Big Trees Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Bull Creek State Wilderness. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 248 feet altitude. The Big Trees Day Use Area picnic site and the Giant Tree are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms, an information board, and parking. The trail ends near the Giant Tree.
Big Trees Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Bull Creek is home to the largest remaining contiguous redwood stand in existence, and this short loop allows access to a picturesque portion known as the Rockefeller Forest. The route follows a section of the Tall Tree Trail and the Homestead Trail on a circuit through Upper Bull Creek Flat immediately north of the creek. The redwoods are most impressive along the Tall Tree Trail, which travels alongside the creek, but the slightly elevated Homestead Trail offers an enjoyable perspective as well. While the loop parallels Mattole Road, traffic is generally light enough, particularly in the off-season, to only occasionally interrupt the tranquility of the grove."
--Mike White, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press).
"The short Big Tree Loop is one of the main highlights for summer visitors to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, when a seasonal footbridge allows easy access across Bull Creek to a stand of impressive old-growth redwoods. The most notable tree, the Giant holds the distinction of being the National Champion Redwood, awarded based upon a number of factors, including diameter, height, and crown spread. Additionally, visitors can gain a better perspective on just how massive a mature redwood can be while viewing the Flatiron Tree, a huge downed redwood sprawling across the forest floor. Away from these popular tourist attractions, the loop travels through a cathedral-like forest containing many fine redwood specimens. The picnic area at the trailhead offers the opportunity for lunch following the short and easy hike."
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