Redwood Creek Trail

Redwood National Park, California

Elevation Gain593ft
Trailhead Elevation61ft
Elevation Min/Max41/130ft
Elevation Start/End61/61ft

Redwood Creek Trail

Redwood Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Redwood National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 61 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 593 feet. The Redwood Creek Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Orick Horse Trail.

Redwood Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"As the only area where dispersed backcountry camping is allowed within Redwood National Park, the Redwood Creek Trail offers the best opportunity for backpacking (the loops of the Orick Horse Trail network are better suited for equestrians). While logging affected the southwestern part of the drainage, an 8,000-acre tract on the east side represents one of the largest stands of continuous old-growth forest in the redwood parks. Nonetheless, there aren’t too many huge redwoods right along the trail, at least until the Tall Trees Grove near the end, where the former number one largest coast redwood and other stately monarchs fill an alluvial flat next to the creek. The 1.3-mile Tall Trees Trail (see Trail 35) provides visitor access to this grove, which diminishes the likelihood of observing the giants in complete solitude. However, there should be fewer people here than in the groves along US 101."

"Take a pleasant, shaded day hike or backpack trip near the banks of Redwood Creek on your way to visit the world’s tallest tree. Be aware that Redwood Creek often swells to uncrossable depths from November into May. Movable bridges allow easy crossing in the busy warmer months, but you’ll have to wade the rest of the time. You can camp on the creek’s numerous gravel bars (register first). Wear long pants to avoid rubbing against trailside plants."

Redwood Creek Trail Reviews

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It was refreshing although the gravel bed is slower travel. Wear the water sandals during this part, leave the boots for the trail. To have fires by the creek on the gravel was great and the dry sand bars make for soft tent sleeping.

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Trail Information

Redwood National Park
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Local Contacts
USGS Orick, Rodgers Peak, Bald Hills
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