Boy Scout Trail

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

Elevation Gain1,259ft
Trailhead Elevation207ft
Elevation Min/Max119/533ft
Elevation Start/End207/207ft

Boy Scout Trail

Boy Scout Trail is a hiking trail in Del Norte County, California. It is within Redwood Heritage State Wilderness and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 207 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,259 feet. The Ferrel Grove (elevation 187 feet) wood is near the trailhead. The Boy Scout Tree can be seen along the trail.

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"This easy hike leads through magni?cent old- growth redwoods
to the stunning Boy Scout Tree, a mammoth specimen of coast
redwood. The path continues past the tree to pretty Fern Falls, a scenic waterfall surrounded by large ferns and more redwoods. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is in the heart of the region that boasts some of the best examples of old- growth coast redwoods.

Walking among these monumental trees induces hushed voices and whispers of quiet astonishment. The Boy Scout Tree is a particularly exceptional specimen, but the tree itself is only part of this hike’s charm. The trail to the Boy Scout Tree passes through magnificent redwoods that are massive in their own right as it pushes into the wilderness, where a sense of deep isolation prevails."

"North America’s temperate rain forest extends from northwest California to Alaska in a narrow coastal strip where rainfall is significant year-round and snow is infrequent. The coastal redwood forest range extends north from Big Sur to a few miles past the Oregon border and exists in a narrow belt. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is one of the few places where you can experience the rare juxtaposition of these two impressive worlds."

"Given its distance from the megapopulation centers of Northern California compared to the more popular redwood parks farther south, you would think that Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park would experience fewer visitors. But the Boy Scout Tree Trail seems to defy convention, as the small parking area is often full on summer weekends. The only trail to enter the heart of the park’s backcountry traverses through attractive groves of old-growth redwoods on the way to an immense coastal sequoia and a scenic waterfall. The trail’s distance from the highway allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy the redwoods the way they should be enjoyed—in peace and quiet."

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Trail Information

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
1440 Highway 199, Crescent City 95531; (707) 465-7335;
Local Contacts
Redwood National and State Parks: North by Redwood Hikes Press, USGS 7.5-min. Hiouchi
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Sep 2018