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Trillium Falls Loop Trail

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 4.0 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice loop hike to a small but scenic waterfall.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Loop

348' 106 m

High

61' 18 m

Low

510' 155 m

Up

509' 155 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly At just under 3 miles long, this loop is great for the entire family.

Overview

This is a scenic loop that heads through dense woods to a small but memorable waterfall. I found that hiking the loop later in the day gives you the best chance of seeing Roosevelt Elk in Elk Meadows.

Description

Trillium Falls Trail is a nice, shorter hike through a second growth and old growth redwood forest which offer plenty of shade making it a great option for a midday hike. The trail starts from the Elk Meadows Day Use parking area. Start from behind the restrooms and hike down the paved bike path. Soon you'll see a sign directing you to Trillium Falls Trail.

The trail is not marked except for an occasional wood post and arrow pointing the direction, but it is well-worn so you shouldn't have any trouble finding your way. The hike is a little less than 3 miles and has an elevation gain of just over 500 feet.

About one third of the way into the Trillium Falls Trail (if you started the loop counter clockwise) you'll reach Trillium Falls. It is not a very large waterfall at all but it is a pretty cascading fall set back in a moss and fern gully. There is a bridge directly in front which give a great location to view it from. This is also a nice platform for a tripod. Due to the tall trees, there wasn't much light. Fortunately I had a small tripod for my camera and it worked out well.

I did this loop in late afternoon and didn't see a single person. The highlight of this hike was the peaceful setting and visiting Trillium Falls. Overall, it was an enjoyable hike that I would do again.

Flora & Fauna

The trail is lined with sweet smelling ferns and redwood trees.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Redwood

Shared By:

John Maurizi

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Mossy tree near Trillium Falls
Aug 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Cascading water from Trillium Falls truly completes this lush forest scene.
Apr 29, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Trillium Falls Trail meanders through age-old forests to a beautiful waterfall.
Apr 29, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Ample trailhead signage gives you an idea of what to expect before you set foot in the forest.
Apr 29, 2017 near Westhav…, CA

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Jun 14, 2020
Lesley Hazleton
Second hike in the Redwoods. Really enjoyed the different vegetation around the water. Had a debate about the velocity of ascent. 2.7mi — 13h 06m
Jun 11, 2019
James Lester
Nice trail! Definitely some big trees! 3mi — 3h 00m
May 29, 2019
Chris Kintner
Apr 29, 2019
Claire Hiles
Mar 27, 2019
Shelly Asmussen
Nov 3, 2018
Omri Zekel
Aug 27, 2018
Rick Zabroski
Jun 27, 2018
Darcy Andersen