neat to see the old growth Grove in the different lighting. It was an interesting comparison to the secon… — 8h 16m
Nov 10, 2019
Courtney Thuesen
Sep 23, 2019
C Montoya
Easy hike through beautiful redwoods.
Sep 22, 2019
C Montoya
Aug 27, 2019
Charlotte Collins
1.3mi
Aug 3, 2019
Phillip McClung
Jul 7, 2019
Sophia Pang