Boy Scout Tree Trail

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

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

Boy Scout Tree Trail

Boy Scout Tree Trail is a hiking trail in Del Norte County, California. It is within Redwood Heritage State Wilderness and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

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Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"A longer and more remote hike into the old-growth groves of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park that ends at a small waterfall. The small parking pullout at the trailhead has room for about 6 cars. Many cars park at pullouts along the road. The trail is sometimes busy on spring and summer weekends. Consider coming in winter or midweek. Although Stout Grove is the most popular trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, most would consider Boy Scout Tree the best overall hike. The old-growth trees are so dense it occasionally feels as though you’re walking indoors, through a wood cathedral with a sword fern floor and canopy ceiling."
Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"This easy hike leads through magnificent 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."
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"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."
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"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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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Skill Level
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: (707) 458-3018
Local Contacts
USGS Crescent City; Redwood National and State Parks system
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