Hiking Trails in the Redwood National Forest

Hiking Trails in the Redwood National Forest
Redwood National Park and State Parks are known for ancient, gigantic redwoods and hiking trails. Some of the sights include vast prairies, sweeping beaches, old-growth redwood forests, stately forests as well as diverse wildlife and vegetation. There are numerous hikes along the park which can be divided into north, south and coastal trails.

Rellim Ridge Trail

Rellim Ridge Trail is one of the hiking trails in the Redwood National and State Parks' group of northern trails. Named after a local, prominent timber company back in the 1800s, this trail is located in the national park and the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The north trailhead is at the west end of Howland Hill Road, while the south trailhead is on Hamilton Road. Rellim Ridge is 4.3 miles long with a moderate level of difficulty rating due to its non-level terrain. Hikers should expect a strenuous climb through a thick wooded ridge with impressive vegetation and trees along the way, including alder, spruce, maple and tanoak. One of the trail's scenic sights is the vista point overlooking the Crescent City harbor.

Redwood National Park
1440 U.S. Highway 199
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-9150‎


Lost Man Creek Trail

Redwood National and State Parks' southern trails start at the Klamath River and end at Lyons Ranch. One of the southern trails is the Lost Man Creek Trail, located in Redwood National Park. This trail is accessible through Bald Hills Road but the trailhead begins on Lost Man Creek Road at a picnic area with the same name. Hikers looking for day trips will appreciate trekking this 10-mile challenge with its strenuous difficulty level rating. The trail has steep grades and switchbacks as well as a moderate stream crossing, which should be passed with caution. Sights include ancient redwoods, a stream valley, a bridge crossing with water views and a second-growth redwood forest. Bikes are allowed on Lost Man Creek Trail.

Crescent Beach Section

The Redwood National Forest and State Parks also have coastal trail sections featuring hikes along scenic coastal bluffs, sandy beaches and sightings of sea lions and gulls. Prominent features also include trees of Sitka spruce, red alder and salmonberry. Crescent Beach Section is a 3.5-mile hiking trail in the Redwood National Park. The trailhead starts on Enderts Beach Road at the Crescent Beach picnic area. This trail is easy and flat and leads to a stretch of beach. Wildlife-viewers can expect to see Roosevelt elk grazing in open grassy areas.


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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